Operation Armageddon

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Also a fanzine edited by VinĀ¢ Clarke with two issues in 1954.

From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959
At the height of ill-feeling between the London Circle and the Bloody Provincials, 1954, the Elsie Horde devised a wonderfully complicated scheme to wreck the Mancon, and gave it this ominous title. It included such things as printing up a rather dismal fake program -- and following this with a fake indignant denial with announcement of an even more dismal program; hunting imaginary rats during speeches; getting the con committee drunk; going around measuring odd lengths with string during the program ("not anything in particular -- just lengths "); starting card games on the floor when/if things got boring, and other resourceful diabolisms. But when it came to the sticking point they relented and fraternized with the Uitlanders, producing the first US-style con -- or so say witnesses who may be giving US cons too much credit for amiability.

The Vince Clarke fanzine Operation Armageddon listed many ways to disrupt the convention, including the above. Though referred to in the Fancyclopedia 2 extract as the Mancon, the 1954 target convention was officially the Supermancon.


Publication Reasonator 1954
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