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No 76 (Oct. 2000). Source: SF Commentary (www.pandora.nla.gov.au/)
Issue Details: First known date: 1969... 1969 SF Commentary : The Independent Magazine About Science Fiction
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'SF Commentary sits at the high end of the 'sercon,' or serious discussion of SF, group of fanzines, a position it has occupied for many years now. In this SFC is following a proud Australian tradition first established by John Bangsund in the mid-60s with his Australian SF Review. Both fanzines engaged SF's literati from throughout the world, and both have offered important venues to some of the major voices in SF criticism, who in turn have written seminal pieces on some of the most important authors to emerge in the field in the second half of the 20th century, starting with Phil Dick and Ursula LeGuin.

What's most impressive about the way Gillespie (now) and Bangsund (then) have accomplished this is that neither gave in to the academic stuffed-shirt navel-gazing which has grown up over the past forty years around SF and all but smothered SF criticism. SFC maintains a civilized and literate tone throughout, but draws more upon the British tradition of letters and the ties of fannish community to accomplish its purposes. It is not by accident that Gillespie has long called his editorial in SFC "I Must Be Talking To My Friends."'

[Ted White. 'Fanzines.' WSFA Journal April 2002 (sighted 8/01/2013]

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1969
    • Bacchus Marsh, Bacchus Marsh - Ballan area, Melbourne - Outer West / North West, Melbourne, Victoria,: Bruce Gillespie , .

Works about this Work

The Bleakest Book I've Ever Read Bruce Gillespie , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Tirra Lirra , vol. 14 no. 2 2005; (p. 23-26)
This article is a review essay of Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly, but it also includes comment on the Australian journals, Australian Science Fiction Review and SF Commentary.
I Must be Talking to my Friends Bruce Gillespie , 1983 single work column
— Appears in: Science Fiction : A Review of Speculative Literature , vol. 5 no. 3 (Issue 15) 1983; (p. 80-88)
The Bleakest Book I've Ever Read Bruce Gillespie , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Tirra Lirra , vol. 14 no. 2 2005; (p. 23-26)
This article is a review essay of Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly, but it also includes comment on the Australian journals, Australian Science Fiction Review and SF Commentary.
I Must be Talking to my Friends Bruce Gillespie , 1983 single work column
— Appears in: Science Fiction : A Review of Speculative Literature , vol. 5 no. 3 (Issue 15) 1983; (p. 80-88)

PeriodicalNewspaper Details

Frequency:
Irregular (1969-1981); Quarterly (1989-)
Range:
January 1969 - 1981 (suspended publication 1981-1989); 1989-

Awards

2019 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Fan Publication in Any Medium
2018 winner Ditmar Awards Best Fan Publication in Any Medium
2014 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Fan Publication in Any Medium
2002 winner Ditmar Awards Fan Production For this year only, this award was labelled Fan Production (Fanzine), and a separate award offered for Fan Production (Other).
1994 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Australian Fanzine
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