Vintage Nudnikery

Recently, the topic of nudniks and their war on fun has come up again in the pulp circles. Daddy Warpig in particular had a pretty good rant on the subject the other day.

So, I thought it would be a great opportunity to share this letter from the Summer 1947 issue of Planet Stories. I touched on it here years ago, but it’s worth seeing in its entirety.

Vintage Nudnikery

Retro Fandom Friday (On a Monday): Fans Have Always Fought

[originally posted here at Castalia House]

Again it’s time to look at the letters to the editor sections of SF mags from the days of yore in search of juicy tidbits and glimpses of what was relevant and interesting to fans at the time.  I’ll give you a hint: it starts with D and rhymes with ‘aims’.

While some fans have complained about the pulps resorting to cheap tricks like scantily clad ladies, there are plenty who will rise to their defense.

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Retro Fandom Friday (On A Monday!)

[originally posted here at Castalia House]

Science fiction fans are a cantankerous lot, and it seems perhaps they always have been.  Or maybe Peacock & Payne simply enjoyed publishing some of the grousier letters they received.  But one thing is certain: even the perplexed and frustrated who’d write in to complain just how far science fiction had gone downhill by the mid-40s still loved their Planet Stories enough to plop down 2 bits for the current issue, drag out their typewriter to fill up a page or two, mail it off in hopes of being published in the Vizigraph (Planet Stories’ letters section) and possibly win a coveted piece of interior art-work by being voted best fan-writer of the issue.

The Fall 1945 Vizigraph opens with a reminder from the editor to buy war bonds (“A bond is a bazooka; help blow the hell out those Nazis and Nips.”) before the delightful parade of those coming to either praise or bury the previous issue.  Summer 1945 is next on my list, so I can’t wait to find out just how much I agree or disagree with the various commenters.

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