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June 24th, 2016
02:26 pm

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Loc on The White Notebooks 5 (Pete Young, ed.)
Dear Pete:

First of all, congratulations, Dad! I just saw the picture of your newborn Fa in my Facebook feed this morning. I hope the whole family is happy and healthy. As you say in your FB message you’re a little overwhelmed, and I can understand. Well, The White Notebooks 5 was the next zine up in my IN box, so here’s combination congratulations and comments.

We have so many names for the planet, with the connection of home and sustaining mother-type, but yet, we treat home like garbage pile. We are indeed the only animals on the Earth that will happily foul their own nests.

For us, retirement is beckoning, so we feel we must lighten our load. That means weeding our book collections, our collections of fannish materials (fanzines, programme books, magazines, etc.) if we need to be mobile, which will probably happen. There is much comfort for us with books on the shelves. To me, it looks like there will not be any place or anyone interested in taking on my books and other papers, so even though they are of value, it may only be so for me, and the recycle bins will be bulging. I think that will have to happen over the next year or so.

My loc…not much has changed, I am still not working, but it’s not for lack of trying. I think my age is working against me, as are my qualifications. Employers then make assumptions as to how much I’d want for salary, and gloss over my resume. Computer problems continue, and I put the blame squarely with Windows 10. Yvonne and I are both on a low-carb diet, and the weight is melting off.

I mark my entry into fandom to December 1977. Our family had moved from Ontario to British Columbia that summer, and I did see the original Star Wars in the theatre in Victoria. In December of that year, I saw advertising for a local Star Trek club…I joined, and the rest is my own history. Fandom will have had to endure me for 39 years this coming December.

The rest, I will say in apa-ish fashion RAE,BNC. Many thanks for this issue, and happy family.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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June 22nd, 2016
01:54 pm

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Loc on Broken Toys 49 (Taral Wayne, ed.)
Dear Taral:

Thank you for the penultimate Broken Toys, issue 49. I promise that when issue 50 arrives, you’ll get a loc, even if there’s no issue 51. With that, off to see what I can type up.

Yes, you were on the Aurora ballot, but as we are starting to realize with the Auroras, the fan Auroras are not for fans doing fannish things for other fans, but for fans doing fannish things for pros. The average Aurora voter may be an SF reader, but so many of them have no connection with fanzines, or even no connection with fandom as we know it. We mourn fandom’s slow passing, and the fact we can’t even get nominated for awards we’d won before is just another sign of that passing.

Yvonne and I do that every so often…look at what we’re doing, and see what we can stop doing or drop entirely to relieve the pressure if we’re a little over-committed. With a little fanac review like that, that’s when we decided to drop convention running, and to be honest, no regrets. Other activities may have to be slowed down, or stopped in the next few years.

I guess fandom, or any other social group, is never quite what you want or need it to be, even in those halcyon days when you first discover it. Disputatious, competitive, insecure, manipulative and judgmental…yes, that is humanity alright, and pretty typical these days. Two friends of mine, both former Toronto fans now living in Vancouver, have spent the last number of years and far too much money trying to get a renaissance faire going in the greater Vancouver area without much success, mostly because of people and entities who agree to provide services, either with a verbal or even written contract, and fail to complete the contract, often because they just don’t feel like it. Small businesses have a helluva time doing business, and it’s something I wouldn’t want to have to do myself. Most people do not have a conscience telling them to do what they promised, and fandom isn’t so different.

Yes, we find the social arena we like, and compete within it. I admit I haven’t been too successful in that competition, but I prefer to chart what success I have had with friends and acquaintances along the way, and I’ve built friendships that, I hope, last me the rest of my days. Finding other interests have expanded that tally of friends, and I have found there’s the same politics and bad manners as in our fandom. Still, the good greatly outweighs the bad, and we carry on.

Bankruptcy doesn’t sound good at all, but at age 65, you’d like some financial stability. Those proceedings may be what you need for a financial reset, and a decent retirement. Everyone could use someone like Danielle.

Homemade bread is great! A friend of my father’s used to provide our family with homemade breads all the time, breads so moist and good, they were almost cake. I’d love to do that again, but right now, Yvonne and I have embraced a low-carb diet, and the pounds are happily falling off. We used to buy the baker’s fog at the supermarket, but any bread we do have comes from the Dimpflmeier’s Bakery outlet store just south of Kipling station. Even their white bread is of far better quality than anything from a supermarket. (Dufferin Mall is slowly gentrifying, where fashion is more important than everyday goods. We are north of Sherway Gardens, and it is gentrifying even more. That pleasant mall is slowly expanding into a behemoth, where there’s dozens of clothing stores, but no place to buy greeting cards, or things you’d expect people really need. We now usually go to Cloverdale Mall, much smaller, but very practical.)

I never saw The Martian…still, I think the technology is mostly there, but will Uncle Moneybags to the south care to spend that money on research, or will simply continue to line the pockets of the 1% while cutting further back on scientific concerns? If they can send a man to the moon, why can’t they send a man to the moon today? If we weren’t so busy fighting useless wars, and the perceived constant threat of terrorists, where would we be today? Mars? Further? I usually say, Save the Planet!, It’s the only one with chocolate…and coffee…and bacon. You’d think most people would vote with their stomachs…

Hmmm…Brexit or Breturn? As Canadians, we have found, I think, that you’re better off together than apart, so I would vote for Breturn, and stay in the EU. Even the threat of leaving has lost Britain a few billion pounds, so I think staying is the smarter choice. However, seeing the Brexit choice is manned by political half-wits and right-wing nobs, I would like to think that saying would win. I guess we will find out in the next couple of days.

The locol…I am slowly wrapping my head around the idea that I will have to severely weed my book collection, or perhaps give away my fanzine collection, in order to reduce what we’d have to move should we have to leave 24 Eva Road, which we can see doing as retirement beckons, as it did with John Nielsen-Hall. Seeing how little demand there is for books in any condition, I could offer them free at our local library, or simply dump them on a table and escape. Maybe at Ad Astra or any other local convention that isn’t charging for the use of a table… Too Much Stuff is our problem, too, and at some point we will do something about it. I hope.

The generation that wanted to run cons is almost as old as the fanzine generation…correct. We ran cons for 30 years, and that was enough, and all of the people we ran cons with are gone, and so are many of our successors. Now, hotels and their function space are quite expensive, and starting a little con these days is quite prohibitive. (The comics/Dr.Who/anime/gaming fans of today try to start their own little one-day events, but can’t get those off the ground because of costs. Those with some cash can get them started (there’s a huge comic con in Niagara Falls now, recently went from one day to three), but a group I am familiar with tried to start something similar in Mississauga, and failed miserably.) Who stages cons these days? Large, international corporations with lots of cash to pay for huge hotels and convention centres, and for the guests that will attract those who want to attend. Spanky can’t put on a show any more…

Keith’s loc…I was a full employee when I was mysteriously let go, and I would have lost my access to EI if I hadn’t told Service Canada that I was let go with two weeks’ pay instead of notice, and I was never informed as to why I was let go. I think the company downsized to free up $$ for the extensive renovations they were doing to the building we were in. I would think that putting your zine on the WWW would sound quite SFnal…I don’t care about the medium, but I do care about the contents within.

My loc…I did vote for the FAAn Awards,  but Yvonne did not, feeling that she didn’t know the field well enough to nominate/vote. That’s how I feel about the Hugos and Auroras…I know the Aurora nomination period has started, but I am thinking of giving the whole thing a pass. I have found that Michael Ford is running to replace his late uncle in Etobicoke Ward 2, but even though he seems a decent fellow, his campaign is running some of the tricks that got Rob and Doug elected, tricks that may push other good candidates out of the way. Steven was at the last Third Monday, and I think we does come to get out of the house for a break, and a chat or several, and to be social.

DNP(I know that many consider the FAAn Award winners to be a tight group, but I have won five Best Letterhack FAAn Awards, and I am still on the outside looking in. I am not sure what that says, unless some thought that the outsider was winning too many of those awards (Outsider? Canadian? I am sure there war other strikes against me to ensure that I am out)…I do well in the voting, but I doubt I will win another FAAn.)DNP

Yvonne and I are trying a low-carb diet, and the pounds are falling off. I am now at 215, and heading slowing to my target of 210. If I get further, towards 205, good for me, and my comfortable clothes will be a little baggy when we travel.

KTF reviews…I couldn’t do it. If there were hundreds of fanzines around, perhaps I could be more critical. But, in this era where the fanzine is few and far between, every publication was a good one, IMHO. I wanted to get the word out, rather than be negative, and I figured that I wasn’t a good reviewer, and so I shut it down. There are better critics than me out there, and you’re right, it is a dirty job, with time I’d rather spend in the locol.

Steve’s friend in New York is Peter Dougherty, who discovered the joys of fandom when at the Winnipeg Worldcon, but whose politics were so right wing, he couldn’t wait to divest himself of his Canadian citizenship to become an American, where he could enjoy his cigars and two-inch-thick steaks without guilt. I don’t really talk to Peter any more, seeing his politics are as toxic as Trump’s, but I do miss Peter’s lovely wife Arwen.

I don’t have sleep apnea problems…most times, I don’t have sleep. It’s probably ultimately bad for me, but a decent night’s sleep for me now requires two aspirins and a 10mg melatonin tablet. My doctor seems fine with that, so I guess the sleep justifies the pills. Wish I didn’t have to, but I do.

Well, don’t know what got me started on this huge loc, but I am pleased that I am well into the third page. Maybe it’s the fact I’ve been drinking coffee all day, who knows? Anyway, I am done, and looking forward to issue 50. Make it as big as you wish, we will read it from e-cover to e-cover, and as said at the top, I will loc it as any other issue. Thank you for this one, and advance thanks for the final one. See you then.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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June 20th, 2016
11:20 am

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Loc on NASFA Shuttle Vol. 36 No. 6 (Mike Kennedy, ed.)
Dear NASFen:

Thank you for the June Shuttle…I finally do have the time to start on this a little early, and get this to you without rush. I am inside today, for this will be a day of heat in the 90s, followed by a thunderstorm. I might have to get offline at some point today. In the meantime…

The Hugo saga continues…I hope there is a way to eliminate slate voting and bulk nominations, but nothing is truly foolproof…those fools are so sneaky. Congratulations to Clare McDonald-Sims on her DUFF win! I’d heard Nalo Hopkinson on Canadian radio recently about her journey into SF, and her amazing successes now teaching SF in the BArea. I hope she can make the Lemonade Award work.

Once again, it’s awards season…the Aurora nomination cycle has begun, and now to see if I am knowledgeable enough about local SF to make award nominations. This time around…I think not, but there is still plenty of time to reconsider.

My loc…our anniversary and my birthday were great times, and our wallets are relieved they’re done. Anime North is always one of our best shows when it comes to vending, and this year was no exception. Yvonne is getting through her sewing projects for our trip to England and The Asylum. Mike, you mention ticket brokers…we’re having the same problems here with a popular group (The Tragically Hip) doing their final tour, and ticket brokers have snapped up all three tranches of tickets to the shows, and jacked the prices up as much as 1200%. As a result, there may be new legislation restricting this kind of thing, and the final performance of the final tour will be broadcast nationally.

Hello, Sheryl…indeed, after all these months, I am still looking for work. Hello to Pie-Eyed, and I look forward to her return.

All for now…I have quite the busy day ahead of me. Take care all, and see you next time.

                                                                                              Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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June 19th, 2016
05:50 pm

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Loc on Chunga 24 (Andy Hooper, Randy Byers and carl juarez, eds.)
Dear Andy, Randy and carl:

Here comes one of my regular challenges…trying to write up a loc to Chunga that won’t sound forced, too happy or straining to get into the locol. Well, it’s not like I’m not guilty of all of the above from time to time… Enough of true confessions, let’s start writing.

Great cover from Jeanne Gomoll…could the figure seen in both front and back covers be that infamous Fishlifter from the UK? An unidentified frying object? Had to get that out of my system…

Randy…I am not sure what else can be said that wouldn’t repeat someone else, or sound maudlin… Like Catherine wrote, buck the trend, and you know we are all thinking remission and recovery. You are in everyone’s prayers. Our best to you. Andy, I know of what you speak. Our financial situation is not the best, and I am still job hunting, and when I see the assorted Worldcon messes, I am both at once relieved and regretful that we no longer go to them. Yet, I yearn for those fun days of masquerades, room parties, bids and parties, and committee meetings. I still consider myself in what’s left of Toronto fandom, but we have embraced other interests, like steampunk, not only entertaining, but also informative. Shall I gafiate some time in the future? More than likely now, and some hard decisions will have to be made.

Yet, even with finances, we are still going to London and Lincoln, UK the second half of August. First week, London tourism and some Harry Potter fun in Watford, and then comes The Asylum, the biggest steampunk event in the world, happening in Lincoln the August bank holiday weekend. We had saved mightily in the year before the London Worldcon, but still couldn’t afford to go. Worldcon might not be there now, but London remains, and we will have a great time. In some ways, as I read the articles, I am amused that there are requests for Flake bars, and other British consumer goods…I’m lucky in that there are so many British expats living in Canada (my mother was one of them), there are assorted British food shops in the Greater Toronto Area. If I really wanted a Flake bar, or a Club bar, or a small spotted dick (look it up) or even some bubble and squeak, I could go to the Old Country Scottish Bakery in Mississauga, a short drive away. (In fact, some British goods are on the local supermarket shelves. Anyone for a Dandelion & Burdock?)

Here are more articles that made me wish that I’d known Stu Shiffman better than I did. Andi, you and Stu were definitely Farm Boy and Buttercup. (Meanwhile, Yvonne and I are Miracle Max and Valerie. Humperdinck! Humperdinck! Humperdinck! I’m not listening...)

Greetings to Chuck Serface, and good luck with the fanzine reviews. I tried my hand at such reviews years ago, but the few readers still complain about what I had to say. I enjoyed them all, and wrote encouraging reviews, so we need all we can get, and I didn’t care to write any KTF reviews. Tightbeam, I believe, is on hiatus until M3F president George Phillies can find an editor to take over.

As with Stu, I wish I’d known Art Widner better. It seemed Art would live forever, still partying at 100, but it was not to be. His last car was an ambulatory work of art.

The locol…all I can say right now is that as Ulrika, Yvonne and I have embraced steampunk, I have found out that Rich Dengrove says the same thing in his latest fanzine, JOMP, Jr. 34. I haven’t read it yet, so now to see what he likes about it. I think it’s the writing, while for us, it is the costumes.

I wanted to do more than a page and a bit, but here is is for all of you, and thank you to all. A handsome fanzine indeed. Anything special in mind for the 25th issue? I hope so.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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June 17th, 2016
03:07 pm

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Loc on Fornax 9 (Charles Rector, ed.)
Dear Charles:

Many thanks for Fornax 9. This fanzine is anything but politically correct…how else do we discuss ideas in their fullness? Who knows, we might even discover that we’re wrong. (I can think of some that will never happen to.) Let’s discuss what’s inside…

I remember reading Starship Troopers, but never saw any of its movie incarnations. I always thought of Heinlein’s writings are an interesting discussion of ideas, but too martial and right-wing for my own liking. It may have been indicative of America back then, and perhaps for some today. Indeed, Heinlein must have influenced shows like Star Trek, but the martial attitudes had to be toned down or eliminated for a widest-possible audience. It will interesting to see what the latest reboot of Star Trek, via TV this time, will look like compared to the SF of Heinlein’s time.

Dying for its stupidity…I can see that applied to America’s desire to be well-armed and pointing guns at each other, and calling it increased safety. America is the only country doing this, and the rest of the world looks at you with skepticism and pity. They want to control the guns, but more and more, the guns control them.

I see the Republican party’s agenda is simply stopping the Democratic president’s agenda. No imagination, as you say, except to say they must think they look good when they try to make Obama look bad, but more and more, Obama looks like the people’s president, and the Repubs look like windy do-nothings. Of course now, whatever the Republicans’ agenda might be has been hijacked by Donald Trump, whose only agenda is his own glorification. I think he is trolling the Repubs, using their own money, because he has little cash on hand left, and when he loses, he will drop the Repubs as losers, carry on as he was before, and the Repubs will be left directionless and broke.

The FOX News Network used to be on our local cable here, as well our own equivalent, SUN News. FOX News as discontinued here because of lack of viewership, and SUN News went out of business entirely for the same reasons. Not even right-wingers watched those channels.

Nothing from the locol caught my interest, not even my own loc, so that must mean I am quickly tiring in the middle of the afternoon, Before I nod off at my keyboard, I’ll wrap. Thanks for this issue, and I will look for the next one.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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June 16th, 2016
12:50 pm

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Loc on Vibrator 2.0.28 (Graham Charnock, ed.)
Dear Graham:

I have Vibrator 2.0.28 with me here, and I hope it’s not too late to get something into 29.Still at home, still not working, but gotta do something when no jobs show up in your search.

I have read others referring to your zine as a focal point zine, so the original joke has become truth. I suspect it is a focal point for some fans at the heart of the interest; the rest of us will still enjoy it. By the way, congrats on all the FAAn Awards!

I had given a little thought to going to Chicago for ChiFlu…the money for such a trip is never there, and what money we have been able to save will be talking us to England in August. Ah, a Corflu subculture. Is that why there’s not more people there?

Murray Moore must be pleased that the Toronto Blue Jays are doing much better now then they were at the beginning of this season. They were doing very poorly, but it looks like a handful of players finally shifted out of neutral, and the baseballs are sailing over the fences.

Locol…I was never a fan of Elvis’, I never built models, either balsa or plastic, because I seemed to have no talent for them, and my parents wouldn’t let me have a record player, but I did have a few vinyl records I had hope to be able to play one day…I still have them, but I don’t think I was ever able to play them more than two or three times. Maybe some collector’s value in those bits of vinyl?

Locol…There are so many people who read SF voraciously, but because they weren’t able or willing to purchase a membership at Worldcon, they cannot vote on what’s the best. As much as I’d like to see that, I also understand the temptation to stuff the ballot box for a particular nominee with inexpensive votes. (Puppy style?) Worldcons and the fandom surrounding them have passed me by.

I am hoping there might be a decent chippy close to where we will be staying in London and Lincoln. When in Rome, eat as the Romans do…make mine crispy haddock, please!

My own loc…computer problems are mostly solved, but I don’t get much signal from our local hub. I may need to get a wifi booster, but there are various kinds, and I am trying to find someone who knows about them, and which kind would be best for our situation.

We all have far too much need for a doctor or hospital these days. Let’s all compare hospital stays, doctor horror stories, and the costs of our prescriptions. I wish we could all drop 40 year off our assorted ages, push the reset button, and get into fun fannish trouble all over again.

Just slipped onto the second page, so I might as well fold it up. Done, after all. Many thanks, stay warm and healthy, and see you with more buzzing in my IN box.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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June 15th, 2016
04:01 pm

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Loc on Art of Garthness 14 (Garth Spencer, ed.)
Dear Garth:

I’m keeping up with keeping up, and I’ve got The Art of Garthness, issue 14 here, ready to be commented upon. Let me at it!...

How many people live in the Kingdom of Talossa? Common sense does seem to be rather uncommon these days. The news sources are full of stories that would have been described as utterly preposterous in a past era. The heathen group might be interesting. Give me that REAL old time religion…

You have asked questions on Facebook, and I am guilty of not taking the time to respond; I hope someone has, but of course, FB has more than its share of trolls and smartasses, who might roll off any fairy story that comes to mind as the serious answer you’re looking for. I watch very little television, and no SF at all. I think I am at the age where I would rather be informed than entertained, so I am quite picky. Adult entertainments are based on what we liked as children, that’s why movies based on comic book characters are raking in the bucks. I suspect that’s what explains adult colouring books…

Yes, we’re getting to the age where fannish pursuits are being pushed aside for the basic concerns of life. Paying the rent, getting the groceries, doing the laundry…not much fun, but vital. And, the inside voice coming to the outside is often the most truthful. So many citizens wear their Christianity on their sleeves, and seem oblivious to the fact that their hatreds and their mean-spirited actions against groups they don’t like are completely anti-Christian. Golden Rule? What’s that? Only for Christians like me! I thought we were just a little more advanced than that, but it seems not.

I think I would expect civilized countries to be able to provide for their citizens should they have difficulties with the basics of life. Yes, the grifters and cheaters will do what they do, but others will have real needs, and our taxes will help with that. Should America reach the climax state you write about, I sincerely hope that I will be relatively safe on this side of the border. Being a hoopy frood just won’t be enough. I think most people pick up the birds and bees as they go, and wimpy parents don’t have the chance to tell their kids about it, and I think they are happy with that prospect. The wedding we went to was in an old church in Ottawa, just steps away from the hotel we stayed at, and the reception afterwards was in a combination night club/games arcade. Weird, but lots of fun.

Right now, as we prepare for our trip to England in just less than two months, we are keeping an eye on the British pound through xe.com. As of today £1 sterling is worth about Can$1.81, and that may drop steadily, as Britain votes on whether to leave the European Union. I might make our trip that much more easy to afford, but the long-term losses over the threat of leaving is already in the billions of pounds.

Taral’s article on what furry fandom was, and what it has become, is mirrored in an article I read just last night, on cosplay, and what it has become. Used to be you put on a costume at a con to have fun with it, and to enhance your enjoyment of the weekend, but now, if you are not the right build of body, or if you aren’t totally 100% accurate in your reproduction of the costume of the character you like, you are pushed away and shouted down, and sometimes told you aren’t doing it right. The article said that cosplay is now cosmodelling, with professional cosplayers going to conventions, and being paid to attend as guests. More and more, fandom isn’t what it used to be. News to no one, I suppose…what we know as fandom should gather in a comfy bar to drown our sorrows, and reminisce about what fandom was like in our own Good Old Days.

Sorry, having an oldphart episode again. I just turned 57, so perhaps I am a little entitled. Before I go off on another rant, thanks for this issue, and I hope to find something else to rant about in the next issue.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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June 11th, 2016
04:21 pm

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Loc on OASFiS Event Horizon 343 (Juan Sanmiguel, ed.)
Dear OASFiSians:


Hello, all!, and thank you for issue 343 of the Event Horizon. I will make this fast, down and dirty, and to the point. Or die trying. Who am I kidding?

There have been SF film festivals in Toronto over the last few years, but lately, there’s been none. Perhaps they’ve become so common, they’re not special enough for a film festival any more? We could use an SF play or two here, too. We often don’t get to events like these because they are often simply too expensive.

It certainly is awards season, and there are so many given out. Does this diminish the value of an SF award if there are so many of them?

Myself…the job hunt continues, we’ve had our spring conventions here, and now comes a series of craft shows and outdoor events we’ll be vending at every few weeks until we are off on our vacation in England, where we will be immersing ourselves in Harry Potter and steampunk. We’ve been saving for this for years since we couldn’t go to the London Worldcon, so we will have the fun we want.

It’s a short loc, but then, it was a short zine. I hope both zine and loc will be longer the next time, so we will see you then.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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03:26 pm

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Loc on X-Rayer 117 & 118 (Ray Palmer, ed.)
Dear Ray:

I am catching up, really, I am…I have here issues 117 and 118 of the X-Rayer, so comments to come, asap.

117…I have never been a comics reader, so it looks like I have saved thousands of dollars in not going to any movie connected with comics. So many people seem to be disappointed with the latest batch of comics-based movies, so maybe…it’s time for…original ideas? I know, insane idea, but in the age of insanity, it might just work. C’mon, Hollywood, give it a try!

I see job ads for closed captioners, and I apply, without luck. Sometimes, I see closed captions on television, and it’s an unreadable mess. Hey! I’m over here, and willing to try to do a better job!

My loc…the computer is back from the shop, it’s got Windows 10 on it, it’s been a pain, and because of the demands of a bigger-than-ever OS, I will need a wifi booster to make sure I’ve got enough signal coming in. My computer seems to have as many peripherals as a porcupine has quills. I am sure something is overheating somewhere.

118…I remember reading some of the stories that kept horny boys happy, with space girls showing off a lot of curvy flesh…that truly was the heyday of SF, especially for those boys. I am sure someone is still writing stuff like that, but it is probably hidden away on the Net, the world’s biggest porn shop. I am sure Mr. Google will show some off to those who ask for it.

My, my…a little dab’ll do ya. I used to worry about that, once my father finally gave up on me getting brush cuts. I still use a little bit of gel when my fly-away hair wouldn’t behave, but as my hairline elevates slowly but surely, I won’t have to worry about that too much very soon.

The job hunt continues, and I will not say more, because it’s been repetitive. I am praying for a lucky break, such as a successful interview or a lottery win. Thanks for these two issues, and I hope to see more soon.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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June 10th, 2016
12:15 pm

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Loc on Trap Door 32 (Robert Lichtman, ed.)

Dear Robert:

Many thanks for issue 32 of Trap Door…I plan to take my time in responding to this issue; I need to create a better response to such a zine, and perhaps evade the WAHFfile. Wish me luck in this endeavour, and I hope this will result in something better for the next issue.

The Steffan cover is great! A cutting edge piece of art, indeed. I went looking for names on the tombstones, but no luck. I’d love to know where I might get one of those stovepipe hats, though…

I hope your and Carol’s health problems are under control. This getting older stuff blows big time. So far, Yvonne and I are just creaky, plus some odd ailments, but we’ve suffered nothing really serious. We hope it stays that way too, but hey, everyone, stay healthy, okay? You too, Randy...

Well, I am about 8 years away from retirement, but what I really need is a job I can retire from. Yvonne retires in 20 months, and the $$ coming in will become more of my responsibility. But then, I have just turned 57, not the most hireable age for employers. Last week, I had a great interview, but was advised very quickly that my candidacy would not be pursued. So, while I am continuing my own job hunt, I am a gentleman of leisure/househusband, and I am in Hawaiian shirts and cargo shorts myself. (I’ve never been to Hawai’i, but I have lots of Hawai’ian-style shirts…Yvonne’s made most of them over the years.)

I suspect (and I hope) that there will be plenty of articles reminiscing about Art Widner. I never ran into Art all that often, but we usually chatted over something, usually over fanzines or Canada. I think we all hoped he’d hit 100.

I never thought I’d see mention of the Toronto Jazz Festival, a long-time popular event usually held in the Beaches area of Toronto’s east end, close to the lakeshore. I am not much of a jazz fan, but occasionally, I will listen to the CBC’s multiple jazz tracks on their website. As does the BBC, CBC supports Canadian artists of all music genres.

Hmmm…the Church of God the Utterly Indifferent from The Sirens of Titan. It has been a while since I read it, but mention reminds me. Now there’s a religion I could get behind. I don’t know the will of God…and neither do you!

In a loc I wrote the other day, I mentioned that one big box book store had closed close to where I live, and it opened again in the local megamall across the road. We had intentions of visiting it, to see what the new store was like…we did that last night. As we walked in…gifts, greeting cards, Moleskine products. Adult colouring books, too. It took a minute before we saw any books. We went in there to look for a low-carb diet book, and had a difficult time finding anyone who worked there. They weren’t all that helpful, being quite young, but we did find the area of the store we needed, and a look on their terminals showed that the chain had about 40 different books about low-carb diets, and a look on the shelves confirmed what the terminal said…that particular branch of the chain had exactly none of the books on the requested topic. However, the store did have lots of cushions and other furnishings, matching coffee cups, a busy Starbucks in one corner, a wide selection of sunglasses and candles… Is this the future of bookstores?

Well, I got a page and a bit out it…I started writing this loc a few days ago, and we all write on what we know. Well, I may not know a lot, then. Fandom is fairly quiet here, and I think it’s in its last days, to be honest. There are newer fans here, but they like what most big procons like, Doctor Who, gaming, comics, cosplay and anime. Other zines have contained discussions over whether fanzines are a niche interest now, and as much as I don’t want it to be, I suspect that it is. I keep looking for happier zines, those of fond reminiscence, and this fair zine is one of them. Many thanks for it, and I hope there will be another soon, with better health news. Have a great weekend!

     Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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June 9th, 2016
02:10 pm

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Loc on Banana Wings 62 (Claire Brialey & Mark Plummer, eds.)
Dear Claire and Mark:

Thank you for Banana Wings 62, always a pleasure to read, and another window into the heart of British fandom. Let’s hope I am up to the challenge of a suitable loc.

Contextualizing…I guess we need to show off our knowledge, and confirm the knowledge of others. If we are talking about Fred Smith, or John Smith, we need to agree that we are talking about the right Smith. Even though there may not be many in our own little corner of fandom, there’s enough crossover that there might be someone else out there with the same name. Bob Shaw is the first name that comes to mind, and I admit there’s a number of Penneys in various fandoms other than ours that I am in touch with. I will also admit that I have been heavily involved in fandoms other than this one…conventions, Trek, masquerades, steampunk, Murdoch Mysteries…fanzines are fun, but variety is the spice…

I would like to do some genealogical research…I remember all my grandparents, but beyond that, I know little about great-grandparents. My mother, rest her soul, did tell me that her grandfather took a picture of newborn me to the local pub in Ayr to show off to his mates. Right now, I can’t afford to sign up with Ancestry.ca, but at some point, I may have to splurge, and find out who I come from. Nic might know that long, long ago, Yvonne and I were connected with the Star Trek Welcomittee. Where did I learn to do what I do? Fanzines…Mike Glicksohn took me aside to tell me that mailing comments for APAs weren’t enough for fanzines. Harry Warner and Walt Willis encouraged me with letters of praise, Mike Wallis gave me lots of direction when it came to working and running conventions, Barb Schofield helped out a lot with costuming and masquerades.

Yvonne and I will be going on a low-carb diet soon, so we will have to live with a minimum of bread, cereals, etc. However, that means we can go with fresh fruit, more meat, etc. I think I might enjoy this diet, as long as there’s lots of choice for what to have for breakfast, other than toast or Raisin Bran. I am too much of a carnivore to go vegan. I also enjoy my rye bread…a local bread bakery, Dimpflmeier’s, makes superior white bread, rye bread, pastries, and more, and I will miss them, but replacing those carbs with meat sounds pretty good right now. I need to look into this diet more to see what we can have instead of bread.

I remember in my earliest days of fandom local fans playing Settlers of Catan, with a few others LARPing elsewhere in a field or ravine. It never caught my interest. Perhaps part of it was the fact our family had various games at home like Monopoly, but we never played it. There are so many games available today, but I need the time to be creative, as in writing these letters, making jewelry, etc.

The locol…I have picked up cans such around our building to put into our recycle bins at the side of 24 Eva, but our superintendent, grateful for the help, said that it’s his job. Really, it’s everyone’s job, but few do it, because as renters, most of us could care less. Well, Y and I do care, and we are among the few in this building who faithfully recycle and compost. Us few do fill the bins every week, though.

Nic Farey, we agree with you on Starbucks selling rubbish. Their coffee is simply too far roasted for our tastes; it tastes and smells burnt. There are decent chains around here; Tim Horton’s (not everyone would agree with me on Tim’s), Timothy’s Coffees of the World and the Second Cup Coffee Co. A Tim’s is up the street, and a Timothy’s down the street. Save the planet, it’s the only one with coffee! (And chocolate. And bacon.)

My loc…I voted on the FAAns, and we voted on the Auroras, and that’s been it this year. As I continue to spin further and further out of the loop, I will have to decide on what I can knowledgeably vote upon in the future. The Indigo store has indeed opened in the down-the-street megamall, but we have yet to go and explore. The progress of modern bookstores is visible in how far into the store the books actually start. The Chapters and Indigo stores here start as gift stores, and the line between gifts and books slowly but surely moves further back into the store all the time.

John Purcell…I wondered about Best Letterhack Nominee pins from Corflu Quire in 2007. I had to look it up, because I didn’t remember any nominee pins…oh. Okay, I won the FAAn for Best Letterhack that year, but I’d never heard about a nominee pin. Just wondering… I am looking at my future, and clearly thinking that at some point, I will have to dump or donate my fanzine collection, plus many other things, for given the rising cost of housing, we will have to get much lighter, for we will probably have to move into someplace smaller.

I know I’ve written about the comics that my Scottish grandparents used to send to me, along with the People’s Friend, the Sunday Post and the Ayrshire Post…I remember the Dandy, the Beano, the Hotspur and the Wizard, which was the text-based comic. I remember a story about Wilson, who lived for close to 300 years because of a potion an old guru taught him to brew.

Canine difficulties with the Hugos…yes, that sounds right. The assorted Puppies seem happy to lift their collected legs to the silver rockets, and their disdain for the awards they seem to want is shown by getting Chuck Tingle, an erotica writer, onto the ballot. Tingle, I gather, accepted the nomination, but get his own back on the Puppies by ripping them a new one in his latest essay. I wish I had a wand to wave, and those Puppies would disappear, and the silver rockets would shine that much more.

I believe I am done now…this is probably the longest loc I have written in some time, and it feels good. I feel more like I am given back as well as I was given, or something like that. I haven’t done that for most of the zines I get, and I regret that. Maybe I’m getting some mojo back, who knows. Ilook forward to issue 63, so we will see you then.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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June 8th, 2016
02:39 pm

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Loc on Inca 12 (Rob Jackson, ed.)
Dear Rob:

Another Inca, ta! Always good to see, and a challenge to respond to, just what I like. It’s been a while! Now to rise to that challenge, and not fall off my chair. Here are comments on Inca 12.

The cover is great! The folks on Easter Island are ready for a pool party. Yvonne could make them matching Hawaiian shirts…

I am pleased that the value of others is being recognized, and that a worker is being seen as an asset, and not a liability. The hardest job you can have is to find a job, and that’s what I’m doing these days. It’s been eight months now, and something’s got to give. I hope it’s not me.

Fandom is a social phenomenon that does require some research, that’s for sure. Just lately, we’d been involved in the local fandom for the Canadian mystery show Murdoch Mysteries, and just lately, we’ve kinda edged our way out of being as heavily involved as we were. All the signs were there, it was a burgeoning group, many middle-aged ladies who wouldn’t kick the main star (Yannick Bisson) out of bed for eating crackers, and overall, getting a bit much. Yvonne worked hard for that group, and was largely ignored for it, so we have moved out of that, and little bit more into steampunk; we will be in London for holidays in August, and in Lincoln for The Asylum on the bank holiday weekend. Indeed, we do feel that fandom is passing us by, but instead of moaning about it, we have embraced other interests, and made mew friends, and have tried to introduce one to the other. Networking is what it’s all about. Still, there are others who would happily take away whatever street cred you have if you are caught having interests other than what you’ve had for many years; for us, it was convention running, fanzines, and even costuming…we were big into that in the 80s.

There are still plenty of fanzines around, and I still have a hard enough time keeping up with them, and responding with a loc. We can be horribly exclusive sometimes, but I would rather be inclusive. I’d rather know how big a frog I am in this small pond, a fandom most fans are unaware of, and probably wouldn’t be interested in. Years ago, I spoke to some younger fans about fanzines, and many dismissed them as letterzines, while fanficzines were more to their liking. Where are the new fannish fanzine fans? I suspect they are very few in number, and may have been pushed away from our desire to deal with our people. We are terribly exclusive, and we reap what we sow. And, more than ever, because we do not participate in the Hugo balloting, the Best Fanzine and Best Fan Writer Hugos go to blogs we’ve never seen, and to people we don’t know. Have we lost our relevancy? Many of the zines mentioned here, like eI, Vegan Fandom Weekly and The Drink Tank are no longer with us, and Journey Planet was on the Hugo ballot last year, IIRC.

Ah, if only science fact was a little more like science fiction, hm? If only we could discover the Galactic Legion of Friendly Planets out there, just waiting to greet us. We have lots of alien life on this planet, but for some that may be dull fact instead of interesting fiction. Some years ago, Rob Sawyer called science fiction a 20th-century phenomenon…I don’t want him to be right in this 21st century, but I think he may be.

Yes, social media eats time. I need to more closely monitor the amount of time I am on it, and so do most people. If only we could put more relevant and intelligent stuff on it, instead of more cat videos and the like, and fewer pictures of what you’re about to eat.

Your daughters are fine artists, and it looks like they have a future in it. A few local fans here have made their way into publishing through being artistic, such as illustrating for children’s books, and one made the further jump into writing children’s books.

The locol…I love the old tins on page 25. The artwork, the effort into making a simple container for soap. Unheard of today, but a part of things in that past era. I wish we still had it. My loc…the Pink Floyd lyric does indeed sum things up about war. RAE,BNC on the rest…

And time to fold. I like animated cartoons, and right now, our local cable system is showing Cbeebies and BBC Kids on limited preview, so I am seeing all kinds of cartoons I’d never seen before. I’d rather be in a job right now, but while I am not, I am trying my best to keep myself busy and entertained. Thanks for this issue, and I hope 13 arrives soonest.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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June 7th, 2016
10:19 pm

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Loc on Lofgeornost 123 (Fred Lerner, ed.)
Dear Fred:

Many thanks for Lofgeornost 123. I’ve had a bit of a writing vacation lately, plus getting some new technology…besides the tablets we now have, we’ve gotten ourselves a keyboard especially for tablets, and a portable power supply. I have put them all together for the first time, and am working on this loc with them. So far, it’s great.
I’ve read various comments on Facebook commenting on documentaries on BBC Radio 4. I do try to listen to BBC Radio 2 and World Service as often as I can, but it looks like I should make time for Radio 4, and look for these programmes.

I remember James Burke’s Connections well, and it was one of the few programmes at that time that I watched regularly. Cosmos has been redone; I wonder if Connections should be next.

There are so many new (and not so new) SF authors to read. As I get fanzines and clubzines from Britain, Australia, South Africa and other places, I see more new authors than most do. There are so many authors, and personally, I would find it difficult to find a place to start if you were just now discovering science fiction.

The fact that you haven’t read any Harry Potter makes me smile…Yvonne is a giant Harry Potter fan, we have both read all the books, and many books connected with it. Yvonne has her own HP shelf.

I must apologize to you; I must have mixed up comments on a trip to Japan with comments on Worldcon. I think I must plead fatigue. Our own travel plans continue apace, and we still have regular meetings to insure that we are ready to go.

I must close for the evening; I can’t stop yawning. Yvonne, in her travels tonight, found a book sale, and picked up for me a steampunk novel called The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, by Natasha Pulley. I must read it, and write a review. If nothing else, this jacket-less book looks very interesting. There’s been an awful lot of steampunk books out there, and it’s difficult to find the good stuff out there.

See you with the next issue.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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June 5th, 2016
12:41 pm

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Loc on Random Jottings 11 (Michael Dobson, ed.)
Dear Michael:

Thank you for both the .pdf and the paper (almost chapbook) version of Random Jottings 11.

The murders in Wheaton, even though it took place in 1975, just seem like a regular event in the US now, and it also seems that American citizens looks at such events in an “Oh, well” fashion. No one ever should have to live with such a good chance of death on the street. I certainly wouldn’t call it a sign of civilization. The president seems to be the only one to speak out about regular mass murders, but the silent Republicans only seem concerned about losing access to guns. (I have been threatened via e-mail for my views, and all I can say is, come get me, I dare you.) The dead deserve better than death, but all we can give them is remembrance.

I always liked Martin Gardner’s puzzles, when I could access them, or find a copy of Games Magazine. I always found the Four Lines solution as the first step to thinking outside the box, which seems to have been brought into the box over the intervening decades. Thinking outside the box is now expected, and I think we could use something outside the outside.

Finding interesting ways to present the weather…in the Toronto area is The Weather Network, the Canadian version of The Weather Channel. (I think TWC owns 20% of TWN.) In Canada, we certainly get a lot of weather, often on the same day, so no wonder we’re so interested in it. We usually turn it on before we head out, wanting to know whether it’s sunglasses or umbrellas, jeans or shorts. (We will do that before we head off for the day today.)

Soon, American citizens should be able to go to Cuba without fear of prosecution. Where did most Americans get their Cuban cigars? From what I have read, most crossed into Canada, where there were usually stores very close to the border or duty-free shops, where Cuban cigars were available in just about any quantity you wanted, with reasonable prices. The US government hated the fact that Canada and Canadians had free access to Cuba all this time. Many American businessmen had Canadian associates do business for them…what Uncle Sam didn’t know…

Time to go, we’re heading out. Let’s check The Weather Network to see what the temperature is, and whether we might need an umbrella today…we had a lot of rain overnight. I look forward to issue 12, and I hope for a better letter then.

                                                                                              Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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11:51 am

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Loc on Opuntia 341 & 342 (Dale Speirs, ed.)
Dear Dale:

I’ve got two more issues of Opuntia, and one more loc for you. It’s not a good exchange rate, but it is about all I have time for, and two issues allows me to produce a page-sized letter for you. Here goes with issues 341 and 342.

341… There’s nothing like a little buzz. It means the honeybees are there, healthy and working to fertilize our crops. Why, what did you think I meant? J

The Star Trek stamps and coins are out, thanks to Canada Post and the Canadian Mint. Decades ago, I might have gone to Post and Mint offices to get my own. Not these days. I think I am slowly getting out of my collector’s phase, for I know that in future years, I will probably have to divest myself of a lot of my collection, which is not a bad thing. I guess. The Canadian content of the show (Shatner, Doohan, Colicos) made the whole thing possible. I hope the families of Doohan and Colicos have been honoured by these efforts.

The ad for Miller’s Unique Radio-Active Bottle reminds me of the various old containers and bottles for old pharmaceuticals and snake-oil products often seen. My doctor’s office has a large display of such bottles embedded in a case in one office wall, and the display shows how many of the preparations, often in brown or blue bottles, were produced somewhere in the Toronto area, or in what is now the Greater Toronto Area.

My letter…the warm, even hot, weather has finally made it to Toronto, and we’ve spent lots of days now in t-shirts and shorts.

342…Nope, nothing is sacred any more. And, society is the lesser for it, IMHO. I am sure the town of Vulcan, Alberta has reaped the benefits of sharing the name of that major Federation planet. I wonder how the town council likes dressing up in ST movie or Next Generation costumes from time to time? A sacrifice they’re willing to make, I imagine. It is good to see that there is lots of pre-Trek Vulcan history to remember and celebrate.

World Wide Party is on our calendar, and we will relay to you any and all celebrations. I did hear from Benoît Girard some years ago, but Franz Miklis has disappeared from my own radar. He might be on social media somewhere…

I am done both issues, and done the page, interesting how that works. The rains here have finally passed, and we are heading out shortly for a little shopping, so I will wind it up here. Keep them coming (I don’t think I have to worry too much about that).

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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10:36 am

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Loc on The National Fantasy Fan Vol. 75 No. 5 (George Phillies, ed.)
Dear Neffers:

Hello, all, thank you for The National Fantasy Fan Vol. 75 No. 5, and here’s a fast loc on a Sunday morning…

Looks like the club is quite busy, with lots of projects on the go, but to many members, it probably looks like it’s the same people doing everything. I hope some who notice that will step forward to volunteer, and see what running part of the club is like. In my own experiences, I found it very fulfilling, and it’s something to add to your resume, too.

I didn’t know that Jack Robins lived in Niagara Falls. I suspect he wouldn’t recognize the Niagara Falls on either side of the border. I certainly understand Jack’s desire to join the big group; I’ve wanted to, as well. In many ways, the big group is a close-knit group who may not want outsiders to become insiders, so it is human nature to decide that it wasn’t what you really wanted, anyway. I just wish Jack had lived long enough to see the feedback he got on his extended article; he would have enjoyed the egoboo.

As good as it is to see the fannish history that is the foundation of Jack Robins’ writings, it is also good to see Jon Swartz’s articles on the history of the N3F, and of science fiction in decades past. Fanhistorians have always seen the need to record our history, and I hope there might be a gathering of all the fannish history texts out there that may outlive the phenomenon of SF fandom.

Well, I did say it would be fast. Many thanks for sending them, and please do continue. See you with the next one.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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June 3rd, 2016
04:27 pm

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Loc on Ansible 346 & 347 (Dave Langford, ed.)
Dear David:

Many thanks for issues 346 and 347 of Ansible, the May and June issues, so as is my habit, here comes a letter of comment on both issues.

346…I’ve been watching with great attention SpaceX enjoying their successful tail-down landings of their booster rockets. Strange they have worked so hard to do this, Hollywood’s been doing it since the 1930s…

I have lifted my own leg onto the Puppies’ mess…I am actually glad not to have the Hugo franchise any more. I sincerely hope the E Pluribus Hugo amendment passes and actually works, and we’ll be able to put this shameful mess behind us.

Theme pub by the name of H.G.’s? Our third Monday pubnight in Toronto has been at Orwell’s Pub & Grill (established 1984) for close to 20 years. The owner was a huge fan of George Orwell’s, but that passed within a few years. By then, the pub was so established by the name they originally gave it, it has stuck, and is still named such. Only now is there the idea to give a picture of George a place of honour in the pub again.

347…Kudos to Chuck Tingle, may he lift his own leg on the greasy Puppies. It’s good to see at least a little good news, and a smile, coming out of this debacle.

I had met comic artist Darwyn Cooke at our own local SF convention Ad Astra some years ago, when the convention tried a comics mini-con alongside the main SFG con. A lot of local comics and SF people were shocked by the news, but then, as we all have seen, 2016 has been a deadly year for the well-known. Ave, William Schallert… And, Alan Young was mentioned as passing in Canadian media because he spent a lot of his growing-up years here.

Our preparations for our trip to London and Lincoln continue to form and firm up, and we’ve been doing some great sales of jewelry at local conventions here, so I’ve run out of things to say. Off this goes, many thanks, hello to Hazel, and enjoy a warm summer.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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01:54 pm

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Loc on OSFS Statement 446 (Grant Duff, ed.)
Dear OSFen:

Thanks for issue 246 of the Statement. Shouldn’t this be issue 446? Summer’s finally here, and I might have a way coming up to relax outside, and still write a letter or two. More details to come, but in the meantime…

It’s been fun to see the stamps and coins issued to mark the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s premiere…I haven’t bought them myself, but I have had a few such stamps on my incoming papermail. I suspect Bill Shatner’s bemused by the whole thing, but he’s a trooper, and will continue on with all the assorted celebrations until this fall. The delta-shaped coin will be in high demand, I suspect, especially for its shape.

Some years ago, Ad Astra tried having a comics convention alongside the main SF convention programming, and I remember Darwyn Cooke as a guest. Again, 2016 is proving to be a most deadly year.

Alice Through the Looking Glass premiered the weekend of Anime North, so we never got to see it, but it is on our list. The reviews are poor, but we may still go to see it. Speaking of Anime North…we had an excellent weekend as a vendor in the Crafters Corner area, just outside the main Dealers’ Room. Of course, that meant we got to see lots of friends, but not all. Anime North is like a Worldcon; you will never see everyone or everything.

My letter…Ad Astra was some fun, but sales weren’t what we wanted. Anime North was much better. We also have another show that’s new to us, the Bazaar of the Bizarre. It’s a very popular vendors’ show held three times a year, and has also been held in Montreal and Hamilton. We’ve tried many time to get in, but finally, we did it. The event is coming up on July 9.

Time to shut down…hope everyone has a great weekend, and see you with the next Statement.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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June 1st, 2016
02:34 pm

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Loc on X-Rayer 116 (Ray Palmer, ed.)
Dear Ray:

Thanks for X-Rayer 116, and there must be something to say about the contents. Give me a chance here, and I will prove it.

Being Canadian, I never got much into comics, especially those war comics like Captain America. A different time back then? Maybe, maybe not, but the comics seemed to be effective propaganda to make sure that the next generation had the same hatreds as that generation of fighters and politicians. Racist indeed, but they also allowed America to feel good about itself. America was late into the war, and indeed turned the corner for Britain and its allies, but to say that America won the war? I suspect none but Americans would say that. Rewrite history to make your nation feel good about itself, and the role it played in a war that killed millions. Today, some things just don’t change. Syrian refugees and Muslims as a whole are the new targets.

I remember The Man From UNCLE on television, and wondered if this movie would do it justice…not a hope. I never saw it, and every review I’ve read says that it was crap. I’ve saved some money, too. I would like to see the new Alice movie with Johnny Depp, Alice Through The Looking Glass, but the reviews seem poor. We really like the original, so I expect we will see the sequel anyway, and enjoy it, in spite of reviews.

I hope you’ve got my previous locs…it’s time for me to wrap it up. Busy day today, and a big job interview tomorrow. Wish me luck, and off I go. See you with the next issue.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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May 31st, 2016
06:08 pm

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Loc on Lightning Round Vol. 3 No. 3 (Al Bouchard, ed.)
Dear Al:

It’s taken me a while to respond to Vol. 3, No. 3 of Lightning Round, especially after a crazy weekend at Anime North in Toronto, but here’s my loc, and let’s see how I do with it.

Division is very much a part of society, rather than consensus, but we very much seem to need to convince others of our opinions, and convert those against us to being for us. We cannot abide anyone who might think differently. With all of this, tolerance seems unlikely, if not impossible. Indeed, there’s too much shouting, and no wonder there is so much violence. Why do Americans seem to want to follow their constitution by going against it, or simply acting against it by trying to combine politics and church? So many announce how Christian they are, and then act so anti-Christian? I cannot understand.

If we can put a man on the moon, why can’t we put a man on the moon today? We’re too interested in war and division (see previous paragraph), and it seems that we’ve lost interest in space. It’s promoted to society as something for kids, and by association, as something of a childish manner. Then again, so many say that global warming doesn’t exist, and God will provide for us, and save us. I’m sorry, but this attitude is what’s truly childish. Can we not take our future into our own hands?

My loc…I saw the first two reboot Star Trek movies once. I saw Star Wars Episode VII once. I’ve read others say online that this means they probably aren’t fans any more. I have interests in other parts of fandom, and in some areas outside of fandom, so I think I will be a fan for a while yet, but…every so often gafiation rears its head, and actually, it does have its appeal.

Donald Trump is the Republican candidate for the Presidency of the United States. I am sure there is at least one person screaming at that idea at this moment. Should it happen, the rest of the world will be screaming, and America may be isolated by the rest of the world. I know some do not like Hillary Clinton, but given the alternate…please, America, vote wisely. It affects the whole world.

Conventions have supplied us with plenty of friends, but we also know that friends pass away, or move on, or simply decide on other activities. So, we have stuck around in our other interests, and made other friends, many of whom we met up with at Anime North this past weekend. For many years, we were the youngest in our group, and now, we are often the oldest. We have made the conscious decision not to outlive our friends, and show what we’ve always thought, that we’re never too old to have some fun, and enjoy our friends.

Well, I have a series of tests to do on June 2 with a company near Yonge & Bloor in downtown Toronto, and I hope this will lead to a job. June 2 is also one our regular fannish pubnights in Toronto, and it also happens to be my 57th birthday. That job would be a marvelous birthday present. Fingers crossed. Many thanks for this issue, Al, and I hope there will be more.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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