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Re-entering fandom

Until I went to Worldcon I hadn't done anything you could call fannish for many years. The closest thing I got was reading the blog of someone I've been following for years. I discovered them on a blog directory (yes, such things existed) when I was looking for local people who also blogged. I knew them as Coalescent but I didn't know much about them. The blog was mostly book reviews

In hunting around the internet after Worldcon I found that he, for it is a he, is Niall Harrison, editor of Strange Horizons and he lives in Oxford, which is sort of local.

The Hugo Awards, voted on and awarded at Worldcon, includes entries for best fanzine. I wrote previously about how doing a fanzine required "confidence and work". That was in the days of paper, but now we have digital publications a blog counts as a fanzine, for the winner was (look a digital link) A Dribble of Ink edited by Aidan Moher. It has previews of cover art, guest articles, reviews, and other good stuff.

With blogs all that copying and distribution is done away with, so not so much confidence is needed. That doesn't mean it doesn't need work though, for here is Exhibit B, the second place fanzine, Book Smugglers. Not only does it have a fantastic rate of quality output it even has a publishing schedule every Sunday. The two people who run it have day jobs so they must spend a lot of time on reading and writing. I'm very impressed.

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