File 770 Poll Results 1978

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These are the results of a poll taken by Mike Glyer and reported on in File 770 #10 p28.

There were 62 eligible ballots of which 43 voted in one of the fanzine categories. Points were awarded by giving 5 for first place votes, 4 for 2nd places votes, etc.

Best Fanzine

Points Title Editor
60 File 770 Mike Glyer
44 Scientifriction Mike Glyer
26 Mythologies Don D'Ammassa
25 Janus Janice Bogstad and Jeanne Gomoll
25 Rune Lee Pelton & Carol Kennedy
25 Maya Rob Jackson
21 Diagonal Relationship Arthur Hlavaty
17 Simulacrum Victoria Vayne
16 Yandro Buck & Juanita Coulson
13 Mota Terry Hughes
12 Science Fiction Review Dick Geis
11 Karass Linda Bushyager
11 Kratophany Eli Cohen
11 Twll Ddu Dave Langford
9 Noumenon Brian Thurgood
9 Darkover Newsletter Marion Zimmer Bradley
8 Future Retrospective Cliff Biggers & Susan Biggers
8 Wild Fennel Pauline Palmer
7 Four-Star Extra Arnie Katz, Joyce Katz, B. Kunkel, C. Kunkel
6 or fewer Fifty-one other fanzines

Best Fan Artist

Points Fan Artist
46 Alexis Gilliland
33 Grant Canfield
31 Taral
30 Jim Barner
24 Derek Carter
23 Bill Rotsler
19 Marc Schirmeister
15 Anji Valenza
14 Harry Bell
13 Linda Miller
11 Stu Schiffman
11 Steve Stiles
9 Jim Schull
9 Dan Steffan
9 Jeanne Gomoll
7 Wade Gilbreath
7 Walske
6 or fewer Twenty-six other fans

Best Essayist

Points Fan
43 Don D'Ammassa
30 Arthur Hlavaty
15 Avedon Carol
9 Eric Mayer
9 Don C. Thompson
9 Victoria Vayne
9 Harry Warner Jr.
9 Mike Glyer
9 Susan Wood
7 Dave Locke
7 Dennis Jarog
7 Richard Harter
7 Gil Gaier
5 or fewer Forty other fans

Best Humorist

Points Fan
43 Bob Shaw
16 Dave Langford
15 Dave Locke
14 Bob Tucker
14 Mike Glyer
13 Alexis Gilliland
10 Mike Glicksohn
9 Terry Hughes
8 Arnie Katz
8 Tom Perry
7 Buck Coulson
30 Arthur Hlavaty
6 or fewer Thirty-two other fans

General Questions

How many cons did you attend in 1978?
0 9%
1-5 62%
>5 28%
How many APAs do you belong to?
0 29%
1-3 60%
> 3 11%
Did you vote for awards this year?
Hugos 60%
FAAns 22%
Do you belong to an SF club?
Yes 66%
No 34%
How much did you spend in 1978 on SF, including new and used books and magazines?
The average was $280 with a range from $0 to $2000
Do you receive free review copies from one or more publishers?
Yes 24%
No 76%

More Questions

(1) "Currently, a committee is attempting to redraft the WSFS Uninc. Constitution so that it may incorporate with a directorial board who would have the authority to revoke a bungling committee's Worldcon franchise and right to award Hugos. Do you have an opinion on this matter?"

In favor 21
Opposed 19
It's complicated 2
No opinion
Blank 8

(It's interesting to note that the segment of fandom polled is split evenly between, support, opposition and no opinion. Since that group was mainly well-known fans involved in con-running, and since proposals usually lose support when their details become known, it shouldn't be surprising that the second attempt to create WSFS, Inc. failed.)

(2) Which of these factors do you think is important in determining who should be Worldcon Guest of Honor?

Reason 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Quality of Work 49 3 0 0 0 0
Length of Career 1 29 7 1 3 0
Age (pick them while they're still here) 1 4 19 7 1 0
Fannishness 0 5 7 11 0 2
Affirmative action 0 2 0 1 4 3
Other 1 2 4 6 4 0

Reasons listed as "Other":

  • Ability to interact with attendees, fans: 6
  • Ability speak in public: 2
  • Contributions in fields other than sf: 2
  • (plus a half-dozen others with one vote each)

"Affirmative action" received multiple negative comments.


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