Clubzine

A zine put out by (and usually for) members of an sf club. Can be anything from a simple meeting notice to a full-fledged general circulation fanzine. The very first fanzines –- The Comet and The Planet –- were clubzines. Most club fanzines, published over time, remain the official publication of the club and rack up a host of editors –- Shangri-L’Affaires and Proper Boskonian are examples –- but on occasion, particularly in moving from club bulletin to general circulation fanzines, they’ve become independent of the club: Harlan Ellison, who published the Bulletin of the Cleveland Science Fantasy Society, when CSFS members said it more closely resembled a personal fanzine than a club bulletin, continued the numbering but changed the title of his fanzine to Science Fantasy Bulletin and later yet to Dimensions. When Seattle’s The Nameless Ones’ club bulletin, Cry of the Nameless, began publishing more general material, the various editors began paying the publishing costs to make it their own and eventually dropped “of the Nameless” from the title.

Contributors: Dr. Gafia