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    The First Ten Years of Locus, Including the Two Rare Trial Issues

    [Science Fiction]. Locus. Complete and Continuous Run of the First 10 Years, Including Both Rare Trial Issues. Cambridge/Bronx: Charles Brown, 1968-1977. 209 issues, measuring approximately 11 x 8.5 inches. The first 154 issues and the two trial issues on soft mimeograph paper that shows expected light toning and some occasional abrading to edges. Cordes removed all the staples from these mimeographed copies to prevent damage from rust. Issues 155-207 were produced in a more polished format, with folded and stapled bindings, which were then folded for mailing. An amazing, single-owner collection that has been stored flat and well cared for. With print runs on early issues typically in the mid-hundreds, finding a complete, one-owner collection is exceptionally rare. All issues in very good or better condition and, to our knowledge, never offered in a continuous run like this before.

    The humble single-page trial issue of Locus belies its importance and impact to SF. Begun as a newszine in 1968 in support of the Boston 1971 Worldcon bid, it has grown into the single most important continuous publication in SF fandom. These early issues truly show the connection point Locus provided to fans and writers alike. Giving information and reviews on cons scattered across the globe, on the latest publications in the field, interviews with well-known and soon-to-be-known writers, and obits of both professionals and prominent fans, from a time when fans contributed to the field as much as the pros. The letter columns are also a gold mine of incredible material, from a notice by David Gerrold explaining how he and Larry Niven were purchasing new typewriters after theirs were stolen, to a 1968 letter from a young soldier stationed in Vietnam named Joe Haldeman thanking Locus for providing him "contact with the healthy insanity of fandom." The lead story in the final issue of this run deals with the success of Star Wars and its impact, for better or worse, on the genre. A very appropriate topic on which to conclude this lot. Locus provided the venue for discovering, sharing, and enjoying the finest talents and their contributions to SF. From the collection of first fan, Jack Cordes.

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