FILTHY VILE HUCKSTERING

comes to you from Irwin Hirsh, and is published for the benefit of John Bangsund and his fans. Irwin's contact details can be found at the end of this missive. This page was last updated on 17 Auhust 2016.


Any student of the history of Australian Science Fiction Fandom would be hard pressed not to include John Bangsund on a list of the most influential and important individuals to have graced our microcosm. His 1960s fanzine Australian Science Fiction Review is the most influential Australian fanzine there has been. It was through John's efforts in being able to get ASFR into Australian bookshops that many sf fans were introduced into fandom. Clubs in Sydney, Brisbane and so on were formed out of people reading John's fanzine. I'm told at that the time the quality of sf criticism, world-wide, was rather low, and that it was ASFR which raised the standard and in so doing focused a lot of creative energy on Australia. The idea that little ol' Australia could, like maybe, wouldn't it be grand?, host a Worldcon began with a frivolous remark of John's, but was picked up by Andy Porter, ASFR's American agent, who promoted it widely.

As a writer Bangsund is one of fandom's best. Mike Glicksohn reckons John is one of the top five fanwriters of all time. Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Peter Roberts, John D. Berry and Susan Wood are among the people who hold his writing in high regard. And I'm not sure that I've read a fanzine article that is necessarily better than John's "John W. Campbell and the Meat Market".

His fanzines, his writing, are a joy to behold. If there is a problem with the way he published fanzines it is that John developed an inability to assemble a mailing list. But he knew how to maintain his membership of a number of APAs. Bruce Gillespie has noted that some people held on to their ANZAPA membership solely because they knew no other way to get Bangsund's fanzines. People like John D. Berry, Art Widner and Jerry Kaufman visited John, and in response to a casual remark about picking up some back- copies found themselves at the entrance to the Bangsund garage. There they were pointed in the direction of stacks of boxes and told to help themselves, but to look out for spiders. John has a healthy respect for spiders that live in garages, especially the redback, Australia's equally venomous cousin of the black widow spider. So fans have risked death in order to acquire Bangsund fanzines. At their best Bangsund's fanzines are that good.

Now you don't have to risk death (or minac and dues) to acquire Bangsund's fanzines, because we here at Fannish Economic Pragmatists have taken that experience of a visit to Bangsund's place, repackaged it, and are making it available for nothing more than some of your money.

Back in 1979 John was so impressed with a bibliography of Leigh Edmonds that he decided to undertake a bibliography of his own fanzines. Noting that there had been only one issue of ANNUAL SAVE-BANGSUND- FROM-BANKRUPTCY SALE John remarked "Only one? Must've changed title."

So, and at the risk of being insensitive (in the past few years John has actually gone through a bankruptcy), this can be considered as the second issue of ANNUAL SAVE-BANGSUND-FROM-BANKRUPTCY SALE.

John's going through another rough patch. He isn't getting much work, is on unemployment benefits, and is short of a quid. To get through he is selling some of his possessions, including his fanzines. And I'm his agent to this cause.

Once upon a time there was 12 metres of fanzines sitting in John's garage. Late last year I gave my car's suspension a good test my transporting all that mimeographed paper from Geelong up to Melbourne. "Don't read them all at once," John told me as I started my journey home. 30% of the fanzines are copies of those John published but never sent out, and they are what this 'offer document' is about. In this batch there are no ASFRs but there is a solid chunk of everything else John has published.

To my mind what is happening here is an important sale, an important issueing of some great fanzines. And while I'm saddened for John's need, I can't help but feel something for the time at which this is all happening. Bruce Gillespie is one of those people who began a path into fandom by buying copies of those bookshop-placed copies of ASFR. George Turner was a lifelong sf reader and a published author when he met John, and he quickly became an important contributor to ASFR. A decade later when George published his first sf novel he dedicated it to John Bangsund. Bruce and George are two of the three Guests of Honour at the 1999 Worldcon. Over that September weekend I'm sure they'll each be singling out Bangsund for a note of thanks; Bruce in person, George from that great Worldcon in the Sky.

Buy and read some of what is listed below and I'm sure you'll see why.

[written: 1998, updated: 1999]


THE FANZINES Listed below are all the fanzines for sale. I've resisted the temptation to describe each in depth, merely listing article writers and if there is a letter-column. Do I have to mention that John's writing appears in every issue? Would a listing of article titles actually tell you anything concrete about what's in any particular fanzine?

Apart from one item each fanzine will cost A$3/US$2/£1.20 (with postage being extra, see below). You'll observe that some fanzines are noted by an asterisk. That's because for every six fanzines you order you can get one of the asterisked items for free - A Fannish Half-Dozen!

The one item that costs more than the A$3/US$2/£1.20 is MORE JUNK FOR FAPA, which is A$9/US$6/£3.60. This fanzine is a combination of three separate fanzines, with more besides.

As already noted postage is extra, though we're asking you to pay only for the postage of the first kilogram of any order. I figure that if your order weighs in above that you deserve a break. Please drop me a line about what itms you would like and I'll get back to you with the additional postal charge. the rates.

Australian $ cheques should be made payable to 'Irwin Hirsh'. If you are outside Australia, and don't have easy access to Aussie dollars don't fret. Write to me and we'll work something out.

You'll find my address at the end of this document.

These fanzines are available on a first-come, first-served basis. With some of these fanzines there are many copies (probably enough to 'meet demand') but with others there are only 3 or 4 copies. Unless you are ordering all items please list some alternatives, just in case something you want has run out. I'll accept orders by email, but the fanzines will not be sent until your money has been received.


WHAT'S AVAILABLE:

SCYTHROP (formerly Australian Science Fiction Review)

PHILOSOPHICAL GAS

PARERGON PAPERS

LODBROG

REVOLTING TALES OF SEX AND SUPER-SCIENCE

THE NEW MILLENNIAL HARBINGER

STUNNED MULLET

THE WREKIN HEAVES

HANRAHAN

FIBONACCI & MEHITABEL

A75 BULLETIN

(edited by Leigh Edmonds and published by John Bangsund, for the Australian in '75 Worldcon bid.)

THE WEDDING

21ST JULY 1973 AT 46A WENTWORTH AVENUE, KINGSTON ACT 2604, AUSTRALIA

FIRST DRAFT

DROOPING IN AT THE HORVATS

A MOVING STORY

MORE JUNK FOR FAPA

Notes on George Turner's 'Beloved Son'


CONTACT DETAILS:

Irwin Hirsh
'Private & Confidential'
PO Box 1415
DARLING VIC 3145
AUSTRALIA



Thanks go to Dave Langford, Robert Lichtman, Eric Lindsay, Marc Ortlieb, and Bill Bowers for their help with this sale.