THE SKYRACK NEWSLETTER
This is SKYRACK 77, dated 12th April 1965 and published by Ron Bennett, 52 Fairways Drive, Forest Lane, Harrogate, Yorkshire, England. 2/6 or 35cents for 6 issues. Airmail 6 issues for 70cents. U.S. representative is Robert Coulson, Route 3, Wabash,. Indiana 46992.
THE BSFA CONVENTION will be held over the forthcoming weekend at the Midland Hotel, New Street, Birmingham, a weekend which looks to be a feast for Sf film fans. The Conquest of Space, Forbidden Planet and When Worlds Collide are three feature films which will be shown. Harry “Deathworld” Harrison will be the Guest of Honour and other feature speakers will include George Scithers and Geoff Doherty. The Con Committee is organising a special fanzine display room, details from Mike Higgs, 138 Barrows Rd., Sparkhill, Birmingham 11. Ted Tubb, Brian Aldiss, Terry Pratchett and James White are expected to attend the conclave. At the time of writing it is believed that the convention is some 15 members short of the required number for the full 30% discount promised on hotel rates should bookings exceed seventy-five. Let us hope that the Birmingham New Wave enthusiasm is not to be marred by the advent of the August World Convention. Several convention regulars will not be at Brum, amongst them most of the Liverpool Group, Eric Bentcliffe and several London fans.
1964 POLL RESULTS
In the 1964 Skyrack poll, the sixth annual assessment of the merits of British sf fandom ended with the following thirty fans having returned ballot forms: Ron Bennett, Sid Birchby, Carl Brandon Jr., Bill Burns, Ken Cheslin, Keith Freeman, Jim Grant, Graham Hall, Alma Hill, Bill Hillan, Dick Howett, Terry Jeeves, Ivor Latto, Ethel Lindsay, Jim Linwood, Archie Mercer, Michael Moorcock, Harry Nadler, Doreen Parker, Chuck Partington, Charles. Platt, Chris Priest, Peter Singleton, Rick Sneary, Des Squire, Brian Varley, Frances Varley, Tony Walsh, Walt Willis and Charles Winstone. The results of the voting, which covered the entire British fan field for the period January to December 1964, were:
THE BEST BRITISH FAN PUBLICATION OF 1964
It is naturally appreciated that any fanzine which runs a poll is going to have returns weighted in its favour. Accordingly, the above listing must be taken as a moral victory for Pete Weston’s Zenith with its excellent all-round, coverage of the sf scene. Out of last year’s top ten go Colin Freeman’s Scribble, John Berry’s Pot Pourri, Tony Glynn’s Squeak and Lang Jones’ Tensor.
Runners-up this year are: 11. QUOTE CARDS ANYONE?(Lang Jones 38 pts), 12. THE SCARR (George Charters 33 pts), 13. LINK (Beryl Henley 31 pts), l4. SQEAK (Tony Glynn 30 pts), 15. A CHILD’S GARDEN OF OLAF (Ken Cheslin and Mike Higgs 28 pts), 16. THE SHUDDER FANZINE (Mike Higgs 25.pts), 17. NEXUS (Pete Weston 23 pts), 18. HAVERINGS (Ethel Lindsay 22 pts), 19. GARBISTAN (Charles Platt 20 pts) and joint 20’s CON (Chris Priest) and EAST FANGLIAN TIMES (George Locke) 19 points each.
THE BEST INDIVIDUAL FANZINE FEATURE OF 1964.
THE BEST COLUMN OF 1964
THE BEST FAN ARTIST OF 1964
THE YEAR’S BEST FANZINE REPORT
THE BEST PROFESSIONAL MAGAZINE OF 1964
THE YEAR’S BEST PROFESSIONAL FEATURE
THE BEST PROFESSIONAL WRITER OF 1964
THE BEST F.ANZINE COVER OF 1964
LEADING FAN PERSONALITY OF 1964
THE BEST BRITISH FAN WRITER OF 1964
Out of last year’s top ten placings go Colin Freeman, Fred Hunter, George Locke and. Phil Harbottle.
That’s it until next year. Many thanks indeed to all who voted. ---rmb
CHANGES OF ADDRESS:
WILLIAM F TEMPLE is due to go into hospital shortly for a hernia operation. Meanwhile, south of the river, recent TAFF Administratrix and OMPA editor, Ethel Lindsay, is in hospital for treatment of an ulcer. Let’s trust that both are back in circulation very soon.
ON SUNDAY 28th FEBRUARY the Liverpool Group, from behind a barricade of empty wine casks, turned up in force to defend the Shorrock homestead against an onslaught of tape recorders, film projectors and sound effects records, borne by Delta members Dave Trengove. Chuck Partington, Tom Holt and Harry Nadler. Target for the invasion, after a welcome and delicious meal, was the Shorrock den for a very hectic recording session in an attempt to add the sound track to one of the Delta Worldcon films, The Castle of Terrors. Ina, Norman and sundry Shorrocks were backed up by Eddie Jones, Stan and Marge Nuttall, John Roles, John Ramsey Campbell and Norman Weedall who supplied werewolf calls, screams, groans, bangs, crashes, thwacks (!) and everything that couldn’t be found on record. There is, however, definitely a market for chirping crickets! The following weekend saw the Delta gang arrive at the LiG Clubroom to show the film. In addition there was also shown the very early silent fantasy, Nosferatu. During the evening Messrs. Nadler, Partington and Holt were tied by the ears, draped in white robes and sentenced to ordeal by Russian drinking mug for showing Castle. Plans were later made for a third visit to re-record the sound track - correctly this time. -- (HN).
RADIO MOGUL and New York-London biannual commuter Dave Kyle is in London and is a possible Brumcon Easter weekender. Dave, and his wife Ruth, the matzoball kid, will be at the London WorldCon, not only to have convention fun, but also to interest British attendees to vote for Syracuse as the site for the 1966 WorldCon. Syracuse puts up a good case but so does Ben Jason of Cleveland. Initially it appears to be a difficult decision and possibly fliers will shortly appear on the matter from either centre. Or both.
ZIFF-DAVIS, publishers for many a year of Amazing and Fantastic, have sold both titles to Sol Cohen, until recently the publisher of Galaxy. Mr. Cohen has left Galaxy.to form a new company. It is not yet known how the change will affect the policy of any of the three magazines concerned.