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Tightbeam (originally called Hyperspace Tightbeam) is the letterzine/genzine of the N3F. The name was chosen to describe the reason for the zine's original reason for being - that of serving as a medium for inter-member communication.

According to N3F records, in 1949, Art Rapp, the editor of Spacewarp, decided to put out a letterzine for the N3F, because the TNFF was limited only to being a clubzine. He called the new zine Postwarp. This was available by subscription, at 10 cents a copy (the usual price in those days), which paid for itself.

It contained letters of comment on all subjects, but mainly discussed the N3F. By not being official, writers felt free to criticize the N3F (this continues to this day, even when edited by the President). When Art left, others took up Postwarp, with varying success, continuing until 1960, when Alan J. Lewis (not to be confused with Albert J. Lewis) became editor and had problems so thatPostwarp did not appear regularly or on time.

By then, the zine was financed by the N3F, and the officers, understandably, wanted it to appear before they paid for it. Lewis, on the other hand, could not promise anything and claimed he needed the money in advance. This impasse went on for some time, and caused various new rules to be made, to no avail, so they decided to go around the delinquent editor by doing another letterzine, letting him delay Postwarp as long as he pleased. So, in a sense, Postwarp and Tightbeam were not related.

Walter Coslet volunteered to do the first issue, and named it Hyperspace Tightbeam. The N3F records apparently claim that Art Hayes edited the second issue, but that issue credits Robert N. Lambeck as the editor, and the editorial was written by him. That issue does contain a letter by Hayes, but with no indication of any connection with Tightbeam (although he does say that he's considering editing a future "Postwarp".) Marion Zimmer Bradley edited the third issue, and renamed it Tightbeam. So the first few editors rotated, setting a precedent, though sometimes it was more efficient to have a semi-permanent editor, who could control the contents of the issue to fit the pages allowed.

List of Editors
Year Editor(s)
1960 Walter Coslet, Robert Lambeck, Marion Zimmer Bradley
1961 Art Hayes
1962 Don Anderson
1963 Dave Hulan, Lee Riddle, G.M. Carr, Gary Labowitz
1964 Stan Woolston, Norman C. Metcalf (Lee Riddle, stand-by editor)
1965 Norm Metcalf, Duncan MacFarland, Art Hayes, G.M. Carr, Cindy Heap
1966 Stan Woolston, Bill Bruce, Jim Schumacher, Greg Shaw, Bill Mallardi
1967 Fred Hypes, John Jusske
1968 - 1970 Gary Labowitz
1971 Frank Denton, Chuck Ruthford
1972 - 1973 Joe Siclari
1974 - 1975 Beth Slick
1976 Lynne Holdom, Joanne Burger served as a temporary editor
1977 John Robinson (publisher/also editor for some issues in the late 70s?)
1978 - 1981 Lynne Holdom
1984 - 1985 Owen K Laurion
1986 Owen K Laurion, Sally Syrjala
1987 Sally Syrjala, Lynne Holdom
1988 Lynne Holdom
1989 Lynne Holdom, Ingrid Maack
1990 - 1991 Catherine Mintz, Diane Miller
1992 Catherine Mintz
1993 Catherine Mintz, Diane Miller
1994 - 1996 Diane Miller, Janine Stinson
1997 - 2002 Janine Stinson
2003 Janine Stinson, Ruth R Davidson
2004 Bob Sabella, Ruth R Davidson
2005 Bob Sabella, Jeffrey Redmond, Chris Garcia, Ruth R Davidson
2006 Ruth R Davidson, Jeffrey Redmond, Chris Garcia, Janine Stinson
2007 Janine Stinson, Jeffrey Redmond, Ruth R. Davidson
2008 Ruth R. Davidson, Heath Row
2009 - 2011 Heath Row
2012 - 2016 David Speakman
2016 - 2018 Bob Jennings
2018 - George Phillies, Jon D. Swartz

Tightbeam was merged into The National Fantasy Fan as a letter column, and later as an included section from 2001 - 2012.

http://n3f.org/zines/tightbeam (IA) Issues from June 2012

Some details on individual issues (this section is under development). Page counts include covers, except when the back cover is blank. In general, issues have been released every other month, and you can probably safely interpolate dates of issues from that, but we list only those dates we have been able to confirm
Issue Date Pages Editor Notes
1 May 1960 16 Walter Coslet Titled "Hyperspace Tightbeam". Cover by Ray Nelson
2 July 1960 26 Robert Lambeck Titled "Hyperspace Tightbeam".
3 Sept. 1960 24 Marion Zimmer Bradley Becomes "Tightbeam".
4 Oct. 1960 31 Art Hayes This issue was published a month early, and longer than usual, because of extended discussion over the expulsion of a member of N3F.
5 Jan. 1961 14 Bruce Henstell The issue is undated, but was scheduled for January and says it "should get to you in early January". Cover by Jack Harness.
6 March 1961 Stan Woolston The issue was scheduled for 3/1961, and had a submission deadline in March.
7 May 1961 18 Al Lewis The issue is undated, but was scheduled for 5/1961. The cover appears to have been drawn by Joni Cornell and stencilled by Bjo Trimble.
8 July 1961 28 Ed Meskys The issue was scheduled for 7/1961, with a submission deadline of 6/19/61.
9 Sept. 1961 22 Ed Bryant Probable date; none listed.
10 Nov. 1961 28 Art Hayes No date officially listed, but this is the schedule, and says it includes letters received by Nov. 3rd.
11 Jan. 1962 Albert Lewis Probable date.
16 Nov. 1962 28 Art Hayes Date known; consistent with the intended bi-monthly schedule with respect to earlier issues.
18 March 1963
19 1963 Dave Hulan
20 July 1963 20
38 July 1966 24 Bill Bruce Cover by Rick Norwood
44 July 1967 Jack C. Haldeman
46 November 1967 Don Miller
47 January 1968 Don Miller
48 Gary Labowitz
49 Gary Labowitz
50 Gary Labowitz
51 Gary Labowitz
52 Gary Labowitz
53 Gary Labowitz
54 Gary Labowitz
55 Gary Labowitz
56 May 1969 Gary Labowitz
57 Gary Labowitz
58 Gary Labowitz
59 Gary Labowitz
60 Gary Labowitz
131 April 1984 Owen Laurion
143 Sally Syrjala
144 July 1986 Sally Syrjala
145 September 1986 Sally Syrjala
146 Sally Syrjala

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