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December 9th, 2016
02:45 pm


Loc on Ansible 351 - 353 (Dave Langford, ed.)
Dear David:

These are coming every three issues, instead of every two, and I will try to get back to my regular frequency in the new year, so here are some comments on issues 351, 352 and 353 of Ansible.

351…Nalo Hopkinson has come such a long way. I remember when she was behind the counter at our local SF bookstore, and she sold me a copy of Locus. The next month, she was on the front cover of Locus, and she hasn’t looked back. I hope she will come home some time, so we can meet again.

Dystopian fiction with the president-elect in it…too dark for me. I shudder to think what he will do, and how long it will take to undo the damage. Dark times seem to be ahead, and I pray I am wrong. Yes, Cameron and Farage have come in, done the damage they intended to do, and then disappear for others to finish off their dirty work. Farage then flew the Atlantic to help Trump with his own dirty work. I hope Trump builds his walls…it will keep him in.

Greetings to Ian and Yvonne…it’s been a very long time, and I wish circumstances and money were better, and we could visit on another trip to London. I hope to come to a First Thursday some time. I should update our own First Thursday…as listed in File 770, Yvonne shut down the First Thursday as started in Toronto by Tommy Ferguson about 18 or so years ago, partially because of retirement and health concerns, but also because of fannish politics, and outright lies. There is a First Thursday that happens elsewhere, and they say they are the original, but we know they are not. Sigh…

352…The Clinton campaign seems to have been derailed by false news, outrageous claims by Der Trumpf, and stupid moves by some comedians. Even the recounts are being shot down by Republican judges. I hope I am safe on the other side of the border. The newest King horror story has come to life, and we are all screaming inside.

Another UK Worldcon bid? Don’t you folks learn anything? Torcon 3 pretty well made sure there will never be a Torcon 4. Also, I see The Asylum for 2017 listed…wish we could return. This year’s was great fun, and I would happily do it again.

TAFF…Yvonne and I have nominated John Purcell for TAFF, and we shall see how that goes; we’re still waiting for ballots to appear. Now to see if our nomination is the traditional kiss of death, as it always seems to be.

353…Hall costume awards for the clergy! Love your costume; who’s your tailor? It might be worth contacting those who were connected with the initial marketing of Star Wars…I remember pictures of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hammil to Bakka Books in Toronto, three young actors who were eager to promote the movie, all being fairly new to this sci-fi jazz…

I am surprised the Dr. Seuss estate is suing for a parody. I have seen Seuss parodies everywhere, especially in advertising. Do they pursue every perceived literary theft? And, with the change in frequency of Analog and Asimov’s, I expect to see these magazines with even less frequency on local magazine shelves.

Since Trump’s election, I have avoided the news, and we decided to watch something we liked. Seeing how many episodes are often seen on our local educational channel, we decided to download episodes of Time Team, and so far, we are nearly at the end of Series 9. Is there any part of Britain they haven’t dug up? Looks like Tony Robinson traded more barbs with Phil Harding than he ever did with Rowan Atkinson.

Ah, looks like I am done. I am sincerely hoping that my year+-long unemployment will soon be coming to an end…I have a final interview with a Chicago representative at the offices of Nasdaq Canada in downtown Toronto, and will hopefully be able to live out the rest of my working life editing and proofreading press releases. Wish me luck! And Yvonne and I wish you and Hazel a warm and happy Christmas, and peaceful New Year. 2017 has to be better than 2016; can’t be worse, or at least, I hope it doesn’t try. See you next issue.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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12:18 pm


Loc on Askance 38 (John Purcell, ed.)
Dear John:

The massive fanzine catch-up continues! This will be a loc on Askance 38, and I do have an issue of Askew (maybe two, soon) to respond to as well. I will be caught up with you soon, by the end of the month/year at most. So, let’s get started.

Always great artwork from Alan White…the front cover looks vaguely Stargate-ish, and the bacover looks like a steampunk Dorothy arriving in Oz. Might be wrong, but still, marvelous artwork.

Sports do not mean much to me, although  I do keep an ear open for anything happening with the Leafs, Blue Jays and Raptors. As I write, tomorrow is the Major League Soccer championship game, with Toronto FC hosting the Seattle Sounders. When I was a journalism student, I took the sports beat and covered Ryerson sports, kept the schedules, and assigned junior students games to report on.

I certainly agree with you on Steve Stiles and Mike Glyer being deserving of their Hugos, and on Taral Wayne getting one next year. Can’t keep up with the SF field? I stopped trying a long time ago. You’ve got to have the time and money to do that, and I have neither. Ah, so much we could do if we didn’t have to worry about making a living, paying the mortgage, etc.

Dave Kyle, Joyce Katz, and now, John Glenn, and for me personally, Ottawa fan Donna Balkan, who was enjoying her retirement so much, and an extremely aggressive bone cancer took her away from us all. Please, everyone else, stay horse-healthy as much as you can! Please? This is what makes getting old(er) depressing, losing your friends. Seeing the obituary list in File 770 and Ansible just makes it depressing. I should check Laurie Mann’s Dead People Server to see who else has shuffled off their mortal coils. (Or do I really want to?)

I understand Taral’s frustrations; always a bridesmaid, but never a bride. I think he’s found that while fanzine fandom, mostly an American phenomenon, sees his work in their zines, Canadian fandom does not. Canadian fandom generates few zines, and one or two has ties to fanzine fandom to one degree or another, so there is no real way for Canadian fandom to see and appreciate his work. Also, the current Canadian fans who might nominate and vote on the Aurora Awards are extremely sercon and pro-oriented, so they probably wouldn’t see Taral’s work, and might not be interested or qualified when it comes to voting on the fan Auroras. I know many years ago, harbouring the hope that I might win one of those silver rockets, and I made to the final ballot one year, 2010. But, I lost to Fred Pohl. Who better to lose to? I have won two Auroras, five FAAns and a handful of other awards, and I am pleased with what achievements I have, but if I had the Hugo vote, Taral, you’d have it. I admit I did not nominate or vote on the Auroras this year, for I had no idea what the field consisted of, but this coming year, I will. I have been appointed Historian and Board Member of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, the parent organization for the Auroras, and my job over the next while will be to research the Auroras to make sure the assorted listing for winners of the past are correct, and to research the Auroras’ predecessor, the Caspers, to see who was nominated and who won in those years. I will also look to Canadian fanhistorians to see what should go onto the CSFFA website. (Yes, the chairman of the convention handing out the Auroras won one himself, two, if I recall. There was an effort to prevent this from happening about a decade ago, but one generation either forgets what happened, or the new generation fails to listen.) I have my Hugo nominee pin, and my Aurora pins to wear on my lapel, with some pride. Based on what he’s done, I think Taral’s put the best face on it…he’s been a Maker of Hugo winners. I might hope for the same title for my locs.

I wasn’t in fandom early enough to meet Robert Anson Heinlein, although I might have seen him in the distance at one of my early Worldcons, possibly the ’83 Worldcon in Baltimore. Many of his novels were part of my early reading, and while I found them strange, I enjoyed the space adventure they provided. Later, I thought they supported a relatively right-wing American readership, with US domination of the stars as the main theme. Fascist? Perhaps. Domination of the stars means control, and the idea that because the aliens you meet aren’t human, you don’t have to treat them like humans. (Shades of Nazi Germany, and your president-elect. Ghods, I hope I am wrong, but…) Will I ever re-read my Heinleins? Probably not. There are more interesting and happier things to read.

Like fanzines, for instance… I did meet Joyce Katz at the single Vegas Corflu I got to. It was very much a relaxicon style of convention, and I helped get pies and other foodstuffs out of their car, and I made sure Ted White had plenty of Diet Pepsi in the smoking con suite.

The locol…ah, if only I had a time machine…I’d set it back to August of this year, and relive that trip to England. What great fun, and we want to go back. NOW! Al Bouchard is certainly correct in that many conventions do not treat their GoHs properly. Folks, these people you invite are your guests! That’s where the G in GoH comes from! So many times, we call ourselves adults, but utterly fail to act like one when it is time to be responsible. Conventions often act as the marketing department for many pros, and it is in their own interests to be visible to as many potential book buyers as possible.

I like the idea of a class fanzine. Many colleges and universities have a literary journal that comes out once a year, but I like the idea of a regular fanzine, or at least a magazine, that can be sent to all students and alumni, with the encouragement to respond in kind, or write a letter of comment. Just an idea…

My loc…I can tell that was a summer loc, and just yesterday, we got our first dusting of snow, so yes, this is a winter loc. We must get the snow tires on the car RSN. We did all the shows listed in my loc, with the exception of the Etobicoke School of the Arts, who disingenuously said they’d sent all our information to the wrong e-mail address, whoops, sorry! Not impressed. The Bovaird House show was just this past weekend, and sales were spectacular. No comments on the election results, other than to say that democracy and justice will be the first victims. Hmmm, trip report, let’s talk further…I have lots of photos to go with it.

Your essay on space reminds me again of John Glenn’s passing, plus the old line… If they can send a man to the Moon, why can’t they send a man to the Moon today? Very true. If NASA got a couple more percentage points more from the defence budget, we’d be to Mars already. If any president even dared to cut the defence budget, I suspect there would be veiled threats from the Chiefs of Staff. I gather it’s happened before.

The third page! Pretty good. We had to buy a new coffeemaker, and for the ultimate test, I made myself a pot of coffee. And, that was three big mugs’ worth. I am fully caffeinated, and have been perkyperky all morning. So, that’s probably the real reason I’ve made it to page three. Also, our building’s fire alarm system is being tested, so that’s helped me to stay fully awake and alert, too.

The job hunt continues ever onwards…but I have a lead on a job at a local print company, and next Friday, I have a second interview at the offices of Nasdaq Canada downtown, and I think I shall be working for them in the New Year. Fingers crossed, and wish me luck! It’s been 14 months in the making, but I hope it will happen.

I have made it through, so it is now time to wish you and the whole Purcell family a Merry Christmas, and happy and prosperous 2017. Let’s hope it is better than 2016; can’t be much worse. Let’s all endure the Trump era, and hope for recovery and healing soon. Take care, and a loc on two issues of Askew soon.

                                                                                             Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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December 8th, 2016
09:06 pm


Loc on Purrsonal Mewsings 54 (R-Laurraine Tutihasi, ed.)
Dear Laurraine:

Sorry this has taken a while, but I do keep a big stack of Zines to be Locced on my desktop, and Purrsonal Newsings 54 has now risen cream-like to the top. Or, I just finally got around to it…

The artwork on the front is yet another reminder that today, John Glenn passed away. He won’t have to deal with the Trump government, which like many, he must have been afraid of. I think these are the interesting times we were all warned about.

I never did see the third Star Trek reboot film. I admit I am a hardcore Trekfan, going all the way back to the times of the Welcommittee, but it just didn’t interest me. Maybe I can spend some time with a borrowed DVD, but I didn’t care to go and see it in the theatres. Hate to say it, same goes with the Rogue One SW film. Don’t care about it, because it’s not a part of the original sequence.

That’s a beautiful Victorian-style mansion on page 6, extremely tall. There are so many houses like that in southern Ontario, and some of them are historic homes, open to the public.

Bubonicon had lots of familiar names as guests. I haven’t seen Ben Bova in some time…he had a daughter who lived up here, which is what got Ben up here a number of times for conventions, but I do not know if she still lives here. Neat critters!

I tried to read Philip Jose Farmer’s works, I tried so hard to like them…and I just couldn’t do it. It’s for readers more dedicated than I, I suppose. I can’t be alone, though.

My loc…we did indeed have a great time in England. We flew from Toronto to Gatwick Airport via Westjet, and took the Gatwick Express train to Victoria station, where we stayed in a Harry Potter-themed hotel room for two days, and in between went to Watford where the warehouse-sized HP exhibits are. It’s become an amazing industry. Then, five days in London, touring around by foot, and then by tour bus. Big Ben, Parliament, the London Eye and a Thames River tour, just to name a few. After that, trains up to Lincoln for The Asylum VIII, the biggest steampunk event in the world, where we had ourselves just the best time. We both want to go back to see more.

Has issue 55 been out yet? If so, please do send it to me. With that, I will say thank you, and Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! See you in that far-off SFnal year of…2017.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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06:23 pm


Loc on Lofgeornost 125 (Fred Lerner, ed.)
Dear Fred:

Thank you for Lofgeornost 125. This is the third loc I’ve written today; I am so far behind with a lot of titles. I hear today that John Glenn has passed away; it’s been tough to be upbeat after news like that. 2016 has been full of death, especially of the famous.

I must find that Delany essay. I hate cubbyholing, but it looks like perhaps all he genres of literature could go on a scale of, as Delany says, subjunctivity. It might be a 2D or 3D chart, but I hope someone will take a shot at it, just to see what it looks like, and we can discuss placements of our genres here and there. It might not even be useful, but it will certainly generate discussion.

There are many brewing magazines, one edited by SF writer Mark Garland, Great Lakes Brewing News. His magazine’s purview covers Ontario breweries, which are increasing in number and quality. For your area, try the Yankee Brew News. (And I don’t even like beer. Cider is more my thing.)

You are right, SF is everywhere, and maybe that’s why I don’t read as much of it as I used to. Right now with your recent presidential election depressing people everywhere, we have been binge-watching old episodes of Time Team. We’ve just finished the ninth season, and may have finished the tenth by the time this sees print. YouTube definitely has it all, and I definitely see why people ditch their cable for online downloads.

Having been married to Yvonne for coming up on 34 years, I figured that I would learn more French as time went on. Well, I can’t call myself sesquilingual, but my vocabulary is increasing. I have never understood the gender of nouns in Romance languages, not having muscular or feminine nouns in English, and even speakers of those Romance languages aren’t sure why, either. Are all feminine nouns feminine, or do they chance gender from language to language?

Yvonne’s on her way home from a little holiday shopping, so I will close here, and get some dinner on the go. Many thanks for this, have a wonderful holiday season, and with luck, 2017 won’t suck nearly as much as 2016 has. May we all have lucky years, and get through these terribly interesting times. Take care, and see you next issue.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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04:37 pm


Loc on OASFiS Event Horizon 348 & 349 (Juan Sanmiguel, ed.)
Dear OASFiSians:

I have here the November and December issues of the Event Horizon, issues 348 and 349, and it tone will be tinged with the unhappy news that John Glenn has passed away, one of the world’s greatest space heroes. Can 2016 get any worse? Don’t answer that…

348…Conventions are still fun, but the costs continue to rise, and there are still some of us who remember when the memberships were $5, and the rooms were $25 a night…yes, the good old days.

More great costumes…are there steampunk groups in Florida? I expect the answer is yes, but I rarely see steampunk costumes. Too warm? A good steampunk costume is usually multi-layered, so they can be exceedingly warm, unless the hotel you are in is well air-conditioned.

My loc…we already want to return to England. We had so much fun there, and it is very welcoming. We recently vended at an annual craft show in the nearby town of Brampton, and our sales were just spectacular.

349…Weird Al! I’ve always wanted to go to one of his concerts, but never could…hope he’s still touring by the time I can. Juan, volunteering to be con chair? It’s not easy, but good luck with it. I’d like to see more Trek series, too…the Trek universe has an infinite number of story lines.

Ah, looks like the Kansas City Worldcon was great fun. Lots of good panels, too. And, looks like the Fanzine Lounge was well guarded. My days of attending Worldcons are done, as are my days of bidding. (I was on the committee for Toronto in 2003…for most of it.) SMOOOTH! I haven’t smoooothed at a con in a long time.

I can hardly wait for this deathly year to be done, so I will adjust the tone by wishing all of you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a prosperous New Year. Hurry up, 2017! See you then.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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03:14 pm


Loc on The National Fantasy Fan Vol. 75 Nos. 10 & 11 (George Phillies, ed.)
Dear Neffers:

Many thanks for the October and November issues of The National Fantasy Fan, Vol. 75 Nos. 10 and 11. Not sure if No. 12 is on the go, but here comes some comments on those two extant issues.

October…I certainly enjoy more than my share of fanzines from all over the world, and I hope the membership will enjoy them, too. Fanzines are the very first form of fanac, going back to the N3F’s founding members, and they can be some real fun. If you like to create, write your own articles, draw your own art, or even better, try producing your own zine! You can have them ready for download on eFanzines.com.

Not much more to comment on, except that the contents are the basics of the club itself, and is perfect for getting more members.

November…Microsoft strikes again, I see. I hope everyone will participate…again! Has the N3F ever had this many publications, e- or otherwise? Many clubs have no club publications at all, so you Neffers are quite lucky.

We keep losing our first members, like Norm Stanley. Joyce Katz and Dave Kyle passed recently, so the news will continue to get worse and worse. Hey, the rest of you! Stay horse-healthy, okay? This regular list of obituaries is getting depressing. Thanks to Jon Swartz for articles of real fannish history. Have you thought to put these articles into one publication, Jon?

Given the time of year, Yvonne and I would like to wish the members of the N3F a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a prosperous New Year. 2016, you are so fired. 2017 will be better, because I can’t see it being any worse. See you in that far-off SFnal year of…2017!

                                                                                               Yours,Lloyd Penney.

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December 7th, 2016
04:15 pm


Loc on Alexiad 89 (Joseph Major, ed.)
Dear Joseph:

I am a little past the deadline, but I hope there’s still the time to get a letter on Alexiad 89 into Alexiad 90. I have so much to do to catch up, and this is the next step.

I did not see the newest Trek movie, and I have no intentions of seeing Rogue One. Neither has really interested me. I have some hope for the new Trek series being shot in Toronto, and I would look forward to Episode VIII, but there is little available today that catches my eye. Belated good wishes to Lisa on her birthday, and to both of you on your anniversary. Yes, I am also at the age where I automatically get the seniors’ discount, even though I am 57. Perhaps I am not aging well.

Your dismissal was indeed unfair. I am STILL looking, but I have an interview with Nasdaq Canada tomorrow, and hopes for a job that may be available at a printing firm. It shouldn’t take this long to get a job.

So many friends are dying now…Joyce Katz and Dave Kyle are just the latest, in addition to Donna Balkan, an Ottawa fan I knew well. Then, I look at the RIP section in Ansible…it does get depressing, seeing your heart’s interest disintegrating, one name after another.

Thanks to John Purcell! Something’s coming soon employment-wise, but why did it have to take more than a year? We are slowly getting used to the idea of inexpensive and nearby entertainment. We really want to return to England, but it may be some time before that happens, if ever.

I wish there was more here, but sorry, there isn’t. Thank you for this issue, and there is always the intent to respond in a more complete fashion. Maybe the next time?

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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02:26 pm


Loc on CounterClock 26 (Wolf von Witting, ed.)
Dear Wolf:

I am late with a lot of things, but now comes a letter of comment on issue 26 of CounterClock. Here’s hoping I can come up with something somewhat coherent. I haven’t had any coffee yet today…

You’ve got hobbits on your front cover. Can we wipe them off? Maybe they’re looking for something exotic for second breakfast, which sounds like a really good idea right now.

According to this, you’ve reached your 57th birthday in November. Happy belated birthday! I hit my 58th this coming June 2. I remember looking forward to that SFnal year of 2000!, and wondering how old I’d be…wow, 41. How did I ever get that old? I expect to go with a whimper and not a bang, which is fine with me. I would just be pleased to spend a lot more time with Yvonne, and go out together.

In many ways, Ansible and File 770 have been our fanzines of record, and both zines will often have long lists of fans and others in the field who have passed away, especially in Ansible. Joyce Katz and Dave Kyle are just the latest two of an extremely long list.

I enjoy reading the wide variety of fanzines I get in the mail and in my IN box. And to keep them coming, that’s just one of the reasons why I respond to them via the letter column. Guests of Honour should be the centre of the convention’s programming, but Yvonne and I have been a GoH a number of times, and two conventions literally forgot us. I have noticed that there are few conventions who still advertise a FanGoH, expecting that another author, or probably another actor, would be a better draw attendance-wise then a FanGoH could ever been.

Alan White’s fannish resume is much more impressive than most, and why he doesn’t have a silver rocket of his own, not to mention GoHships galore, is beyond me. I know some of the cosplayers locally, and while their costumes are great, their behavior at conventions and elsewhere is sometimes a little too violent as they get further into character. With our interest in steampunk, we do have a variety of costumes, but cosplaying as a particular character? Because there are no iconic or established characters in steampunk, there may not be much cosplay in steampunk, unless you establish your own fictional character, which we haven’t done.

We’ve lost a few friends lately, and we are of the age where this will happen. It is depressing, but it is also real, and we have to deal with it. Social media is wonderful for keeping in touch with your friends and family, but in the long run, there is no touch, no real contact. When I see my friends, I want to give them a hug. That’s why conventions are important to me; that’s where the human touch comes in, and that’s where I see friends, and a few I am closer to than just friends.

Worldcons are part of my past. I can’t possibly afford to go to them any more, so that means we definitely won’t be at the Helsinki Worldcon. That’s a shame; it’s a country I’d like to see. When I see what goes on in the committees, and this latest debacle, it is perhaps best that I do not attend them anymore, or be involved in the bidding processes. It’s bad enough that the assorted Puppies ruined it and the Hugos for me. It will take time to pass, but it will.

The locol…I find that at the pro-run media-SF conventions there are around here, their expectations of you are that you will buy your memberships, spend the rest of your money in the dealers’ room, and sit down, shut up, and be an appreciative audience. I don’t like this, for I would prefer to have something to do at the con, something to participate in. However, I am even seeing this at literary conventions. The writers are at the heart of programming, they stage readings, and again, you sit down, shut up, and be an appreciative audience. Is this what conventions are coming to?

One reason we’re not going to the Helsinki Worldcon is that what money we did have, we spent by going to England, and had the most marvelous of times. London was big and a lot of fun, Watford was a Harry Potter fan’s paradise, and Lincoln was extremely steampunky, and a lot of fun. Yvonne and I were the only North Americans there. Only two weeks? We could have stayed there for two months.

Ah, I am done, and I feel like I’ve run a marathon. I always enjoy zines that lots of comment hooks, and this issue had plenty. A page and a half of blether is proof of that. Thank for this issue, and I am trying my best to get caught up with ever zine I receive. Wish me luck, and see you soon.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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December 6th, 2016
09:29 pm


Loc on Vibrator 2.0.32 & 2.0.33 (Graham Charnock, ed.)
Dear Graham:

I don’t know how far behind I am in things, but I have two issues of Vibrator outstanding to comment on, and who know how many others are out there. Anyway, issues 32 and 33 are here, and here come the remarks.

32…Barcon 4 sounds like a fine time indeed. And, I hope everything is calm and happy in the Charnock household. Take care, and look after yourselves. Plastic £5 notes…we’ve got plastic C$5 notes (plus $10s and C$20s) here, but never came across any in the UK in August. We had a fine time, by the way. A previous Barcon was in Lincoln? There are great bars in the artistic quarter. Which one did you go to?

Being involved in costuming at Worldcons before getting into loccing fanzines, I remember costuming and masquerades and hall costumes. Cosplaying, or costume playing, didn’t come along until the mid-80s. Today, there are professional cosplayers who get paid to wear their costumes at cons, and be the character they play to add atmosphere to the con. Hey, more FAAn Awards for me? The cheque’s in the mail! Thanks! You get asked what you think? No one asks me that ever, so that’s a bonus for you.

I can hardly wait for the explanation of what a defribulator is, and what it does, especially in a sexual setting. I expect the setting to be HIGH. I can’t remember the last time I was defribbled.

I see references to the point spread in US football, and it does occur in other sports, but while I’ve never betted on sports, I do know what the spread is for. The newest news out of Las Vegas sports-wise is the new National Hockey League franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights. Sounds like a university team.

33…Maybe Stephen Fry is like Keith Richards…he’s dead, but no one’s taken the time to tell him that he can lie down now? I’ve had close friends pass away lately, and yes, death is on our minds, too. We’ve lost weight to try to assure ourselves that we won’t be passing away any time soon.

Those flying cars? When the calendar hit 2001, I expected Jetsons-like flying cars, too. Yes, there’d be flying chaos, but there’d be lots of new jobs for automotive air-traffic controllers.

When in London, I saw vending machines that said on their fronts that it could not process polymer plastic bills, so I guess the £5 notes were predicted. Liquor in a private hotel room is okay, but the hotels need more opportunities to make money. There’s no more free function space as long as you fill your room block, and North American convention con suites are getting more and more expensive to stock.

Done for now, I am. Hoping to see further issues of Vibrator I am, too. Be good, and be around to create that further issue. And, we will see you then, and many thanks.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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05:20 pm


Loc on The Reluctant Famulus 113 (Thomas Sadler, ed.)
Dear Tom:

I am still way behind on a lot of things, and one of them has been responding to The Reluctant Famulus 113. Time to fix that.

Yup, Steve Stiles and Mike Glyer are Hugo winners. That might hold out a little hope for the rest of us, but not too much… Drugs can be a problem anywhere. I suspect the people in your neighbourhood set up the meth lab thinking that no one would ever suspect it was there. Happens here, too. I remember years ago, a huge marijuana farm was found inside an abandoned brewery, some miles up the highway. I noticed on the front cover that the Yellow Submarine is looking a little grey.

Great old pictures from the Victorian period. Some might say a lot of those photos are quite steampunk. The prosthetic left arm looks like some of it may have been built from old cutlery. And, Abe Lincoln looks like a kid in that photo.

I don’t know much about American pirate radio, but I did learn some years ago about British pirate radio, and how many of them broadcast from ships just outside the legal waters of Britain. Many of the DJs of these pirate stations later had stellar careers with the BBC.

I would probably never buy the Mike Harding book, but I seem to recall his name from years of listening from time to time to BBC Radio, usually Radio 2. Looks like, as many people do, he might not be on the Beeb now, but has his own online show.

On page 35, the Canadian pterosaur with no name…only I would know that the name of the island it was found on has been typed here…it should be Hornby Island, and I have been on that island, in the late 70s.

The locol…I haven’t done up a trip report, but I have put onto Facebook a full list of pictures taken while we were in England. Yet, most of the pictures taken were on our digital camera, and they haven’t made it onto social media yet. We had an excellent time, and I am sure that the pictures of us at the big steampunk event would blow any fanzine cred I ever had out of the water… My own loc…here it is December, and I am STILL job hunting. However, just a couple of days after I finish this loc, I will have an interview with Nasdaq Canada, and fingers crossed on that one. I don’t wear many of my Hawaiian shirts, mostly because cleaning them takes a run through the washer and dryer, and a lot of ironing afterwards.

This has taken so long, and Famulus 114 arrived today, but I am having trouble downloading it. So, I hope to respond to this next issue before 115 comes out. Many thanks, see you with the next one.

                                                                                              Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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November 25th, 2016
02:48 pm


Loc on BCSFAzine 518 (Felicity Walker, ed.)
Dear BCSFAns:

I have issue 518 of BCSFAzine, and I get the feeling I am very late on this, but better late than never. Here come some comments right now.

Taleb, and Teeth Rinsing Font. Did I miss a memo or six on this? I did walk into the middle of this conversation. Steam Trek mostly comes from the mashing together of a Victorian wardrobe with  NextGen uniforms. The effect is actually pretty neat. I will definitely find safer and more comfortable ways of carrying gold with me. Bob Jennings has indeed resurrected Tightbeam for the N3F, and it does look good.

My loc, and the American election…well, look at that, the bad guys won. Even though to date, Hillary Clinton  received more than 2 million more votes, the larger number of electoral votes went to Donald Trump. I think we have since seen that everything Trump accused Clinton of doing, he was actually doing himself. I think American will have to hold its nose for the next four years. We had ourselves a great time at the Grand Canadian Steampunk Exposition in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and we hope to return in 2017.

We are still vending our steampunk jewelry, and our next show will be at Historic Bovaird House in Brampton, ON, at their Christmas Craft Show and Carriage House event.

In spite of my remarks about the Aurora Awards in this issue, I have since accepted an invitation to join the directors of the CSFFA as their historian. As soon as some presents itself, I will be doing some work on confirming the nomination and winner records, plus seeing what other historical bits can be added to the CSFFA records. I will see what I can do for them.

Conventions are indeed shutting down because new generations of fans aren’t willing to put in the time and effort and money it takes to run a convention, and besides, the pro-run cons are there. I don’t like that trend, but there it is.

The RIP list is depressing. You should see the one in every monthly issue of Ansible. Now THAT’s depressing.

It is Friday as I write, so we have a busy weekend lined up, as usual. Gotta get the groceries tonight, so I will sign off here, and get this ready to flow through the æther. Have a great weekend…and before I forget, Yvonne and I wish everyone with BCSFA a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy New Year. 2016, you are so fired.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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November 23rd, 2016
04:33 pm


Loc on Spartacus 16 (Guy Lillian III, ed.)
Dear Guy:

I am quite late with this loc, but here it is, nonetheless. It might help you close out the locol for the next issue. So here goes with comments on issue 16 of Spartacus.

I will start with Worldcon…good to see Mike Glyer and Steve Stiles won Hugos this year. I hope there will be a continuation of this at the Helsinki Worldcon, but I have my doubts. Seeing one of the Puppies’ bases is in Finland, I suspect they are regrouping for another assault on the silver rockets. I hope I am wrong. Also, I hope New Orleans will bid again. I was at the last one, and I won’t be at the next one, but it’s a good place to have Worldcon.

The Trump presidency. Ick. I never wanted to see that, let alone type it, but there it is. Hey, Republicans, you voted for this slime mold? And most of his campaign he’s not carrying through with (prosecuting Clinton, building the wall, dumping Obamacare)? It’s easy to see you were all played. Everything he accused Clinton of doing, he was doing himself, and he’s already broken law after law, and promises to break many more are on record. America, you’ve all been played by a master player, someone who has the job, has no idea what to do with it, and doesn’t really care to learn. The West has lost its main moral compass, and that role may have to fall upon Angela Merkel in Germany, and even Justin Trudeau here in Canada. The next four years will be full of disgust, public pain, thug activities on behalf of the government, and activities close to fascism. Let’s hope the Supreme Court will speak up regularly, and the press will defend freedoms, even with Trump’s threats. Hope those four years goes fast, and the Democrats (I still don’t know how they lost) will have to find a savior for all of you. And us, too. The office of the POTUS affects everyone.

Vale Dave Kyle…I met him a few times, and I had a wonderful talk with him at a Toronto convention some years ago. I wish I could renew acquaintances…perhaps someday, I will.

And, that’s all. At one of his earliest speeches (!), Trump said, “You’ve got the love the poorly educated.”  He still does, for those are the ones who voted for him. The decades-long distrust of science and anyone who can string a sentence together longer than five words, has caught up with America, and brought a despot-wannabe to power. Be careful, everyone, for Trump’s real drives are power, money and revenge. And now, he will get it all. Take care, be careful, and see you next issue. Hope this isn’t too late for the Thanksgiving issue!

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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November 22nd, 2016
09:54 pm


Loc on Probe 167 & 168 (Gail Jamieson, ed.)
Dear SFFSAns:

Within the space of one month, I have received two issues of Probe, 167 and 168. I suspect the international mails were playing around with one or both issues, but at least I have them both now. Time for a letter on the two.

167…Yes, Gail, we have been around for some time. As of next year, I will have been in fandom for 40 years. That’s a truly scary thought in some ways. Old issues of just about any zine will show us how long we’ve been around. And yes, I do remember the original Battlestar Galactica from the late 1970s, with whom older Canadians know well as The Voice of Doom, Lorne Greene.

Tony, the only time I see you now is through the pages of Probe! Fandom for me has changed, as I am sure it has for many of us. It’s not the way it was. Friends have moved on to other interests within what we might call fandom, as have Yvonne and I…after 30 years of con-running, we left that, only to find there wasn’t much else going on, and what else could we do? We saw a display on steampunk some years ago, and being old-time costumers, we decided to look further into it. It isn’t a mainstream fannish interest these days, but we are having some fun, and have made some friends. Facebook is helping us to keep in touch with friends who aren’t around anymore. Even with all of our activities, we really don’t have close friends, so we must go it alone to truly entertain ourselves.

Tony, I have a tablet, but no reader. My researches into the readers show me that the Kobo is perhaps the best of the lot, but getting reading materials for it is a real money sink, and right now, that’s the last thing I need. My choice is books, and I still have a shelf bursting with books waiting their turn, but I really can’t remember the last time I read any SF, so may still have quite a wait.

I see my two locs published here were almost a year old, according to the date I am writing this. I can say that the year 2016 was a poor year for everyone, a deadly year for the famous, and for me, a year with no employment to date. However, a recent major lead may yet blossom, and for me at this time, this would be the best Christmas present possible. Cross your fingers for me, and hope for the best. The toughest job is looking for one.

I very much enjoyed Mike Hardaker’s ‘10’. As someone trained as a journalist, and works as a writer or editor or proofreader, when I find the work, I liked the premise of having filters and algorithms to sift the truth from the BS, which would act as a valuable and possibly dangerous tool in this age or sudden right-wing politics. Ah, if only it was all that easy. I would use it myself.

Cosplay…I was at that Worldcon in 1984, so I have been around long enough to know when it was just hall costumes. In many ways, quantifying wearing of the hall costumes of cosplay has given costuming fans more opportunities to show off their creations, but some cosplayers get carried away, and I have seen a few of them bump into people standing around talking. I’ve been a little guilty of cosplay myself, with my steampunk costumes.

168…There’s a name from the past, Neil van Niekerk. I don’t go to Worldcons any more, but I have read that Cheryl Huff, one of the chairs of the upcoming Helsinki Worldcon, has resigned from her position.

Some of the fairs I have been to in the last year have 3D printers on display, and the technology is amazing. Now, there is software to allow you to design a 3D template, and then take it to the 3D printer at the local library (or the one you might have at home), and print it out yourself. I have heard of 3D-printed cars and houses. Who know how far it can do?

My letter…we did go to England! The second half of August saw us in London for a week, taking in the sights, and going to Watford to see the big Harry Potter exhibits, and then four days in the town of Lincoln for The Asylum, the biggest steampunk event in the world. We had so much fun, mostly because it was so refreshingly different. We’d go back in a heartbeat.

The Office Dragon makes Nature look like an office. Maybe it’s a branch of the Ministry of Magic? I am sure I would have enjoyed it more if it didn’t sound so accurate.

The big Star Trek exhibit in Seattle…I think it was also on display in Ottawa recently. I didn’t find out about it until it was halfway through its run, so we didn’t go to see it. I don’t know, my interest in Trek seems to have faded quite a bit. I never saw the latest reboot movie, and I don’t think I want to see it.

The fiction was read and enjoyed, but I am a poor critic…no comments. And with that, I think I am coming to the end of this letter. Given that we’re less than five weeks away from Christmas, Yvonne and I would like to wish everyone in SFFSA a wonderful and fun Christmas season, and a Happy New Year. Take care, all…2016 was a terrible year for so many reasons, so let’s hope 2017 is a better one. It could hardly be worse. See you then.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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November 19th, 2016
07:22 pm


Loc on Opuntia 354 - 358 (Dale Speirs, ed.)
Dear Dale:

You keep putting them out, and I keep falling behind. So now, I have five issues of Opuntia to respond to, issues 354 to 358. Plunge in right now…

354… Beautiful shot to begin with. I hope it’s all farm land; I’d hate to see it spoiled by a golf course or two. I remember one-lane bridges, but I also remember Murphy bridges, which were portable, and quite moveable, especially if you were driving on them. They were set up if there was extensive construction or demolition of an existing bridge, which put it out of service.

So…whither Vulcan, Alberta? If the Trek museum is gone, can they continues to have their annual festival? I guess there just wasn’t enough business to keep them in town, or Drumheller gave them a better offer.

Too many people walking with their heads down, studying their smartphones, have contributed to record numbers of pedestrians being killed on the streets of Toronto. Some might say evolution in action, and others would say death by misadventure, or by plain stupidity, in my opinion.

My letter…I can confirm that I am now the web historian for the CSFFA, and one project I have for this winter is to go through the records of nominees and winners, confirm them, see if there are any gaps to fill in, and do some research back to see if we can reconstruct the list of the nominees and winners of the Auroras’ predecessors, the Caspers. There is always more to research, learn and enter onto the website. And, the Grand Canadian Steampunk Exposition was great fun, and we are eager to go again in 2017.

355…Headstones are always an interesting read when exploring the history of your community. I remember one marker that had not only the names of the couple on it, but the names of eight of their children, who were also buried there. They all died before the age of 12, no doubt to disease and perhaps starvation.

Stephen Leacock is perhaps best known for his humourous books, but he also wrote histories, and of course, books and essays on economics, and some politics. He was a good read in all he wrote, in my humble opinion.

356…Hello to Teddy! I saw the Coffin Crisp, scAero and Scaries candies at Hallowe’en this year; they seem to be popular. I have the Steampunk Poe book on the shelf by my desk, and it was an interesting read and look, but it was stretching for steampunk references at a few points. I fully agree with your remarks on the Murdoch Mysteries episodes with Arthur Conan Doyle as a guest star, portrayed by Geraint Wyn-Davies.

357…And the prickly pears would have won, if it weren’t for you meddling kids! Yarnbombing has happened here, too, but like the painted utility boxes, they have been vandalized, and then removed. I am not sure why people do these things, but they do.

Transit…while I do have a small stack of TTC tokens, I also have my Presto card, which will eventually replace tokens and Metropasses, if only they can work out all the bugs in the system. A local friend works for Metrolinx, which is responsible for all transit in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area, and I think he has a job for life. When in London, we used our Oyster cards, the same kind of transit pass, and the Oyster cards seem to work well for everyone, and London also has nine different pricing zones. Presto should study the Oyster model, and see what fits, and make it work.

Also while in England, we did see roundabouts, and we took local tours buses through them. There’s even a few roundabouts around Niagara Falls, Ontario, and they do take a little getting used to. Hope Calgary drivers are getting used to them.

358…This year, I wasn’t well enough to go to the Etobicoke cenotaph at the civic centre up the street, but I did view the ceremonies from Ottawa on the CBC. It does look that the egos of politicians will ensure there are war dead to honour. We’ve all had a very warm October and November, but as of tomorrow as I write, the temperatures will drop. My new winter coat is ready.

I still have my stamp albums, even though I haven’t done anything with them in years. When I do get to them, I will have a pile of foreign stamps that have come from 30 years’ worth of fanzines in the mail. One begets the other. When I do get back to stamps, I will need to see if there are any stamp supply stores, or if my local Michaels can help me out.

Back up to speed, and I am slowly catching up. You’ve been reading that from me for years. Thank you for all you’ve supplied to me, and I hope not to let things slide too much in the future.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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06:18 pm


Loc on OSFS Statement 450 - 452 (Grant Duff, ed.)
Dear OSFen:

I’ve done a horrible job of keeping up with the Statement. I’ve let things slide since we came back from England the end of August, but now, it’s time to atone. Here are comments on Statement 450, 451 and 452.

450…an azhdarchoid pterosaur. Unique colours, I’d wager, and I’d wonder just how big they are. And there’s my answer on page 2. Vaguely pet-like they are.

Ah, one thing I haven’t done in some time is send to you and Cathy P-L in Montréal my regular convention list. I have tried to keep up with that, too. As soon as I am done here, it will be on the way.

451…brains! Brains! Obviously Roinn Sutton isn’t tired of zombies, but I sure am. I can’t be alone. Maybe next year, we will return to werewolves or something else…

Congrats to Leah Bobet! I haven’t seen her in some time, but she is a sweet lady, and humble in her successes. I hope for greater successes to come.

I rarely go to movies as my tastes seem to move further away from regular SF movies, but just last night, we went to the first day showing of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. No spoilers, but I found Eddie Redmayne’s accent as he portrays Newt Scamander to be incomprehensible from time to time. Look for a very popular actor to crop up near the end.

452… The idea of a President Trump was such a dystopian spectre for The Simpsons, and now, the unthinkable has come true. No one think up anything worse, okay? If you do, we’ll be sure to have it come true. I guess we weren’t careful enough… Watching the news just makes things worse.

And now, it is that time of year that we’re considering Christmas, which is only five weeks away as I write. I saw Santa in the local mall today, and the carols are ringing out on the PA system. (sigh…) So, seeing the next issue is the last issue before Christmas, Yvonne and I would like to wish all OSFSans a wonderful Christmas and Hanukkah, and happy New Year. 2016’s a horrible year for most of us, and it is fired, right now. May 2017 be a better year for all of us, because frankly, it couldn’t be worse than 2016. Take care, all, see you later.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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November 18th, 2016
03:18 pm


Loc on The Interesting Times 1 & 2 (Garth Spencer, ed.)

Dear Garth:

Many thanks for The Interesting Times, issues 1 and 2. The eternal catch-up is still ongoing, and these two zines are just more steps in the ultimate catch-up, which probably won’t happen anyway. Here goes…

1… I don’t know if right now, with the rise of fascism in the US top echelons, if the Koch Brothers are celebrating or not. If not, Trump is a product of 8 years of trying to hinder the Democrats at every turn. Looks like neither party likes the president much. Interesting Times, indeed.

Do not worry about common sense. The average person either doesn’t have it, or chooses not to employ it. And then, we wonder why we call it “common”. Seems pretty uncommon to me.

The letter column…President Trump is a reality, Brexit, other exits either real or rumoured…the national anthem of the whole world should be March of the Gladiators. If there was ever a market for escapist literature, you’d think it would be now. I can see the ratings of most news channels going down, and those with reality TV going up. It is the time when people really should be active in the fate of their countries, but when you see how about half the electorate even cares to vote, we leave our freedoms in the care of moral-free politicians.

My letter…I have some serious employment leads right now, and I sincerely hope that I am working again before Christmas. That’s the one present I really want. We did go for two weeks in England, and we got to see, experience and do things we always wanted to do. And now, I suspect we will never get on a plane again, depending on our employment situation as we get closer to retirement.

SF fandom is taking a back seat for me, too. It’s mostly because other interests beckon, and fandom (as I remember it) is simply fading away. I remembering visiting Lexie when she lived in the southern end of the Junction area of Toronto. That was probably about 30 years ago, too.

2…Most things happen in the original Klingon. That’s why you hear guttural remarks like “UGH!” so much. Asgardia would be great to have, as it would make escapism as real as it’s going to get. Get rid of this generation of humanity, and see d us somewhere else. I’d call this experiment in humanity a failure, or like others do, call our billions on Earth an infestation, and call for the exterminators.

Joyce Worley passed away a while ago now. I can’t remember the exact date, but it was earlier this year. That is probably one reason why TePe shut down in Las Vegas.

Well, any bids to run VCon 42, the Answer to Canadian Fandom and Everything? I believe there’s a Canzine happening in Toronto as well, and every so often, I ask if they include science fiction zines, and they get abusive, and I forget them for another couple of years.

I see today is the first day of Orycon…it is also the first day of SFContario 6 66/100, a two-day relaxicon in Toronto. What do these two conventions have in common? I am not going to either.

Time to fold it. We’re not going to SFContario because we have other plans for today, like going to see the Fantastic Beasts movie tonight, and going to a big craft fair tomorrow. Sunday truly will be a day of rest. Fandom truly has lost its appeal, and some locals have screwed around with us, and they are in charge of SFContario. We’re too old for this shit, so we have other things to do, and other places to be.

Thanks for these two zines, and I am sure a third is on the way. See you then.

     Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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11:00 am


Loc on X-Rayer 125 & 126 (Ray Palm, ed.)
Dear Ray:

It is universal catch-up time for me, and that also means letters on more than one issue. It’s become my trademark, I guess. Here’s comments on issues 125 and 126 of X-Rayer.

125… Great Spidey on the ivories. Maybe it’s Jerry Lee Lewis under the mask, who knows? And, I have
always liked Dali’s soggy pocket watches. Your story of the origins of the Hugo Award shows the need to maintain our history, SF’s history, for if we fail, we will be forgotten, and the BSers will move in to set whatever “facts” they want as our history.

My loc… our vacation was a wondrous time. We spent a week in London, with side trips to Paddington Station to buy Paddington Bears, Baker Street to see anything Holmesish, and to Watford to see the Harry Potter displays. Then, we took the first-class Virgin train up to Lincoln for The Asylum VIII, the biggest steampunk event in the world, and four days of living in a beautiful old English town. Great fun all around, and we’d return in a heartbeat. Actually, we will be going down the highway to London, Ontario shortly. Any reference to London in our apartment now needs qualification, Ontario or UK.

126…X-Ray soap? So clean, you can see through it?

This issue is tough to comment on, for the obvious reason. Any reaction to it yet?

One thing I found out re George Lucas…I get many zines from around the world, including Ethel the Aardvark, the clubzine of the Melbourne SF Club in Australia. I remember over the year reading about a thriving Star Wars fandom there, carrying on while Lucas was shutting down Star Wars clubs in North American and Europe. Of course, now, SW fandom is everywhere, and battalions of Stormtroopers appear at conventions everywhere, but it had to fight back against its creators’ fight for copyright.

For the moment, I am done. Tonight, we see the Fantastic Beasts movie, and see if the poor reviews were right, or if Potter fans will love it anyways. Thank you for these zines, and the interview (that’s never happened to me before), and see you with the next issue. (Did I respond to 124? If not, let me know.)

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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November 17th, 2016
03:58 pm


Loc on fugghead 5 & 6 (Dan Steffan, ed.)
Dear Dan:

I am behind with just about anyone who produces a fanzine these days, so no excuses, I hang my head with shame. On the other hand, here’s a loc on fugghead 5 and 6.

5…a Buddha with a lightbulb for a head. I thought that might be a good old-fashioned American tchotchke from the past, like anything with a clock in its stomach. Recently, Yvonne got from her sister an ugly old lamp with real Art Deco motifs to it. It’s also cast iron, so it’s really heavy. No one’s knocking that sucker over any time soon.

Are public schools still numbered in NYC? I remember my old high school has areas you didn’t want to go to, usually close to the change rooms for gym, or certain rooms close to the cafeteria. I enjoyed my school reunion in 2001, and missed the second reunion in 2011.  This past year? They tore the sucker down. My high school; alma mater is but a memory, with a sterile chunk of brick put up in its place.

I never thought I’d see the name Trump in a fanzine, and I hope that’s just an aberration. I do like the term fannish archaeology. I’ve been binging watching old Time Team episodes, so I’ve had archaeology on the brain lately. Keep digging through the fanzines until you find the issues from Iron Age Second Fandom. Wonder what winds up on the spoil heap?

The locol…the modern version of Reader’s Digest that I see (Canadian version) is about one-third the thickness I remember from past years. I met Greg Benford for the first and only time at the Reno Worldcon, as he was wandering into the fanzine lounge there. A short chat, but that was all. With my current interest in steampunk, you are absolutely right, Dan, hats are too expensive.

6…Vale Joyce Katz. Wonderful lady, and I wouldn’t have eaten those cakes, Joyce, honest! (Corflu reference) Thanks for your hospitality to a couple of wayward Canadians. Does anyone know where to find fandom? Under the bed? Behind the drapes? If you do find it, simply place it in any local mail box. I hope people have been keeping an eye on Arnie…haven’t heard a word in some time.  MagiCon was also the convention where I met Walt Willis for the first and only time, and we spoke, and he said he quite enjoyed my letters of comment. Were my feet touching the floor after that? Probably not. Folly, Spindizzy, Wild Heirs, Vegas Fandom News…such great zines from Vegas, and I do miss them.

And yeah, Steve Stiles, what he said! In spite of Puppy messes, silver rockets still have some romance attached to them. And there’s a minority opinion, to be sure.

I am done, and slowly getting caught up with faneds everywhere. I hope I can get to the next issue before the one after shows up, but my To Be Locced pile keeps getting bigger, and the paper issues are piling up on the desk, too. Many thanks for all of them.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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November 14th, 2016
03:45 pm


Loc on The Zine Dump 38 (Guy H. Lillian III, ed.)
Dear Guy:

It is slowly becoming a chore to get caught up with the various fanzines, but follow through I will. I have here The Zine Dump 38, and I will see what I can say. (I think it’s because I have fallen so far behind…)

Indeed, congrats to Steve Stiles for finally, a silver rocket. I hope this continues for many of us from this bygone fanzine era. Either that, or we mint a few of our own. And, also congrats goes out the Mike Glyer for his own rocket.

As always, a fine list of fanzines. I am pleased to be able to say I get most of them, but as hinted above, it is becoming a struggle to keep up and respond properly. Seeing it has just happened, nothing Trumpish has been seen, but I have seen reaction that ranges from perturbed to astonished to angry, and everything in between. Issue 39 should have some interesting quotes. I would also like to see what happened with Rich Lynch should Mr. Trump interfere with his department.

Taral’s Broken Toys 50 indeed was released, and I finally got a loc out his way for the final issue, and the concordat that he promises for afterwards. I have hopes that Alex Bouchard will get some more Lioghtning Rounds out again, but I see hints of illness in the family again.

In case you wondered about Rodney…well, I recently got a letter from him. I must answer it soon, and see how he’s doing.

All for now, and I must resume the never-ending job hunt. Many thanks for this issue, and I must get myself moving faster in the future.

                                                                                              Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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November 9th, 2016
01:35 pm


Loc on Broken Toys 50 (Taral Wayne, ed.)
Dear Taral:

Time to become part of your concordant, and whip up some comments on the final Broken Toys. I really don’t want to miss out on that. With luck,  you’re still waiting, and sorry to make you wait further.

An excellent cover with a fraggle, and one of the many doozers that happen to be around. Watch out below for falling berries!

Any zine must reflect the editor who slaves over it, but there are still times when it knows you better than you do. Broken Toys has indeed been very much a personalzine, not for our entertainment necessarily, but definitely for your own, entertainment and communication to the world out there. Also, it does reflect the state of your own health, and your mood. Your health isn’t the best, and no one likes attaining the age that you and I have. The fraggle universe certainly pleases you, and we are at the age where it’s best to do what pleases yourself. Did you entertain me? You told me stories, of yourself, your life, your past and history, and some fiction, about yourself and those fraggles. Yes, you did.

I’ve never been a part of furry fandom, but I try to keep a general list of conventions for distribution, and the modern-day furry conventions are on the list. Many of conventions will jury their dealers’ room, sometimes because they may not suit the proposed attitude of the room (!), but there are many dealers out there. I am one of them, with our steampunk jewelry table. Some cons say thank you for applying, but…to us sometimes.

Nobody responds to Ansible? Dave, what about the locs I send to you? I have a few regrets about my time in fandom, but they are mostly positive. Conventions have always been a positive for me, especially for gathering friends and contacts. I didn’t like the KTF reviews, which meant the reviews I wrote were universally positive, because I was for anyone who wanted to publish, and anything negative might push them away. The fandom we enjoyed isn’t around, either, which meant for us that newer interests, like steampunk, means a new group of friends. Even with that, Yvonne and realized that we do not have the group of close friends we used to have.

I find that most new fans have absolutely no idea of the historic aspect of fandom. For them, fandom is now, and the past never enters into it. Even when you ask them if they ever wondered what fans did in a bygone age, say the 80s, they have never thought of it, and have no interest whatsoever.

I think most people don’t really care if a faned lives up to an announced schedule. I know I am happy when it arrives, but schedule is entirely at the discretion of the editor. Life gets in the way, so bring it out when you can, and ta.

A few years ago, we’d gotten a handful of books from a friend who said she wanted to get rid of them, and did we know of a place or two to do so? We know most book stores don’t take in fresh product, except for the HMV chain, so we offered the bag of books to Ad Astra and SFContario. We still have that bag of books, and we might just dump them on a freebie table, and time how long it takes for them to be whisked away. These days, it will not be as instantaneous as it used to be.

A Corflu bid for 2018? First I’ve heard of it. I guess it will be the usual group of bidders in charge. I will have to see what time allows for when it comes time to go. No real bid yet? That’s okay…

Well, John Purcell…that’s President Shitgibbon to you. The worst thing happened, and we will have to deal with it. I hope Brad Foster’s cataract surgery goes swimmingly…mine certainly did.

Mike Glicksohn was one of my fanzines influences, along with Mike Wallis and Harry Warner, Jr.  Many of Mike’s hats after his death were given away, and some simply had disintegrated, but I do have one souvenir of Mike…the Australian Forces pin from his Aussie bush hat.

Yvonne and I are using YouTube and a downloader site to watch many, MANY episodes of Time Team, the old Channel 4 archaeological show. We’ve also got an entire run of Babylon 5 we might watch once again.

I think I must end this, for I am having a tough time finding anything to say about any given article or phrase in the zine. That’s when IU know I am tapped out. Thank you for this final issue, I will look for the final assemblage of comments (but not comment on them, if you don’t want), and see what other publications you create. By all means, keep them coming. Thank you.

                                                                                              Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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