and do check out Journey Planet, Ansible, File 770,Chunga, Challenger, SFinSF, Procrastinations and, of course, Bannana Wings. They are all excellent too.
No. 4 - Editorial byChristopher J Garcia
This issue is, whithout doubt, the biggest un-dertaking I’ve ever undertook. I mean really, it’s hardenough to put together a regular issue and it’s eventougher to get stuff for a theme issue and then to tryand do a theme issue with 300 people involved, well,that’s just nuts! Still, there’s nothign I love doing morethan putting together a zine.To me, it’s just about the most fun you can havesitting at a computer.It’s all about doing the zine to me. The act of putting together a zine is the best part of zines in myeyes, and that is not a widely held belief. I keep encoun-tering folks who don’t get why I’m not big on spell-checking or accuracy checks or even doing any realediting, and I always answer teh same: to me, that’s nofun at all. Fun is what I do just about everything for. And
No. 5 - Photo by Mo Starkey
that’s what The Drink Tank is all about.So, I’m all over this issue, as I often am in thesepages, so I don’t need to say much, but I do have togive thanks to a number of people who have made 300issues possible at all. Bill Burns is one. If it werent’ foreFanzines.com, there’d be no Drink Tank, no CLaimsDepartment, no eI, no Journey Planet, no Chris ForTAFF, no nothin’! While fanzines in various other areashave all but died out, largely replaced by blogs, pod-casts and what have you, eFanzines.com has managedto keep zines a vital part of Fandom and not just allow-ing those who have always done zines to keep going,but even bringing in new folks with new material that’sawesome! Thanks Bill!Of course, I have to talk about James Bacon. Attimes, I feel bad for the guy because The Drink Tank isoften so strongly associated with me that he gets over-looked. I couldn’t do much without him, and this issueproves that more than anything as he got about half of the submissions. It’s hard because I love The Drink Tank and with my methods, it’s not always easy to include James on things because I’m always full-steam ahead!I’m working on it though.Not hard, but working on it nonetheless.This issue has some amazing stuff and I’ve soloved reading everything. There’s stuff about Fandom,stuff about history, about art, about music, about ev-erything! We’ve got some ﬁction, which you don’t of-ten see in these pages, and there’s some poetry too!There’s even some Python code, which is somethingI never thought I’d run! Folks from ﬁve countries (US,UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) as well asmore than two dozen folks who have never contrib-uted to The Drink Tank, whcih makes me happy. I lovebringing in new folks and even if they never even readanother issue, just having them around for this makesme smile.Ultimately, this issue is a snapshot of a moment.This is a zine full of folks who are around now, writ-ing about stuff that is around now. IT’s not a captureof what Fanzines of the Now are about, and it’s not acapture of what fanzines mean. It’s a look at the peoplewho are around and form a part of the lives of thosearound The Drink Tank. These are pieces that are frompeople of fandom, from people in teh wrestling world,in the arts, in writing, in science ﬁction, the placeswhere James and I live our lives. That makes this issuevery special to me.Even if it cost me several nights of sleep!
Let’s start with 2011 Hugo winner: Tara