Be a Part of History
The N3F is an old club, solidly embedded in Fandom’s history and present – and, from all appearances, its future as well. The N3F began in April 1941, when all types of imaginative literature – including science fiction – were called fantasy. We’re 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 our membership has been in the hundreds, and other times under 10. 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!), 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 one paper mail magazine, and several electronic magazines. The magazines are The National Fantasy Fan, Tightbeam, Ionisphere, N’APA, and Eldritch Science. We also publish one-shot volumes on an irregular basis.
The National Fantasy Fan (TNFF) comes out monthly. It contains club business, information about club activities and areas of interest, free space for member ads, member art, poetry, 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 may also choose to receive TNFF via e-mail in PDF format; your dues are reduced if you do this.
Tightbeam, Ionisphere, N’APA, and Eldritch Science are published electronically. Tightbeam (named by former neffer Marion Zimmer Bradley) publishes art, long and short reviews of books and fanzines, and letters of comment. Publication is currently bimonthly. The last issue of 2016 was issue 275. If you have art, fiction, media reviews, essays, guides, thoughtful pieces of commentary, or other material of general interest, please send it as soon as possible to Bob Jennings at FabFicBks@aol.com.
Ionisphere is the journal of the N3F Fan-Pro Coordinating Activity Bureau. It exists to promote a closer relationship between science fiction and fantasy fans and the writers and editors and artists who create this form of literature. Ionisphere also publishes long interviews with famous fans and writers. Publication is currently bimonthly.
N’APA is our amateur press association. N’APA, published bimonthly collates together the zines of its contributors and circulates the collated back to people who make at least occasional contributions. Founded in 1959, N’APA has now passed issue 225.
Eldritch Science is our new fiction, poetry, and art magazine. The first issue is expected this year. Eldritch Science publishes longer works of fiction (7500 words to complete novels), poems, and related artwork. The publication schedule has not yet been fixed.
Finally, we have less regular publications. Fandbooks (Fan-Handbooks) are collections of historical and other material. Recent fandbooks include Neffer a Bad Batch (recipes).
A Sea of Stars Like Diamonds is our book-length collection of short stories. Published at the end of 2016, A Sea of Stars Like Diamonds is our 75th anniversary commemorative volume.
For the first 50 years of its existence, N3F was a “snail” mail organization, but we now embrace the world of the Internet as well as keeping some our traditional activities going. We also offer online activities such as our Facebook group N3F. Join us!