Crank (White/Hansen)

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Crank was a science fiction fanzine by Rob Hansen and Ted White.

The Production Associate was Terry Hughes. Rob Hansen, writing in Then, (Supplement #2, from 1987) explains the emergence of Crank; "...it's worth noting that a a new twist on fanzines -- responsibility for editing and production rotating between fans in different countries -- emerged in September 1985 with the appearance of CRANK, edited by Ted White and Rob Hansen. CRANK's editorship could be said to have been 'bi-continental', and the reason for this arrangement was to eliminate expensive transatlantic postal charges and the time-lag caused by sending a fanzine 'surface mail'." Hansen lived in London, England, and Ted White in Church Falls, Virginia, U.S.A.

The first issue was published in September 1985, the second issue in October, the third in November, the fourth in December 1985, and the fifth, and final issue, in February 1986.

Ted White produced his first fanzine, Zip, in 1953. In 1956-57, he co-edited Stellar with Larry Stark, followed by Void when he joined the founding editors, Greg and Jim Benford in 1960. Other fanzines he's published include Gambit, Null-F (for FAPA), Minac with Les Gerber, Egoboo with John D. Berry, egoscan and, with Dan Steffan, Pong and BLAT!.

Rob Hansen also published the titles Epsilon, which won the Nova Award for Best Fanzine in 1982, Chuch, a one shot in 1986. In 1987, Rob Hansen edited the anthology Now Read On. Hansen also co-pubished Pulp throughout the 1980s and 1990s.