Monday, June 6, 2011

Science Correspondence Club: Sam Moskowitz's The Immortal Storm, pt 2

Moskowitz states at the beginning of Chapter 3: The Beginning of Organized Fandom: "The very first organized groups consisted of science fiction fans. They were one in mind with Hugo Gernsback in believing that every one of their number was a potential scientist, and that the aim of every fan should not be a collection of fantastic fiction, but a home laboratory where fictional dreams might attain reality."

One of the very first clubs was the Science Correspondence Club, an organization which later evolved into the International Scientific Association. (ASA).

Such fans as Raymond A. Palmer (later editor of Amazing Stories and then editor and publisher of his own magazine, Universe), P. Schuyler Miller (well-known author), Frank B. Eason, Aubrey McDermott, Robert A. Wait and others had struck up a mutual correspondence. This prompted Palmer to suggest the encouragement of such correspondence among fans on a larger scale. Thus was the Science Correspondence Club organized.

The members issued a club fanzine, The Comet, the first number of which was dated May, 1930 (9 years before Asimov would make his mark as a fan). Later issues of the zine were called Cosmology.

The club declared itself to be devoted to "the furtherance of science through scientific articles printed in its pages and contributed by its more learned members."

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