Beam is a science fiction fanzine begun by Nic Farey and edited by Nic Farey with Jim Trash and Ulrika O'Brien.
Published in St. Leonard Maryland, U.S.A., and then Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A., Beam first appeared in the 2000s. 13 issues have been published as of 2018.
The first issue appeared in 2008. The front cover art was by Jay Kinney (Nope!), and back cover by Steve Stiles. Photographs are by Nic Farey, Jay Kinney, Gary Mattingly (The National Fantasy Fan), and Deborah Newton. Written contributions came from Randy Byers (Chunga), Rich Coad, Nic Farey, Paul di Filippo, and Ted White (BLAT!).
Issue 2 was released in 2009, and featured cover art by Brad Foster and back cover art by Dan Steffan (BLAT!). Interior art was by Alexia Gilliland, Steve Jeffery, Bill Rotsler and Steve Stiles. Photography was by Dave Barber, Nic Farey, Mary Kay Kare, Gary Mattingly, Cheryl Morgan (Emerald City), Ian Sorensen, Keith Stokes and Linda Wenzelburger. Writing was by James Bacon (Journey Planet), Claire Brialey (Banana Wings), Nic Farey, Chris Garcia (The Drink Tank), and Curt Phillips.
Issue 3 was published in May 2011, featuring front cover art by Pat Virzi (Pint-Size Stories) and back cover art by Sue Mason. Interior art is by Harry Bell (Grimwab), Brad Foster, Alexis Gilliland, Dave Hicks, Jay Kinney, and Bill Rotsler. Photography was by Harry Bell, Bruce Burn, Steve Green, Steve Hatton, Dave Hodson, Lucy Huntzinger (Rude Bitch), Gary Mattingly, Bill Mills, Mish, and Alan White. Writing was by Tony Berry, Michael Dobson, Nic Farey, Steve Green, Dave Hodson, Earl Kemp (El) and Rob Jackson (Maya), Jacq Monahan, and Theresa Cochran Taylor.
Issue 4 appeared in December 2011 and was edited by Nic Farey and Jim Trash. Interior art was by Harry Bell, Nic Farey, Brad Foster, Steve Green, Steve Jeffery, Jay Kinney, Bill Rotsler, Peter Sellers, and Taral Wayne. Photography was by David Dyer-Bennett, Nancy Hathaway, Mike Meara, Vineet Rajasekhar, Dave Romm, and Lee Wood. Writing was by Dian Crayne, John DeChancie, Nic Farey, Ken Forman, Mike Meara, Liam Proven, John Purcell (Askance), Damien Warman, and Lee Wood.
Issue 5, from October 2012, was edited by Nic Farey and Jim Trash. Front cover art is by Lesley Ward (Domble In The Works), with interior art by Harry Bell, Jay Kinney, Steve Jeffery, Bill Rotsler with Steve Stiles, and Mo Starkey. Photographs are by Sandra Bond (QuasiQuote), Nic Farey, Steve Green, Rob Jackson, Gary Mattingly, Teresa Merchant-Murphy, Jacq Monahan, Jim Mowatt, and Alan White. Writing is by Sandra Bond, Roy Kettle, Christina Lake (Head), Jacq Monahan, Chris Murphy, Curt Phillips, and Jim Trash.
Issue 6, released March 2013, was edited by Nic Farey and Jim Trash. Front cover art was by Steve Stiles, with interior art by Ed Emshwiller, Brad Foster, Nic Farey, David A. Hardy, Jay Kinney, Don Miller, Bill Rotsler with Dan Steffan, Anne Stokes, D West, and Alan White. Photos are by Cartiledge, Aileen Forman, Alasdhair Johnston, Gary Mattingly, Alan White, and DeDee White. Writing is by Catherine Crockett (Carefully Sedated), Nic Farey, Ron Gemmell, Andy Hooper (Apparatchik), Al Johnston, Kat Templeton, Jim Trash, and Alan White.
Issue 7 appearing October 2013, edited by Nic Farey and Jim Trash, featured front cover art by Alan White, back cover art by Anne Stokes, and interior art by Nic Farey, Jay Kinney, Al Sirois and Steve Stiles. Photos were by Alan Dorey (Vector), Ahrvid Engholm, Judith Hanna (Fuck The Tories), Gary Mattingly, Mac Rhind, Bob Sneddon, Pat Virzi, and Alan White. Writing was by Alan Dorey, Michelle Drayton-Harrold, Ahrvid Engholm, Nic Farey, Rob Hansen (Epsilon), Ro Nagey, Joseph Nicholas (Fuck The Tories), and Jim Trash.
Issue 8, from October 2014, was edited by Nic Farey and Jim Trash, and featured front cover art by John DeChancie and interior art by Ron Fleshman, Brad Foster, Jay Kinney, and Steve Stiles. Photos were by Nic Farey, Gary Mattingly, Hal O'Brien, and Peter Weston (Relapse). Writing was by Nic Farey, Aileen Forman, Ro Nagey, Ulrika O'Brien, John Purcell, Jim Trash, and Toni Weisskopf.
Issue 9, released December 2015, is edited by Nic Farey and Jim Trash, and features front and back cover art by Alison Scott (Plokta). Interior art is by Harry Bell, Brad Foster, Jay Kinney, Cecilia Latella, E South, Steve Stiles, and D West. Photos are by Jennifer Allee, Graham Charnock (Vibrator), Nic Farey, Rob Jackson, Jacq Monahan, Mick West and Alan White. Writing is by Jennifer Allee, Nic Farey, Bryan Follins, Roy Kettle, Murray Moore (Aztec Blue), Simon Ounsley (Lagoon), Brad Templeton, and Lee Wood.
Issue 10, from August 2016, is edited by Nic Farey and Jim Trash, and features front cover art by Harry Bell, Interior art is by Ed Emshwiller, Kelly Freas, Dick Jenssen as 'Ditmar' (Perhaps), Jay Kinney, Julius Kronberg, Bill Rotsler, E South, Steve Stiles, Bruce Townley, and Taral Wayne. Photos are by Craig Andrews, Rebekah Elizabeth, Max Photography, David E. Romm, and Alan White. Writing is by Jane Carnall, Jim Caughran, Nic Farey, Ken Forman, John Wesley Hardin and Jacqueline Monahan, Guy Lillian, Dave Romm, Ian Sales, Katrina Templeton, and Damien Warman.
Issue 11 appeared in March 2017 and was edited by Nic Farey. Front cover art is by Teddy Harvia, and back cover art is by Steve Stiles, with interior art by Graham Charnock, Nic Farey, Jay Kinney, Denny E. Marshall, Don Miller, Steve Stiles, and Pierre Wiazemsky. Photos were by JL Farey, Nic Farey, Danny Lawson, Brian Parker, George Ternent, Alan White, Lee Wood, and Andrew Yates. Writing was by Theresa Derwin, Nic Farey, John Wesley Hardin and Jacqueline Monahan, Graham James, Kevin McVeigh, Anna Raftery, Alison Scott, Martin Tudor (Critical Wave), Lee Wood and, reprinted from Harbinger, "The Practical Joke War" by Don D'Ammassa (Mythologies).
Issue 12 was published November 2017 and was edited by Vic Farey and Ulrika O'Brien. Front cover art is by Steve Stiles, back cover art by Al Sirois, with interior art by Brad Foster, Jay Kinney, Denny E. Marshall, Bill Rotsler, and Anne Stokes. Photos are by Vincent Docherty, Suzanne C. Show, and Alan White. Writing is by Randy Byers, Lilian Edwards (Floss!) and Ian Sales, Nic Farey, Eve Harvey (Wallbanger) and John Harvey (Pulp), Roy Hessinger, Lucy Huntzinger, Andy Hooper, Ulrika O'Brien, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, Jacqueline Monahan and John Wesley Hardin, and Jeff Schalles (Rune).
Issue 13, from April 2018, is edited by Nic Farey and Ulrika O'Brien. Front cover art is by Brian Parker, back cover art by Steve Stiles, with interior art by John Clark IV, Brad Foster, Jay Kinney, Denny E. Marshall, Bill Rotsler, and E South. Photos are by John Cornicello, Dee Ann Farey, J L Farey. V Terebenin, and Alan White. Writing is by Chuck Connor (Thingumybob), Nic Farey, David Hodson, Graham James, Luke McGuff, Jacqueline Monahan and John Wesley Hardin, Ulrika O'Brien, John Purcell, and Alison Scott.
Letters came from John Bangsund (Scythrop), Gregory Benford (Void), Pamela Boal, Jason Burnett, Marty Cantor (No Award), Theresa Derwin, Brenda Dupont, Leigh Edmonds (Fuck The Tories), John Hertz, Rob Imes, Jerry Kaufman (Littlebrook), Robert Lichtman (Trap Door), Eric Lindsay (Gegenschein), Jim Linwood (Typo), Joseph T. Major (Alexiad), Ro Nagey, John Neilsen-Hall, Lloyd Penney (Torus), Mark Plummer (Banana Wings), David Redd, Ron Salomon, Paul Skelton (Small Friendly Dog), Geri Sullivan, John Teehan, John Thiel, and Shelby Vick (Confusion), among others.
Beam won the 2018 FAAn Award for Best Genzine.