Fantasy Amateur Press Association

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The Fantasy Amateur Press Association or FAPA was founded by Donald Wollheim in 1937. It was the first science fiction Amateur Press Association and was initially designed to be a method for distributing fanzines to as many worthy readers as possible. As it turned out, the idea changed to where most fans made different zines for FAPA and for general fandom. Early FAPAns included Rick Sneary, Forrest J. Ackerman, Harry Warner, Jr. and Jack Speer, who is still a member as of February 2007.

At times, there have been long waiting lists to join. During the peak of APAs in the 1960s, there was a two-plus year waiting list and many people dropped off the waiting list before they made it to the active roster. In recent years, membership has dropped to the point where there are less than forty members.

Many significant zines were released through FAPA, including Ah, Sweet Idiocy, Horizons, Light, Trial & Air, and SaFari.

Over the years, many significant members of science fiction fandom have been members, including Jack Speer, Marion Zimmer Bradley, David Kyle, Earl Kemp, Art Widner, Walter Coslet, Randall Everts and Bruce Pelz.

Current FAPA members include Robert Lichtman, Milt Stevens, Steve Green, Ben Indick, Chris Garcia, Laurraine Tutahasi, Robert Silverberg, Art Widner, Fred Lerner, Dale Speirs, Keith Walker and Robert Sabella.

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