Bureaus and Activities

Bureaus are groups within N3F that specialize in particular activities or interests. In Bureaus, members share their talents and their knowledge, and get information about the club and particular topics. Bureaus are the path that lets members come together to develop common interests. All members are urged to participate in bureaus and to create new bureaus to fulfill the needs of the membership.

Publications The mighty rock upon which the N3F is founded is our Editorial Cabal and their publications. The Editorial Cabal writes, edits, and publishes our magazines and other publications.

TNFF The National Fantasy Fan is our Official Organ, as described in our Bylaws and Constitution. TNFF appears monthly in paper and electronic form. It has existed as long as we have: three quarters of a century. Seventy years ago, back in 1945, EE Evans renamed TNFF. It had been “Bonfire”; it became “The National Fantasy Fan”, a name it has kept almost continuously ever since. The TNFF Editor is George Phillies phillies@4liberty.net. George is delighted to accept fannish material of all sorts.

Tightbeam Bob Jennings edits our fine zine Tightbeam. Tightbeam (named by former neffer Marion Zimmer Bradley) is our genzine. It publishes articles, zine and book reviews, art, creative and special material, and more.  Tightbeam has published more than 285 issues. If you have art, fiction, media reviews, essays, guides, thoughtful pieces of commentary, or other material of general interest, please send it to Bob Jennings at fabficbks@aol.com

N’APA Neffer Amateur Press Alliance: Involved fanscreate their own zines (zine…short for “magazine”), and send electronic files to the Bureau Head, who assembles them and in turn sends the collated files to the membership. Most individual zines only contain the writing of the fan producing the issue. Once upon a time, people actually printed paper copies and sent them off to be collated. Under modern conditions, electronic files are sent to the Bureau Head. Electronic files permit far fancier issues to be sent to all members. Please send .doc, .rtf, .txt or similar files to the BuHead, who converts them to PDF format. N’APA is bi-monthly. You can be a fan, semi-professional, or professional writer; all members may contribute. Contact N’APA Collator George Phillies phillies@4liberty.net for more information or a sample issue.

Ionisphere Ionisphere (note the second “i”) is the revived bimonthly zine of the Fan-Pro Activity Coordinating Bureau. The Bureau and its zine exist to increase interactions between readers and writers, publish interviews with writers and fen, promote contact information and web locations, and support convention activities. For more information, contact Bureau Head John Thiel <kinethiel@comcast.net>.

Eldritch Science is our art and fiction zine, edited by George Phillies, published once or twice a year. The zine is a revival of George’s zine from two decades back. Contact George <phillies@4liberty.net>  for more information.

Origin is the publication of the N3F , John Thiel <kinethiel@comcast.net>, BuHead and Editor.  It publishes fannish history and had an active letters column.

Mangaverse is the revived magazine of the N3F anime and comics bureau. Kevin Trainor wombat.socho@gmail.com is the BuHead;  Jessi Silver jessi@s1e1.com is the zine editor.

Electronic Publications Yes, we have a bunch of electronic venues:

www.N3F.org Our web site.
www.facebook.com/groups/n3flist/ – Our Facebook group
www.facebook.com/TheN3F – The Facebook announcement page
We also have a Google group: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104301173814396528446

Anime/Comics Bureau: Anime, comics, and manga are a core part of the fantastic literature, providing inspiration for many of the SF motion pictures that dominate the silver screen. The Anime/Comics Bureau supports discussion of all aspects of this branch of our hobby.  Contact BuHead Kevin Trainor wombat.socho@gmail.com for more information.

Artist’s Bureau: Artists from this bureau supply much artwork for the club zines. Technique, subject matter, and publication will also be a part of the discussions of this bureau. If you have an interest in science fiction/fantasy art, and are wanting to share that interest, this is the bureau for you!! Contact Cedar Sanderson <cedarlila@gmail.com>

Birthday Cards: Hello! The Birthday Card Bureau is a fun Bureau where you get to wish your fellow Neffers a happy birthday. As a bit of history, this bureau was started by a past disabled neffer who wanted to do something for the club. I thought that was nifty. Contact R-Laurraine Tutihasi laurraine@mac.com.

Book Review Bureau: We are in the golden age of SF publishing, with thousands of SF novels published every year. Which ones might you want to read?  Which ones might you want to avoid? Based on a proposal by Bob Jennings, the Book Review Bureau tries to persuade members to write at least short reviews of all new novels.

Fan-Pro Coordinating Activity Bureau: The Fan-Pro Coordinating Activity Bureau exists to promote relations between fen and writers. NuHead John Thiel publishes zone Ionisphere in support of this effort.

Fandom History and Research Bureau: Under the leadership of BuHead John Thiel and N3F Historian Jon Swartz, the History and Research bureau seeks to document the history of the N3F and our hobby.

Franking Bureau: The Franking Bureau performs the original purpose of the N3F, redistributing fanzines to our membership. Our work is purely electronic, using the internet to retransmit fanzines to all of our members.

Games Bureau: The Games Bureau supports the play of games by N3F Members. Board games, rolegames, miniatures, diplomatic games, live action roleplaying,…We occasionally publish lists of forthcoming game conventions. For more information on the Gaming Bureau contact George Phillies at phillies@4liberty.net.

Gourmet Bureau: Led by Cedar Sanderson cedarlili@yahoo.com Cedar publishes Read This While You Eat That, recipes associated with famous authors.

Historian: The N3F was founded in 1941, before almost all living fen were born. (As of this writing, one of our founding members is still alive and well.) We actually have a club historian, Jon Swartz. who is always looking for more material on our past. He can be reached as Jon Swartz at jon_swartz@hotmail.com.

Lord High Proofreader:  The Lord High Proofreader reads the proof copies of issues of TNFF before they are mailed out.

Membership Recruitment: No members, no club.  It’s that simple. To join the membership recruitment effort, please contact Kevin Trainor  wombat.socho @gmail.com or  John Thiel kinethiel@comcast.net.

Neffy Awards Bureau: This bureau is dedicated to running and promoting the annual N3F Speculative Fiction Awards. Any current N3F member can apply for membership through the forums or email phillies@4liberty.net.

Round Robins: This bureau is one of the most active and popular in the club. A round robin is a packet of letters written about a subject or author. The letters follow a route headed by a robin master. Most robins have 4 to 6 members. A few of the long running robins are on SF&F Films, Star Trek, Time Travel, Andre Norton, and Anne McCaffrey. New ideas are welcome. It’s a great way to discuss science fiction subjects and to make friends. To join, you must be a member of N3F. To become a member of a round robin (or perhaps several) Contact Judy Carroll at autumnseas8012@yahoo.com or Patricia Williams-King  atdoofusming@ yahoo.com

Short Story Contest: We have a yearly short story contest, open to non-professionals. For details, please contact our professional writer and judge, Jefferson Swycaffer at abontides@gmail.com or read the description elsewhere on these pages.

Video Schedule: Long time member David Speakman maintains a schedule of forthcoming video events. It’s not a Bureau, but it is done by a fine Neffer, David Speakman fandominion.com has a listing of Scripted genre TV programs, week, by week. You can also find the reports on our Facebook Group /n3flist/

Welcommittee is for welcoming new members into the N3F, and following up with them. In the past the WelCommittee has welcomes new members with a “welcome” letters. A “new member packet” introduces the new “neffer” to the club and all its activities. Being on the WelCommittee is a wonderful way to be “on the front lines” of meeting new friends in our club! The Welcommittee is looking for new members. Please contact Judy Carroll autumnseas8012@yahoo.com to volunteer.

Writer’s Exchange Bureau: Members of the Writers’ Exchange Bureau read each other’s manuscripts.  Right now we have a surplus of readers and a shortage of writers, so feel free to accept criticism without offering any. This Bureau Head is very active and excited about her club and bureau activities! Contact Judy Carroll autumnseas8012@yahoo.com for information.

Convention Coordinator: Convention dates, con-reports, and passing out flyers at various sci-fi and fantasy conventions is the purpose of this bureau. Head needed! Contact N3F President George Phillies at phillies@4liberty.net to volunteer.

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