A fanzine published from 1962–1998 by Ed Meskys. It won the 1967 Best Fanzine Hugo and was nominated for the Best Fanzine Hugo in 1966, 1967, and 1989. Felice Rolfe was co-editor for some of the early issues. The name come from the Lithuanian (Meskys is of Lithuanian extraction) for "nothing" or "nobody".
Meskys wrote, "I started a separate mailing-comments zine for N'APA, and changed its name to Niekas and started the numbering over again with the June 1962 issue... Since there was no Tolkien fanzine being published I decided to devote Niekas to Tolkien and try to run at least one Tolkien related piece in each issue."
Contributors included Piers Anthony, ATom, John Boardman, Vaughn Bodé, Anthony Boucher, Marion Zimmer Bradley ("Bloodthirsty for Power: Vampirism in Hambly's Those Who Hunt the Night"), Charles N. Brown, Don D'Ammassa, Philip K. Dick ("Naziism and the High Castle"), an ongoing "Glossary of Middle Earth" by Robert Foster, who later published Tolkien's World From A to Z: The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, Clyde Kilby, Jack Gaughan, Jack Harness, Ben Indick, S. T. Joshi, Tim Kirk, Fred Lerner, Dave Locke, Sam Moskowitz, Andrew J. Offutt, Diana Paxson, Bruce Pelz, Darrell Schweitzer, Bjo Trimble, and Roger Zelazny ("Song of the Ring" [a poem]).
Niekas also published a number of special issues including A Silverlock Companion and...
When Niekas won the 1967 Best Fanzine Hugo, following the custom of the time NYCon 3 awarded only a single Hugo trophy which wound up with co-editor Felice Rolfe. In 1998, the Ditto 11 organizers got a spare Hugo rocket from Bruce Pelz and created a replica Hugo base and presented Ed Meskys with his own long-overdue Hugo trophy.
|1||June 1962||At this point it is Ed Meskys’ mailing comments apazine for N'APA. In N'APA 13|
|3||December 1962||12||In N'APA 15|
|6||September 1963||By this issue it had become a real genzine. in N'APA 18|
|8||March 1964||33||in N'APA 20|
|9||September 1964||80||in N'APA 22|
|9.5||Fall 1964||10||Titled Fractional Nieka|
|10||December 1964||54||in N'APA 23|
|11||March 1965||82||in N'APA 24|
|12||June 1965||84||in N'APA 25|
|14||December 1965||76||in N'APA 27|
|15||March 1966||68||Editor is now Felice Rolfe, though Ed Meskys is still involved.|
|18||Late Spring 1967||68||Includes Tolkien interview|
|19||December 1968||Editor is now Ed Meskys with Charlie Brown, Marsha Brown, and Elliot Shorter as co-editors. Green Dragon #3 was bound in|
|21||1977||37||Editors are now Ed Meskys, Sherwood Frazier, Margaret Shepard, and Rafe Folch-Pi|
|22||1980||60||Contributors from Jack Gaughan, Isaac Asimov, and John Brunner (short letter); Editors are now Ed Meskys, Sherwood Frazier, Mike Bastraw, and Rafe Folch-Pi|
|August 1980||A Niekas Sampler (not an issue)|
|26||May 1981||64||Editors are now Ed Meskys, Sherwood Frazier, and Mike Bastraw|
|41a||January 1990||46||In a half-width format|
|41b||1990||64||In a half-width format|
|43a||1991||104||In a half-width format|
|43c||1991||1||A supplement inserted into #43a|
|45||1998||128||Special Dark Fantasy issue|
Niekas online at fanac.org
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