Niekas

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Niekas Issue 10 Cover Art by Dennis Smith December 1964
Niekas Issue 10 Cover Art by Dennis Smith December 1964

Niekas is a fanzine that spans fantasy and science fiction interests with a basis in Tolkein, edited by Ed Mesky and Felice Rolfe.

Niekas was begun in 1962 as an apazine, before becoming generally available, and published in New Hampshire, U.S.A. Ed Meskys wrote about the zine, "I started a separate mailing-comments zine for the APA, and changed its name to NIEKAS and started the numbering over again with the June 1962 issue.... Since there was no Tolkien fanzine being published I decided to devote NIEKAS to Tolkien and try to run at least one Tolkien related piece in each issue." The word 'Neikas' is Lithuanian for nothing or nobody.

Contributors included Poul Anderson, Piers Anthony, John Baxter, Anthony Boucher, Charles N. Brown, Anne Chatland, Matthew Cheney, Joe Christopher, Robert Coulson (Yandro),Philip K. Dick, Robert Foster, Carlton L. Frederick, W. Paul Ganley, Andrew Garison, Al HaLevy, Ben Indick, S. T. Joshi, Clyde Kilby, Tim Kirk, Fred Lerner, Liz Lokke, Michael Moorcock, Sam Moskowitz (Helios), Ray Nelson, Andrew Offut, Alexei Panshin, Emile Petaja, Stephen Pickering, Jerry Pournellse, Cory Seidman, Dave Thewliss, Dana Warren, Grace Warren, Ted White, Edward Wood, and Roger Zelzny..

Featured were interviews with Darrell Schweitzer, among others.

Covers were by Vaughn Bode, John Boland, Jerry Burge (Si-Fan), Larry Dickison, Diana Paxson, Dennis Smith, and others, with illustrations by Dan Adkins, Astrid Anderson, Poul Anderson, Vaughn Bode, Harry Douthwaite, Pierre Fournier, Jack Gaughan, Robert E. Gilbert, Barry Greene, Jack Harness, Terry Jeeves, Larry Kafka, Tim Kirk, Dave Locke, Ken De Maiffe, Ray Nelson, Andrew Porter, Glenn Primm, Bill Reynolds, Felice Rolfe, William Rotsler, Richard P. Schultz, Randy Scott, Dennis Smith, Diane Studebaker, Dave Thewliss, ATom (The ATom Anthology), Bjo Trimble (Shangri L'Affaires), and Bernie Zuber.

Niekas won the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 1967.

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