Cry of the Nameless

Clubzine of The Nameless Ones starting in the 50s, but by the mid-50s it had shortened its named to just Cry and had ceased to be a clubzine. It was edited for most of its lifetime by F. M. Busby with help from a number of people including Elinor Busby. In the 60s it was mainly the work of Wally Weber.

It won the 1960 Best Fanzine Hugo, and was nominated for the 1959 Best Fanzine Hugo and the 1962 Best Fanzine Hugo

In the 50s it earned the reputation as one of the most fannish fanzines and one of its most popular features was its large letters column, "Cry of the Readers". It was the conduit into fandom for many younger fans who were just beginning to send off for fanzines and was a place where newer fans were at home with science fiction personalities such as Ellison, Asimov, Silverberg, Walt Willis, and Harry Warner, Jr.. Becoming a Cry letterhack was a kind of fannish rite of passage.

Other features included a prozine review column by F. M. Busby (as "Renfrew Pemberton"), the "Fandom Harvest" column by Terry Carr and John Berry's serialized 1959 North American trip report "The Goon Goes West".

Issue #135, the tenth annish was the first issue of 1960 and was one of the best. In that issue, Hal Lynch provided a piece of fan fiction about a fan who wanted to make a 12-hour film based on Sam Moskowitz's The Immortal Storm. Jose Ferrer played Don Wollheim; Gregory Peck as Bob Tucker; Yul Brynner as Hoy Ping Pong; and Raymond Burr as Moskowitz. It also included Dean Grennell denying that he was Les Nirenberg, an article by Les Gerber "How to Write Faan Fiction", and a letter from Bob Lichtman that summarized how many seasoned fans must have felt about fandom as the 1960s were just beginning: "I'm glad I'm not joining fandom now; think of all the things I'd have to wait ever so long to enter into the fun of, while I'm already in them. The learning process continues, and as I read every new fanzine I get, and with every letter I receive, and so on. I doubt that even Bloch knows everything about fandom, but imagine what a vast knowledge the elder Ghods like he and Tucker must have — fannish allusions and jokes long forgotten by other fen."

Cry ceased publication after the 174th issue in mid 1964 primarily due to Wally Weber being moved by his employer, Boeing, from the Seattle area to Huntsville, Alabama. It briefly made a comeback in the late 1960s under Vera Heminger, but it wasn't the same.

Rich Brown, a frequent contributor to the letters column, looked back at Cry some decades later, and delivered this eulogy: "No other fanzine of the time had quite the same mixture of pros and BNFs and new fanzine fans as enthusiastic participants; people didn't just 'like' Cry, they were genuinely fond of it."


Issue Date Pages Notes
127 May 1959 46
128 June 1959 42
129 July 1959 38
130 August 1959 46
131 September 1959 34
132 October 1959 38
133 November 1959 34
134 December 1959 54
135 January 1960 104
136 February 1960 46
137 March 1960 66
138 April 1960 52
139 May 1960 48
140 June 1960 50
141 July 1960 54
142 August 1960 44
143 September 1960 44
144 November 1960 42
145 December 1960 62
146 January 1961 46
147 February 1961 34
148 March 1961 44
149 April 1961 44
150 May 1961 38
151 June 1961 32
152 August 1961 38
153 October 1961 38
154 November 1961 32
159 April 1962 36
160 May 1962 32

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