The first issue was #77 ("so we would have the Spirit of '76 to inspire us"), and the last issue #105. The club's mythos was that "We were founded at the The 'End of Eternity' to make sure that Hari Seldon was born on time." The club had the right to choose the editor, but it was usually edited by Lee Klingstein (later Lee Gold)
Lee (Klingstein) Gold says "I found organized SF fandom in 1967 at Westercon XX", including filking, then "A month later I attended my first LASFS meeting with copies for sale of The Third Foundation #77 (the fanzine's first issue), containing my first filksong: Oh, What a Beautiful Martian. One of the LASFSians who sang it that night was a fellow named Barry Gold, whom I married two years later."
T3F's main area of interest was fan fiction. T3F #77 contained the first installment of a serial, "Doomed Lensmen," a takeoff on Doc Smith's Lensman universe. Later on, it included "The Tales of the Third Foundation," with successive episodes written in rotation by various members of the club.
|76||1967||Mythical first issue: #77 had "answers to last issues quiz" and "letters of comment" on the "previous issue".|
|77||1967||34||first issue; edited by James Shapiro|
|78||September 1967||40||edited by James Shapiro; Lee Klingstein is listed as "Ambassador from Academia"|
|82||May 1968||40||ed. Lee Klingstein|
|90||September-October 1969||56||Pages numbered 1-38, A-J. Cover by "Simpson"|
|92||January 1970||42||"Year-ish". Cover by G. Barr. Internal evidence implies this was probably published in late Jan. 1970.|
- Third Foundation online at fanac.org.
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