Niekas

A fanzine published from 19621998 by Ed Meskys. It won the 1967 Best Fanzine Hugo and was nominated for the Best Fanzine Hugo in 1966, 1967, and 1989. Felice Rolfe was co-editor for some of the early issues. The name come from the Lithuanian (Meskys is of Lithuanian extraction) for "nothing" or "nobody".

Meskys wrote, "I started a separate mailing-comments zine for [N'APA], and changed its name to Niekas and started the numbering over again with the June 1962 issue… Since there was no Tolkien fanzine being published I decided to devote Niekas to Tolkien and try to run at least one Tolkien related piece in each issue."

Contributors included Piers Anthony, ATom, John Boardman, Vaughn Bode, Anthony Boucher, Marion Zimmer Bradley ("Bloodthirsty for Power: Vampirism in Hambly’s Those Who Hunt the Night"), Charles N. Brown, Don D'Ammassa, Philip K. Dick ("Naziism and the High Castle"), an ongoing "Glossary of Middle Earth" by Robert Foster, who later published Tolkien's World From A to Z: The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, Clyde Kilby, Jack Gaughan, Jack Harness, Ben Indick, S. T. Joshi, Tim Kirk, Fred Lerner, Dave Locke, Sam Moskowitz, Andrew J. Offutt, Diana Paxson, Bruce Pelz, Darrell Schweitzer, Bjo Trimble, and Roger Zelazny ("Song of the Ring" [a poem]).

Niekas also published a number of special issues including A Silverlock Companion and…

When Niekas won the 1967 Best Fanzine Hugo, following the custom of the time NYCon 3 awarded only a single Hugo trophy which wound up with co-editor Felice Rolfe. In 1998, the Ditto 11 organizers got a spare Hugo rocket from Bruce Pelz and created a replica Hugo base and presented Ed Meskys with his own long-overdue Hugo trophy.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 June 1962 At this point it is Ed Meskys' mailing comments apazine for N'APA. In N'APA 13
2 1962
3 December 1962 12 In N'APA 15
4 March 1963 32
5 June 1963 26
6 September 1963 By this issue it had become a real genzine. in N'APA 18
7 December 1963 48
8 March 1964 33 in N'APA 20
9 September 1964 80 in N'APA 22
10 December 1964 54 in N'APA 23
11 March 1965 82 in N'APA 24
12 June 1965 84 in N'APA 25
13 September 1965 46+
14 December 1965 76 in N'APA 27
15 March 1966 68 Editor is now Felice Rolfe, though Ed Meskys is still involved.
16 June 1966 100
17 November 1966 90
18 Late Spring 1967 68 Includes Tolkien interview
19 December 1968 Editor is now Ed Meskys with Charlie Brown, Marsha Brown, and Elliot Shorter as co-editors. Green Dragon #3 was bound in
20 Fall 1968 110
21 1977 Editors are now Ed Meskys, Sherwood Frazier, Margaret Shepard, and Rafe Folch-Pi
22 1980 60 Contributors from Jack Gaughan, Isaac Asimov, and John Brunner (short letter); Editors are now Ed Meskys, Sherwood Frazier, Mike Bastraw, and Rafe Folch-Pi
23 August 1980 62
August 1980 A Niekas Sampler
24 November 1980
25 February 1981
26 May 1981 64
27 August 1981
28 November 1981
29 February 1981
30 May 1982 84
31 September 1983 80
32 February 1984 106
33 1985 68
34 1986 58
35 1987 60
36 1988 64
37 August 1988 64
38 1989 76
39 1989 56
40 August 1989 56
41a 1990 46 In a half-width format
41b 1990 64 In a half-width format
42 1990 76
43a 1991 104 In a half-width format
43b Never published
43c 1991 1 A supplement inserted into #43a
44 March 1994 92
45 1998 128 Special Dark Fantasy issue
46 February 1901 68
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One issue can be found at http://efanzines.com/Niekas

Tables of contents and covers of many issues can be found at http://fanlore.org/wiki/Niekas