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Media Fanzine Collection

  • TxAM-CRS C000150
  • Collection
  • 1961 - 2022

The Media Fanzine Collection is comprised of numerous pre-Internet fan-produced publications that document their involvement in a particular fandom. Fandoms are based around media productions such as movies (i.e. the Star Wars film series) or television shows (i.e. Star Trek in its various iterations). Although traditionally most media fandoms involve productions from the science fiction and fantasy genres, there are numerous exceptions.

The majority of the contents in this collection consists of fan fiction. Fan fiction is the name given to literary or artistic productions created by fans about the characters, settings and events of the media universe in which they are interested. A substantial portion of the fanworks in the Media Fanzine Collection is identified as "slash”. "Slash" refers to fanworks that feature same-sex relationships and are sometimes (though not always) sexually explicit. In slash, sexual identity, sexuality and/or romance are often the centers of the story, rather than the conventional adventures featured in more traditional fanworks.

A small portion of the collection consists of "het" material. "Het", like slash, refers to fanworks featuring sexual or romantic content, but with opposite-sex relationships.

Slash and het items are identified as such on the item folder. If an item is not identified as slash or het, it is to be assumed that the item is “gen” (containing no sexual or romantic content. Both slash and het items have been specifically identified because of their importance as highly visible fan fiction subcultures. (s) indicates slash material. (h) indicates het material.

Fanzines are organized alphabetically by fandom name, and thereunder by title. The term “Multimedia” refers to anthologies of material from different fandoms. The term “Crossover” refers to stories in which characters from one or more media universes interact with those from another. (For example, a story in which Mal Reynolds' ship Serenity passed through a wormhole and encountered Captain James T. Kirk's U.S.S. Enterprise would be a Firefly/Star Trek crossover.)

The October 2016 Addendum includes several "friend books", tiny zines used by pre-teens and teens in the 1970s and 1980s as a way of finding other like-minded fans in the pre-Internet era. Some "friend books" were sized small enough to fit into an international envelope (2-3 inches), and consisted of no more than a few pages. The covers were pages cut from magazines or advertisement and were stapled or taped into a booklet shape. Many were multi-fandom, but some focused on single fandoms like Star Wars. Fans would write their name and address, and list their interests. The book would then passed along to the next fan. When the booklet was filled it was to be mailed back to the original fan. Often times questions were asked (ex: Who is your favorite Star Wars character?)

There are several additional items, including materials from genre conventions, ads and flyers, professional publications that relate to various fandoms, and various items of printed realia. The Christina Pilz February 2024 Addendum contains a number of fanzine advertisements and documentation devoted to fanzine and fanfic productions.

Sub-Series 1 of the Georgia Barnes Addendum contains maps of the Star Trek universe, and has therefore been filed with other items in the Maps Of Imaginary Places Collection.

Audio-Visual Materials

The collection also contains non-print materials. There are a significant number of fanvids in the collection (and the fandoms for those vids are noted in the finding aid). There are also several DVDs that contain recordings of fanfiction podcasts, from a number of different fandoms.

On Star Trek

Since 1966 there have been 5 non-animated television iterations of the television franchise Star Trek. Each one has its own dedicated fandom (although certainly many Trekkers are fans of multiple series), and each one has a generally accepted denotation. Those denotations are used in this collection, as follows:

Star Trek [TOS] refers to the original series(1966-1969).

Star Trek [TNG] refers to Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994).

Star Trek [DS9] refers to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999).

Star Trek [VGR] refers to Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001).

Star Trek [ENT] refers to Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005).

On The Professionals Circuit Archive:

There are several boxes of fanfiction from The Professionals Circuit Archive. The Circuit Archive is a singular form of fannish creative association, that for The Professionals fans actually predates the creation of more typical zines. In a standard fanzine distribution, a fan or group of fans will write, edit and publish a fanzine, and the publication will be printed and made available for sale. With The Professionals fandom, things began much more informally. Fans would place their stories 'on the circuit'. That is, they would write their stories and then produce photocopies; the copies would then be circulated among one another via standard mail. In time, certain fans began collecting copies together into 'circuit libraries'. Interested fans could become members of these informal lending libraries, and would receive titles on request, which they could read and /or photocopy and then return to the library. Although, in time, The Professionals fans began producing zines in the same ways that other fans did, much of the fanfiction remained (and remains) on the circuit.

By the late 1980s, two large circuit libraries were in place: one in Great Britain, and another in the United States. They enjoyed considerable overlap in their contents, but because of geographical distance and the informality of circuit distribution did not duplicate each other. In the early 1990s, as zines started entering the electronic era, fans began working to convert the vast number of paper stories into an electronic format that would encourage and increase access (as well as help preserve the much-used paper originals). In 1996, the Circuit Archive went online and continues to periodically increase its contents with new stories. The Circuit Archive, sprung from humble beginnings, now holds more than 1000 individual stories, which form the backbone of The Professionals creative fandom.

To quote Morgan Dawn, "the circuit library in the Professionals fandom is a unique tradition of women writing and sharing fan fiction (often anonymously) without going through the editorial and fanzine publication process. In many ways, it is the precursor to the fan fiction on the Internet where people would read a story, photo-copy it and send it on to someone else, and then write a response story, copy that and mail it on in an endless flow...and because The Professionals was a UK show, you have the unique situation where this communication was crossing both cultural and geographic barriers." Stories in these folders include both gen and slash.

Dawn, Morgan

Marie Brennan Collection

  • TxAM-CRS C000178
  • Collection
  • 1998-2020

This collection contains manuscripts from the works of fantasy writer Marie Brennan. Included are the original manuscripts and the page proofs for the four books of Brennan's _Onyx Court_series. The _Onyx Court_novels are comprised of a series of semi-standalone historical fantasy novels set in London at different points in English history. Also included are proofs for several volumes in Brennan's more recent Victorian pastiche fantasy series The Memoirs of Lady Trent.

Also included in the collection are copies of literary magazines that contain short stories by Brennan.

Brennan, Marie

D. L. Young Collection

  • US TxAM-C C000319
  • Collection
  • 2015-2017

This collection contains materials from science fiction D.L. (David) Young, relating to the creation and publication of his novel _Soledad,_a post-apocalyptic tale that is the first volume in Young's _Dark Republic_series.

Materials include notes, proofs, media material, final electronic versions of the novel, and production documentation. The materials in this collection are entirely digital, existing in several different software formats.

Kristen Britain Collection

  • C000196
  • Collection
  • 1970-2023

This collection contains materials from and about fantasy writer Britain, who is most well-known for her epic Green Rider fantasy novel cycle. Materials in the collection include manuscripts for several of the novels in the series; examples of Britain's other writings (including several information brochures she wrote for the National Park Service); correspondence to and from Britain, including items from authors Nevada Barr and Anne McCaffrey; a reference file containing copies of magazines with articles or other references relating to Britain; and assorted other materials.

Britain, Kristen

Cepheid Variable - AggieCon Collection

  • TxAM-CRS C000219
  • Collection
  • 1969-2024

The collection consists of the program books, documents, correspondence, and miscellaneous items collected by the Cepheid Variable Science Fiction Club from its inception in 1969 through 2005. The collection was assembled from deposits of the club, gifts from Bill Page, and other occasional donors.

Cepheid Variable

Texas A&M Science Fiction and Fantasy Creative Writing Contest Collection

  • US TxAM-C C000132
  • Collection
  • 2017-2024

This collection contains short story entries made by Texas A&M students in the Annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Creative Writing Contest, co-sponsored since 2017 by the Department of English and Cushing Memorial Library & Archives.

Entries include Winners, Honorable Mentions, and all other entries.

Texas A & M University

Howard Waldrop Golden Gryphon Collection

  • TxAM-CRS C000585
  • Collection
  • 2002-2003

This collection contains materials relating to Golden Gryphon Press and its publication of Howard Waldrop's 2003 novelette "A Better World's In Birth!". Materials in the collection include Waldrop's hand-typed manuscript, editor Marty Halpern's edited draft of the story, a final typescript, a copy of the chapbook and a cover flat, and electronic copies of the final typescript.

The novelette tells the story of an alternate central Europe, in which a Communist revolution occurred in the middle of the 19th century, led by Karl Marx, Friederich Engels, and Richard Wagner. In 1876, rumors fly that the ghosts of these three revolutionary martyrs have begun appearing in the city of Dresden. The story examines how these specters may be tied into a larger political conspiracy.

Waldrop, Howard

Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem Collection

  • TxAM-CRS C000381
  • Collection
  • 1962 - 2022

This collection contains materials relating to the lives and literary careers of horror writers Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem. Materials in the collection include manuscripts of novels, short stories, and other works by the Tems, whether written as individuals or together as co-writers; associated literary materials; correspondence; and other materials. Also included are recorded podcast interviews of Steve Rasnic Tem and readings of works by the Tems.

Also included are several literary awards won by the Tems individually and jointly.

Tem, Steve Rasnic, 1950-

William Gibson Spook Country Manuscript Collection

  • US TxAM-C C000584
  • Collection
  • 2006-2007

This collection consists of two versions of the manuscript for William Gibson's 2007 novel Spook Country, a science fiction technothriller that is the second in his acclaimed "Blue Ant" trilogy. (It follows Gibson's 2003 novel Pattern Recognitions and precedes 2010's Zero History). The trilogy has been defined by Gibson himself as "speculative novels of last Wednesday", that is, novels set in the contemporary world but viewed through a science fictional perspective, showing readers the present through a futuristic lens.

The Blue Ant trilogy centers on the character of Hubertus Bigend, an advertising executive and tech magnate who serves as the series' amoral antihero. Though Bigend dominates the trilogy as whole, Spook Country focuses on the intertwining stories of three characters in particular: Hollis Henry, a journalist hired by Bigend to write a story on the phenomenon of 'locative art'; Chinese-Cuban Tito, a member of a family of criminals who gets bound up in American secret intelligence operations; and Milgrim, a drug addict being held in captivity by a mysterious covert operative named Brown. The novel, set in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, and explores the uses and misuses of locative technology, the eversion of cyberspace, and the changed political climate of the United States following the attacks. It was nominated for the 2008 Locus award for Best SF Novel, the 2009 Imaginaire Award, and the 2017 Prix Aurora for Best of the Decade.

Both versions are housed in clamshell boxes within the larger enclosure. The first box contains the autographed typescript of the novel, with heavy corrections and copyedits. The second box holds the autographed and corrected unbound proofs.

Gibson, William

Jessica Reisman Collection

  • TxAM-CRS C000583
  • Collection
  • 1984-2024, undated

This collection contains materials relating to the life and career of Texas-based science fiction and fantasy writer Jessica Reisman. Materials include typescript drafts for many of her published and unpublished stories, as well as drafts and notes from stories written before her professional career began. Other items in the collection include spec scripts and screenplays written by Reisman, academic writing from her undergraduate days, and assorted other materials.

Reisman, Jessica

Sam Moskowitz Collection

  • TxAM-CRS C000190
  • Collection
  • 1940-1993

The Sam Moskowitz collection consists of his research files, correspondence, manuscripts, many of his books, and working documents related to his study of the history of science fiction and fantasy.  Drafts of two unpublished books are included.

Moskowitz, Sam

Michael Moorcock Manuscripts

  • US TxAM-C C000215
  • Collection

This collection consists of manuscripts and related materials from noted science fiction and fantasy author Michael Moorcock.

Moorcock, Michael

Guy Lillian Southern Fandom Press Alliance Collection

  • TxAM-CRS C000009
  • Collection
  • 1961-2023

The Southern Fandom Press Alliance (SFPA) is a regional amateur press association (APA) generally based in the Southern United States, but with notable membership from other regions.  SFPA was formed in 1961, with Bill Jennings serving as the first Official Editor.  The first mailing was in September 1961, consisting of 76 pages of contributions.  The APA grew in both members and page count, with a record 100th mailing that contained over 1400 pages.  Guy Lillian served the APA as the Official Editor for a number of years. (C000009)

The collection also includes various mailings from the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) APA, which first began publication in 1976 and was still being published as of 2013.

Finally, there are some additional fanzines in the collection, published independently of SFPA or LASFS.

Lillian, Guy

Bill Crider Collection

  • TxAM-CRS C000212
  • Collection
  • 1987

The collection spans Bill Crider's entire career. A near-complete run of manuscripts traces his writing career, supplemented by a correspondence file, miscellaneous material, and books and magazines. A long run of "DAPA-EM," the organ of a mystery writer's amateur press association completes the collection.

Crider, Bill

Stina Leicht Collection

  • TxAM-CRS C000462
  • Collection
  • 1973-2022

This collection contains manuscripts and associated materials from John W. Campbell Award-nominated science fiction and fantasy author Stina Leicht. Also included are convention materials from various cons attended by Leicht, as well as correspondence, notebooks, and assorted other materials.

Leicht, Stina

Robert E. Howard Collection

  • C000224
  • Collection
  • 1920-1997

A collection of letters to and from Robert E. Howard, from circa 1920-1936, with miscellaneous Howard items, copies of magazines featuring Howard stories, and books containing Howard stories and novels. Also included are a number of items relating to films based on Howard's works.

Howard, Robert E.

Otto Binder Collection

  • TxAM-CRS C000204
  • Collection
  • 1929-1971

This collection consists of typescripts of several of Binder's novels with most including the author's corrections and accompanying carbons, and a number of short stories with most corrected including carbons and in some cases tearsheets from the magazines in which the stories initially appeared, corrected and with continuation sheets for expansion into full-length books.

In addition, there are close to 300 business and personal letters, photographs, postcards, and other files including broadcasting projects, non-fiction articles, letters and critiques from literary agents and publishers, materials on Space World, and several folders of unfinished manuscripts. Unusual "picture cards" featuring text and photographs on postcards are included.

Excluding duplicate carbons, letters, etc., there are approximately 2,300 pages (mostly 11 x 8.5-inches) of typescript with a total of about 575,000 words. Many of Binder's letters are on letters received or on the backs of manuscript or script fragments.

Binder, Otto O. (Otto Oscar), 1911-1975

Black Superheroes, Sidekicks, and Characters Comic Book Collection

  • US TxAM-C C000561
  • Collection

These comics were created in countries that were ruled by colonial powers in Africa, namely Italy, France, Belgium, and Spain. The comics are both individual copies and bound volumes with numerous copies. They date from around 1926 to 1973.

NecronomiCon Providence Collection

  • TxAM-CRS C000482
  • Collection
  • 2013-2015

This collection consists of various items from or relating to NecronomiCon Providence, a biennial convention and academic conference centered on the work of H.P. Lovecraft and on Weird Fiction more generally. It is always held in Providence, Rhode Island, Lovecraft's home, and generally held in late august, close to Lovecraft's birthday.

Collection of Science Fiction and Superhero Figures

  • TxAM-CRS C000549
  • Collection
  • 2004-2022

This collection consists of a number of action figures, statues, and Funko POP figures, almost all of whom depict Marvel or DC superheroes. There are several other items that depict other figures from pop culture.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia Collection

  • TxAM-CRS C000238
  • Collection
  • 2021-2022

This collection consists of manuscripts and literary materials from Mexican-Canadian fantasy and horror novelist, editor, and short-story writer Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Materials include versions and drafts (in paper and digital form) of her novels Signal to Noise (2015), Certain Dark Things (2016), and The Beautiful Ones (2017), among others.

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia

Walter Jon Williams Manuscript Collection

  • TxAM-CRS C000489
  • Collection
  • 1979 - 2018

This collection contains manuscripts and manuscript material from noted science fiction author and historical novelist (under the name Jon Williams) Walter Jon Williams. Included are drafts in various stages of evolution for a number of Williams' novels and stories.

The collection contains small amounts of other materials relating to Williams' life and career, including correspondence.

Williams, Walter Jon

Gigi Edgley Collection

  • US TxAM-C C000548
  • Collection
  • 1999

This collection consists of "Durka Returns", a script for Episode 15, Season 1 of the joint Australian-American television series Farscape (1999-2003). The episode, originally released in 1999, is notable for introducing the character Chiana, played by Gigi Edgley. It was written by Rockne S. O'Bannon and Grant McAloon.

The script was originally the property of Edgley's, and has been heavily marked up with her acting notes and edits. It is inscribed to Jeremy Brett, to whom it was given in early 2023.

Edgley, Gigi, 1977-

Walter Jon Williams Collection

  • US TxAM-C C000172
  • Collection
  • 1988

This collection consists of the 93 page manuscript for Williams' story "No Spot of Ground", later published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.

Williams, Walter Jon

Tom Godwin "You Created Us" Manuscript

  • US TxAM-C C000266
  • Collection
  • 1954

This collection consists of one typed manuscript (17 leaves) by Godwin, for his 1955 story "You Created Us".

Godwin, Tom, 1915-1980

Simon McCaffery Collection

  • US TxAM-C C000249
  • Collection
  • 1990

This collection consists of the typescript for McCaffery's 1990 short story "Night of the Living Dead Bingo Women".

McCaffery, Simon, 1963-

Scott A. Cupp Academic Paper

  • US TxAM-C C000260
  • Collection
  • 1975

This collection contains "The Fantasy of Love in the Works of Cordwainer Smith", an academic paper by Scott A. Cupp. 10 p., 1975.

Cupp, Scott

Robert P. Jasinski Collection

  • US TxAM-C C000251
  • Collection
  • 1988

This collection consists of the typed manuscript (11 leaves) for Jasinski's 1988 study Science Fiction in East Germany: 1949-1982. Included are pictures, text and a map from magazines pasted onto the leaves.

Jasinski, Richard

Sheila Jazmann Collection

  • US TxAM-C C000241
  • Collection
  • 1978

This collection consists of a copy of the proofs for the 1978 novel Elvis, Come Back!, written by Sheila Jazmann and published by Chameleon Books. The novel tells the story of an attempt by scientists to bring Elvis Presley back to life after his death in August 1977.

Robert Bloch Collection

  • US TxAM-C C000267
  • Collection
  • undated

This collection contains the manuscript of a Diary found in the St. Louis Zoo. Typed, 16 leaves, carbon copies, signed by the author.

Bloch, Robert, 1917-1994

Neal Barrett Jr. Slightly Off Center Manuscript

  • US TxAM-C C000268
  • Collection
  • 1992

This collection contains the manuscript Slightly Off Center by Neal Barrett, Jr. with an introduction by Joe R. Lansdale. Advance Proof Copy, perfect bound. Austin, TX: Swan Press, 1992. 155 p.

Barrett, Neal, Jr., 1929-2014

Murray Leinster "Honeymoon on Dlecka" Manuscript

  • US TxAM-C C000263
  • Collection
  • 1955

This collection consists of the typed manuscript (21 leaves) for Leinster's short story "Honeymoon on Dlecka", published in Fantastic Universe, July 1955.

Leinster, Murray, 1896-1975

Karl T. Pflock "AFC" Manuscript

  • US TxAM-C C000255
  • Collection
  • 1973

This collection consists of the manuscript with handwritten edits of the story "AFC", by Karl T. Pflock, published in Fantasticin September 1973, accompanied by a typewritten blurb.

Pflock, Karl, 1943-2006

Joseph F. Pumilia Manuscript

  • US TxAM-C C000183
  • Collection
  • undated

This collection consists of the manuscript for Pumilia's radio play "The Case of the Martian Minister" (typed, 11 leave), produced for the Houston Science Fiction Society.

Pumilia, Joseph F.

John Brunner The Tides of Time Collection

  • US TxAM-C C000388
  • Collection
  • 1984

This collection consists of the so-called 'foul matter' from John Brunner's 1984 novel The Tides of Time. Materials include a signed letter of authentication from Brunner, dated May 11, 1989; and the corrected proofs from the novel, signed on the first page by Brunner and containing copyedits made by the author.

_The Tides of Time_was published by Ballantine Books/Del Rey in 1984, and concerns the lives of two people trapped on a deserted island who awake each day having lived different lives in different times.

Brunner, John, 1934-1995

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