SF Commentary
edited by Bruce Gillespie

Steam Engine Time
edited by Bruce Gillespie & Janine Stinson

and archives of:

The Metaphysical Review

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Scratch Pad

Treasure

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Bruce Gillespie, from Melbourne, Australia, has been publishing fanzines since 1968. In January 1969, the first issue of SF Commentary appeared. It’s been lurching along, with occasional total seizures, ever since. It’s been nominated three times for the Hugo Award (1972, 1973 and 1975), and has won a number of Ditmar Awards (Australian SF Achievement Award). Below you can read .PDF versions of the most recent issues. Eventually he received what he considers the ultimate accolade, serving as Fan Guest of Honour for Aussiecon 3, the world convention held in Melbourne in 1999.

In 1984, Bruce began The Metaphysical Review as a fanzine filled with all the bits and pieces, apart from SF and fantasy, that SF fans tend to be interested in -- music, films, travels, other fans, general books and chatter. He hasn't yet found a way to convert recent issues to .PDF form yet. TMR is not dead, but still awaits resurrection (see below for archive issues).

Bruce has contributed to several apas, including Anzapa (Australia and New Zealand Amateur Publishing Association) since 1968, APA-45 during the early 1970s, FAPA (Fantasy Amateur Press Association) from 1984 to 1994, and Acnestis (the British apa for fans who still read a lot) since 1995. Scratch Pad is a new electronic-only fanzine that includes all the non-mailing comment sections of my apazines since 1991.

Steam Engine Time is an intercontinental fanzine begun by Bruce with British fans Maureen Kincaid Speller and Paul Kincaid in 2000. After three issues, Paul and Maureen dropped out, and Michigan fan Janine Stinson (editor of Peregrine Nations) became the new co-editor. SET will now appear first on efanzines.com, with a print version available to those who contribute, trade paper fanzines, correspond, and/or send money.

Special note:

The snail mail address for Bruce Gillespie on nearly all the fanzines here is now wrong. In November, Bruce Gillespie and Elaine Cochrane moved house. Please delete the Collingwood address, and replace it in your records with:

5 Howard Street Greensborough VIC 3088 Australia.

Phone: +61-3-9435 7786

Email address is now: gandc@pacific.net.au

 
SF Commentary
 
SF Commentary 76 (2MB)
SF Commentary 77 (3MB)
SF Commentary 78 (3.5MB)
SF Commentary 79 (2.8MB)

SF Commentary issues 80-82 comprise the Fortieth Anniversary Edition.

SF Commentary 80 (2.9MB)
SF Commentary 80A (5.7MB)
SF Commentary 81 (6.8MB)
SF Commentary 82 (7.2MB)

SF Commentary 82

SF Commentary 82, August 2011, is the third part of the Fortieth Anniversary Edition.

Apart from the usual Bruce Gillespie editorial (including his first fanzine review column for a long time) and Ditmar cover (and his explanation of it), SFC 82 also features a carl juarez back cover, Yvonne Rousseau’s forensic look at Connie Willis’s Blackout/All Clear, Terry Green on life and writing, Ian Watson and Stephen Baxter solving the mysteries of the universe, including the real story behind the last section of Spielberg and Kubrick’s A.I.; a celebration of the work of John Clute by Damien Broderick, Doug Barbour and Steve Jeffery; and reviews by George Zebrowski, Greg Benford, Peter Ryan, Ros Kopel Gross, Cath Ortlieb, Jenny Blackford, Steve Jeffery, Amy Harlib and Ian Nichols.

SF Commentary 83 Screen (6.2MB) SF Commentary 83 Print (5.9MB)

SF Commentary 83

Beginning with SF Commentary 83, each issue is offered in two versions; the portrait-shaped copy, which is the print version with the artwork in colour; and the landscape (wide) version, suitable for portable devices. The text in each is identical.

SF Commentary 83 features a long survey by Guy Salvidge of the works of Philip K. Dick, followed by Tim Marion’s article about Philip Dick’s children’s novel 'Nick and the Glimmung'. The very long, meaty letter column includes feature letters from Brian Aldiss, Taral Wayne, Mark Plummer, Patrick McGuire, Yvonne Rousseau, Murray MacLachlan, Rog Peyton, and Franz Rottensteiner.

SF Commentary 84 Screen (8.7MB) SF Commentary 84 Print (6.6MB)

SF Commentary 84

SF Commentary 84 includes Brian Aldiss’s tribute to Harry Harrison, surveys of the work of pioneer Australian writers, especially Damien Broderick and David Boutland; Ray Wood’s long article about the American film of 'Let Me In'; Tim Marion’s celebration of the fortieth anniversary DVD set of Patrick McGoohan’s 'The Prisoner'; and Colin Steele’s coverage of the SF and fantasy field over the last year.

SF Commentary 85 Screen (6.6MB) SF Commentary 85 Print (4.2MB)

SF Commentary 85

In SF Commentary 85, October 2013, Bruce Gillespie rounds up his Favourites from 2012, including Books, Short Stories, Films, CDs, and even some Television (!). Jennifer Bryce rounds up her Favourites from 2012: Books, Films, Theatre, Concerts, and Opera. Elaine Cochrane and Dick Jenssen write about ‘The Real Gosh! Wow!’: those recent books about cutting-edge cosmic physics that blow your mind in a way no science fiction can.

The rest of the issue deals with the massive response to SFCs 83 and 84: letters of comment from nearly everybody, including Feature Letters from Ray Wood, Mark Plummer, Steve Jeffery, and Patrick McGuire.

The covers are by Ditmar (Dick Jenssen) and Steve Stiles, with interior art by Taral Wayne, Steve Stiles, and Brad Foster.

SF Commentary 86 Screen (4.4MB) SF Commentary 86 Print (4.1MB)

SF Commentary 86

SFC 86 includes eulogies to two well-known Australian fans, Peter Darling and Graham Stone, who died during 2013, three sets of articles about ‘science Fiction’s People’ (Robert Bloch’s visit to Australia in 1981, an interview with John Cute, and memories of Jay Kay Klein), and nine articles about well-known SF writers, such as Joanna Russ, Arthur C. Clarke, C.M. Kornbluth, A. Belyanin, Phyllis Gotlieb, Audrey Niffeneger, Olaf Stapledon, Ray Bradbury, and J.G. Ballard.

Contributors include Daniel King, Peter Gerrand, Miranda Foyster, Elizabeth Darling, Chris Nelson, James Doig, Robert Bloch, John Foyster, Graeme Flanagan, John Clute, Darrell Schweitzer, Mike Glyer, Pamela Sargent, George Zebrowski (3 articles), John Litchen (3 articles), Patrick McGuire, Taral Wayne, and Fred Lerner.

The front cover is by Ditmar (Dick Jenssen), and the back cover a DJFractal by Elaine Cochrane.

SF Commentary 87 Screen (8MB) SF Commentary 87 Print (5.4MB)

SF Commentary 87

SFC 87 includes a Michael Bishop Special Feature: Michael Bishop's essay-review on the Silurian Tales of Steven Utley (published by Australia's own Ticonderoga Press), and a new poem; and Paul Di Filippo's article about Michael Bishop's fantasy works.

The issue includes a coverage of recent events at the Melbourne SF Club; tributes to people who have fallen off the edge of the world recently; reviews of Flag and Opuntia; Mark Plummer's ruminations about the oddities of list-makers; and Jennifer Bryce's and Bruce Gillespie's lists of the Best of Everything of 2013.

And then there is the enormous letter column, including feature letters by Ditmar (Dick Jenssen), Yvonne Rousseau, Leigh Edmonds, Steve Jeffery, Steve Stiles, and Tim Marion -- and many other contributors, such as Stephen Campbell, Dave Langford, Rick Kennett, Guy Salvidge, Greg Benford, Ian Nichols, Lloyd Penney, Larry Bigman, Pete Young, Tim Train, Joe Szabo, Patrick McGuire, David Lake, Jerry Kaufman, Ned Brooks, Gillian Polack, Doug Barbour, Martin Morse Wooster, Cy Cahuvin, Brad Foster, DJ Frederick Moe, Peggyann Chevalier, Murray Moore, Gian Paolo Cossato, Steve Sneyd, Milt Stevens, Jason Burnett, Fred Lerner, and Robyn Whiteley.

The front cover is by Steve Stiles, and the back cover by Carol Kewley. Our graphics artists include Brad Foster and Joe Szabo.

 
The Metaphysical Review
 
The Metaphysical Review 26/27 - July 1998 (3.3MB)
The Metaphysical Review 28/29 - August 1998 (1.3MB)
 
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Steam Engine Time
 

Steam Engine Time #13

Steam Engine Time #12

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Scratch Pad
 
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Scratch Pad #80

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Treasure
 

Treasure 1 replaces Scratch Pad on efanzines.com -- mainly so the numbering in the e-edition matches the numbering of the print edition, produced originally for ANZAPA.

However, Treasure 1 includes pages extra to the print edition, all derived from ANZAPA over the last year. Also, the e-edition includes many photos in colour.

Treasure 1 includes travel epics from Dora Levakis (her two visits to Tuva) and Jennifer Bryce (her month in India), as well as the fifth episode of John Litchen’s 'My Life and Science Fiction'. In 1962 John discovers surf diving, first romance, and lots of the classic SF books of the late fifties and early sixties. The editorial includes the usual range of obituaries and news, and even a concert report. Letter writers include three Feature Letter writers (Yvonne Rousseau, Casey Wolf and Malcolm McHarg), as well as contributions from Taral Wayne, Tim Marion, Steve Sneyd, Andrew Darlington, Alan Sandercock, Ned Brooks, Gillian Polack, Dora Levakis, Jerry Kaufman, Andy Robson, Elaine Cochrane, Robert Elordieta, Tony Thomas, Kaaron Warren, Werner Koopmann, Patrick McGuire, Lloyd Penney, Jenny Bryce, Steve Jeffery, Doug Barbour, Ron Drummond, Murray MacLachlan, and some WAHFs.

Treasure 1 (Landscape, 9.9MB) Treasure 1 (Portrait, 6.5MB)
Treasure 2 (Landscape, 11MB) Treasure 2 (Portrait, 6.3MB)
Treasure 3 (Landscape, 5.6MB) Treasure 3 (Portrait, 4.4MB)

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