Mumblings from Munchkinland

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Mumblings from Munchkinland
Issue 27 2009
Cover art by Brad Foster

Mumblings from Munchkinland is a science fiction fanzine by Chris Nelson.

Chris Nelson started the fanzine in 1989 as a way of staying in touch with friends while Chris was away from home. It has been published in various locations, starting with Pakistan, but Chris is originally from Australia. It has also been published from Fiji, New Delhi, Samoa and Tasmania. 30 issues have been released so far.

Every other issue features a parody cover of an old science fiction pulp magazine or prozine, usually alternating with an original illustration from the Oz series of books.

Mumblings from Munchkinland covers Chris Nelson's personal life but has also featured interviews with Australian fanzine pioneers Bert Castellari (Futurian Observer, Zeus), Graham Stone, and William Veney, all of whom worked on some of the earliest fanzines coming from Sydney, as well as including a special feature in issue 28 on Roma Castellari, the first female member of organized fandom in Australia, who began working on fanzines with her contributions to Zeus. Chris has also written articles on Rosemary Simmons, Norma K. Hemming, Laura Molesworth and Norma Williams and the first Australian woman-run fanzine Vertical Horizons, and many other highlights from the history of Australian fandom.

Contributions of artwork have come from Brad Foster and Lauren Nelson-Lee, as well as reprints of work by Don Blanding, Hannes Bok, Edd Cartier, W.W. Denslow, Virgil Finlay, Leo Morey, John R. Neill, Frank R. Paul, and Desmond Walduck.

Contributions of writing have come from Bert Castellari, Roger Dard (Star Rover), Arthur Haddon (Telepath), Joe Haldeman, Justine Larbalestier, Megan Lee, Rex Meyer, Bob Nelson, Tim Nelson, Graham Stone, William Veney, and original, never published fiction from Donald H. Tuck.

Letters came from Merv Binns (Australian Science Fiction Newsletter), Sheryl Birkhead, Arthur Haddon, Teddy Harvia, Kim Huett, Robert Lichtman (Trap Door), Race Mathews (Bacchanalia), Eric Mayer (E-Ditto), Lloyd Penney (Torus), Harry Pol, David Redd, A. Langley Searles (Fantasy Commentator), Graham Stone, Donald H. Tuck (Profan), Bill Veney, and Harry Warner, Jr. (Horizons), among others.

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