The N3F is an old club, solidly embedded in Fandom’s history and present – and, from all appearances, its future as well. It all began in April 1941, when all types of imaginative literature – including science fiction – were called fantasy, making it one of the oldest science fiction and fantasy fan clubs still operating. In all the time since then, the N3F has undergone almost every combination of success and failure imaginable. At different times it’s membership has been in the hundreds, and other times under 100. It has produced some of Fandom’s most memorable fanzines and some of the worst crudzines. Its ranks hold professional writers as well as neofans (if you have to ask what a neofan is, you are one).
The reason for this diversity, and quite possibly also for N3F’s longevity, is that the club’s main aim is contact. Anyone paying the current dues is welcome (and that is about the only thing rigidly insisted on). People are encouraged to seek out others sharing their interests in any matter, and to start a group (if they want to) about it, if there isn’t one already. Thus, we have a Writer’s workshop, an Artist’s Bureau, the WelCommittee (this is the original WelCommittee; beware of imitations!), Convention listings, Reviews, a Games Bureau, etc. Know what a Round Robin is? We have a few of those. Want to have someone critique your short story or novel? We can help you.
The N3F has two “snail” mail publications. The National Fantasy Fan (TNFF, also known as The Fan) comes out more or less monthly. It contains club business, information about club activities and areas of interest, free space for member ads, member art, poetry, flash fiction, information on round robins(small correspondence groups centered on a writer or subject), letters of comment, member-written articles and reviews, and other fannish material. Members also have the option to receive TNFF via e-mail in PDF format.
We also publish Tightbeam Tightbeam is our brag zine. Tightbeam (named by former neffer Marion Zimmer Bradley) is a Literary zine as well as a letterzine. It publishes creative and special pubs of fan-created content (fiction, reviews, essays, guides, fandbooks, etc.) Tightbeam has published more than 270 issues. Tightbeam will be published occasionally, at least once a year. Its content will include both original fan-made stuff and cherry-picked “best-of” content from TNFF. If you have art, fiction, media reviews, essays, guides, thoughtful pieces of commentary, or other material of general interest, please send it to David Speakman as soon as possible at email@example.com
For the first 50 years of its existence, N3F was a “snail” mail organization, but we are now embracing the world of the Internet as well as keeping some our traditional activities going. We also offer online activities such as our yahoo group; firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us!