AutoClave

AutoClave, the series of five conventions in the Detroit area, 1976 to 1978 and 1980 and 1981, was the first con aimed at fanzine fans (as distinguished from the very earliest conventions at which virtually all attendees were involved in fanzines to one or another extent).

Sponsor of AutoClave was the Metro Detroit Science Fiction Society, Inc., a non-profit organization created for the holding of AutoClave. The committee's volunteers were members of the Wayne Third Foundation, the Wayne State University SF club.

Amid the explosion of cons in the 1970s, many fanzine fans tended to be shy and to keep to their print-oriented focus. It was felt that a con devoted to their interests might lure some of the hermit-like faneds and fanzine contributors to meet. Also fandom at large was increasingly uninterested in written fanhistory or the arcane minutiae of repro and other details of pubbing one's ish that fanzine fans wanted to talk about at cons.

No one thought of passing the convention to other groups across the country, which meant that when the Detroit-area fanzine fans who put on AutoClave, tired, AutoClave ceased. The rotating fanzine cons Corflu, and then ditto, came later.

Convention Dates GoH Toastmaster Chair
AutoClave 1 May 28-31, 1976 Gene Wolfe and Donn Brazier Mike Glicksohn Gary Mattingly Joe Wesson Leah A. Zeldes
AutoClave II July 22-24, 1977 Donald C. Thompson, Don D'Ammassa Jon Singer Leah A. Zeldes
AutoClave 3 July 21-23, 1978 Terry Hughes and Derek Carter Ben Zuhl Leah A. Zeldes
AutoClave 4 July 25-27, 1980 Jeanne Gomoll and Dan Steffan Ted White
AutoClave 5 July 24-26, 1981 Howard DeVore Brian Earl Brown

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