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Nova Awards 2007

In 1973, Novacon instituted the annual Nova Awards to celebrate achievement in British science fiction fanzines. Originally handed down by a panel of judges, these accolades are now decided by Novacon members who can demonstrate a basic knowledge of current fanzines.

Following Novacon 32, the three categories - best fanzine, best fanzine writer, best fanzine artist - were extended to cover fanzines produced in Eire. In addition, electronic fanzines are now eligible, provided a hardcopy is lodged with the current administrator at 33 Scott Road, Olton, Solihull, B92 7LQ, UK.

The following fanzines were received by the Nova Awards administrator since 1 October 2006 and are eligible for the 2007 awards, which will be presented at Novacon 37:

  • A Cry For Help #2 [16p, A5], John Toon, 118 Great Meadow Road, Bristol, BS32 8DA
  • Ansible #231 [10/06], #232 [11/06], #233 [12/06], #234 [1/07], #235 [2/07], #236 [3/07], #237 [4/07], #238 [5/07], #239 [6/07], #240 [7/07], #241 [8/07], #242 [9/07; all 2pp, all A4], Dave Langford, 94 London Road, Reading, RG1 5AU - download from www.ansible.co.uk
  • Banana Wings #28 [32pp], #29, #30, #31 [all 36pp, all A4], Claire Brialey & Mark Plummer, 59 Shirley Road, Croydon, CR0 7ES
  • The Banksoniain #11, #12 [both 12pp, both A5], David Haddock, 84 Foxhollow, Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB3 8ES - download from www.banksoniain.netfirms.com/
  • Brum Group News #421 [10/06], #422 [11/06, both 12pp], #423 [12/06], #424 [1/07; both 8pp], #425 [2/07], #426 [3/07], #427 [4/07], #428 [5/07, all 12pp], #429 [6/07], #430 [7/07, both 8pp; all A5], Rog Peyton (for the Birmingham SF Group); #431 [8/07, 8pp], #432 [9/07, 12pp, both A5], William McCabe (for the Birmingham SF Group)
  • Clues and Gropes [12pp, A5; subtitled "An Obscene Filk Collection for Eastercon 2007"], Douglas Spencer & Judith Proctor, 51 Fountains Garth, Bracknell, RG12 7RH - download from efanzines.com/Conversations/
  • Fanzine Fantastique Spring 2007 [4pp, A4], Keith & Rosemary Walker, 6 Vine Street, Lancaster, LA1 4UF
  • Fanzine of the Teledu #1: What is Teledu?, #2: The Big Issues [8pp, A7; subtitled "A collaborative fanzine by the members of Year of the Teledu"], 14 Endsleigh Gardens, Beeston, NG9 2HJ - download from www.yearoftheteledu.org/index.php/Fanzine_of_the_Teledu
  • Gotterdammerung Redux [36pp, A5; selected material from issues #4 - #11], Tommy Ferguson
  • Head #7 [27pp, A4], Doug Bell & Christina Lake, 35 Gyllyng Street, Falmouth, TN11 3EL
  • I Knew the Porridge Was Trying to Tell Me Something [16pp, A4; subtitled "Some collected writings of Ang Rosin (for GUFF)"], Claire Brialey & Mark Plummer, 59 Shirley Road, Croydon, CR0 7ES
  • iShoes #1 [20pp, A5], Yvonne Rowse, Evergreen, Halls Farm Lane, Trimpley, DY12 1NP
  • Outlaw Mutation Boogie #64 [16pp, A5], Mark Plummer, 59 Shirley Road, Croydon, CR0 7ES
  • Phlizz #1, #2 [both CDs], Chuck Connor, 64 Chelwood Avenue, Hatfield, AL10 0RE
  • Plokta #36 [16pp], #37 [12pp, both A4], Steve Davies, Alison Scott & Mike Scott, 3 Sandgate Avenue, Reading, RG30 6XD
  • Procrastinations #2 [16pp], #3 [32pp], #4 [36pp, all A5], John Coxon, 14 Chapel Lane, Peterborough, PE4 6RS - download from efanzines.com/Procrastinations/index.htm
  • Prolapse #3 [21pp], #4 [26pp], #5 [28pp], #6 [36pp], #7, #8 [both 40pp, all A4], Peter Weston, 53 Wyvern Road, Sutton Coldfield, B74 2PS - download from efanzines.com/Prolapse/index.htm
  • Snapshot #8 [6pp, A4], Ian Sorensen, 3 Portia Place, Motherwell, ML1 1EL
  • Tortoise #23, #24 [both 22pp , both A4], Sue Jones, Flat 5, 32-33 Castle Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 2BQ

Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer have kindly advised me of the existence of several fanzines which they assure me are also eligible:

  • Demeter's Daughter #1, #2, #3, Abi Brown
  • Fans Across the World Newsletter #127, Bridget Wilkinson
  • Foundation and Empire , Flick
  • Inca #2, Rob Jackson
  • Motorway Dreamer #3, #4, John Nielsen Hall
  • Pips #3, Jim Trash
  • Sailing North , Liam Proven

The following have also been received since 1 October 2006, but are ineligible under the current rules:

  • Data Dump #101 [8pp, A5; index to #1-#100], £1.00 / €1.50 / US$3.00, #102, #105, #112 [all 4pp, A5], £0.70 / US$2.00, Steve Sneyd, Hilltop Press, 4 Nowell Place, Almondbury, HD5 8PB
  • Finland [12pp, A4], Juliette Woods & Damien Warman (the first instalment in their GUFF report).
  • Illuminated [61pp, half-quarto], Leena Bespalko, 5715 Baltimore Drive #110, La Mesa, CA 91942, USA
  • It Takes All Kinds #4 [20pp], #5 [28pp, both half-quarto], US$3.50 from Misty O’Brien, PO Box 5052, St Cloud, MN 56302, USA
  • Jophan’s Guide to the Seven Fannish Sins [8pp, half-quarto], Tracy Benton & Bill Bodden
  • Novacon 36 Programme Book [47pp, A5], Helena Bowles for Novacon 36
  • Science-Fiction Five-Yearly #12 [58pp, quarto], Geri Sullivan & Randy Byers, 37 Monson Road, Wales, MA 01081-9743, USA
  • Trapdoor #24 [60pp, half-quarto], Robert Lichtman, 11037 Broadway Terrace, Oakland, CA 94611-1948, USA (note change of address).
  • Vanamonde #653-657, #663-702 [all 2pp, all quarto], John Hertz, 236 S. Coronado Street #409, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA
  • Visionary Tongue Magazine: Novacon 36 Limited Edition [15pp, A5; promotional item], Jamie Spraken & Donna Scott, 649 London Road, Hadleigh, Benfleet, SS7 2EB
  • Visionary Tongue #22 [35pp, A5], £2.50 / US$5.00 from Jamie Spracklen & Donna Scott, 649 London Road, Hadleigh, Benfleet, SS7 2EB

This listing will be updated regularly, and will appear in Novacon 37 publications.

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