Fanzine reminiscence

Like most people, I had many different periods in my life, each corresponding with the major activity or fancy of a specific era. I had my “childhood” period (spent stupidly frolicking, questioning the universe and learning to be a decent human being—of which I have very little recollection), my “academic roman” period (where I worked on my Master degree and PhD in roman history dedicated to an obscure roman emperor and the impression that was left of him through a biographical compilation), my “SFQ” period (where I published — in collaboration with a few friends — a fanzine on Quebec Science Fiction, as well as a few anthologies and short stories compilation), my “anime & manga” period (where I published a fanzine-turned-magazine about Japanese popular culture, as well as a translated filmography of the first thirty years of anime in Japan) and, finally, my “library” period (where, as a library underling, I do my best to help promote the love for books and knowledge). I am proud of everything I’ve done, but sometime I feels like my curriculum reads as a list of failures…


Cover #16, by Pierre D. Lacroix

I was recently googling to kill time and ended up searching entries about my old SFQ fanzine, Samizdat. That’s the period of my life where I think what I wrote, published or did had the least impact on the universe. However, I was surprised to discover it was mentioned in quite many places. Of course, it is one thing to have SFQ insiders like Yves Meynard, Jean-Louis Trudel or Claude Janelle mentioned it when they talked about the history of the genre in Quebec, but I was impressed to see it mentioned in a couple of British academic publications like Science Fiction Rebels by Mike Ashley (Oxford University Press) [Amazon, see extract bellow] or New Directions in Popular Fiction edited by Ken Gelder (Palgrave/MacMillan) [Amazon, extract].

Science Fiction Rebels by Mike Ashley

Science Fiction Rebels by Mike Ashley, p. 342 [ actually, it ran for 25 issues until November 1994 ]

Now, I am more proud of that work and, maybe, those years (the “good old time”, like I was recently reminiscing with Yves at the book fair) were not wasted after all. I feel better already. Like Hippocrates said, Ὁ βίος βραχύς, ἡ δὲ τέχνη μακρή, or, to quote Horace, Exegi monumentum aere perrennius ! 😉

All I need now is my own entry on Wikipedia !

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