Fantasy Amateur Press Association

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The Fantasy Amateur Press Association (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 interested readers as possible. Early FAPAns included Forrest J Ackerman, Myrtle Douglas (Morojo), Gertrude Kuslan, John B. Michel, Harry Warner, Jr., and Olon F. Wiggins.

At times, there have been long waiting lists to join. During the peak of APAs in the 1960s, there was a three-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 fewer than forty members.

Many significant zines were released through FAPA, including Horizons, Light, Trial & Air, Fantasy Commentator and SaFari.

Over the years, many significant members of science fiction fandom have been members, including Karen Anderson, Redd Boggs, Elinor Busby, Walter Coslet, Leslie Croutch, Bill Donaho, Miriam Dyches/Carr/Knight/Lloyd, Georgina Ellis, Dean Grennell, Lee Hoffman, David Kyle, Bruce Pelz, Larry Shaw, Larry Stark, Charles Wells, Jane Wells, Art Widner, Rosco E. Wright, and Jean Young.

Current FAPA members include Robert Lichtman, Milt Stevens, Steve Green, Ben Indick, R-Laurraine Tutihasi, Robert Silverberg, Art Widner, Fred Lerner, Dale Speirs, Keith Walker and Curt Phillips.

List of FAPA Zines

A List of FAPA Zines

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