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'''Filler''' was a science fiction fandom fanzine co-edited by Norman Browne and Dean Grennell.
'''Filler''' was a science fiction fandom fanzine co-edited by Norman Browne and Dean Grennell.
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In 1953, while living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Norman Browne co-edited with 'Art Wesley', who was actually Dean Grennell, of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. U.S.A., a [[one shot]] titled ''Filler'', consisting of 527 numbered 'filler' items, most of them one-liner jokes, off-the cuff remarks, tongue-in-cheek statements,  cute comments, etc., from famous fans such as Robert Bloch, Redd Boggs ([[Sky Hook]]), Harlan Ellison ([[Science Fantasy Bulletin]]), [[Lee Hoffman]] ([[Quandry]]), and [[Walt Willis]] ([[Slant]]), and from well-known wits such as Ambrose Bierce and Oscar Wilde.  
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In 1953, while living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Norman Browne co-edited with 'Art Wesley', who was actually Dean Grennell, of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. U.S.A., a [[one shot]] titled ''Filler'', consisting of 527 numbered 'filler' items, most of them one-liner jokes, off-the cuff remarks, tongue-in-cheek statements,  cute comments, etc., from famous fans such as Robert Bloch, Redd Boggs ([[Sky Hook]]), Harlan Ellison ([[Science Fantasy Bulletin]]), [[Lee Hoffman]] ([[Quandry]]), and [[Walt Willis]] ([[Slant]]), and from well-known wits such as Ambrose Bierce and Oscar Wilde. The cover art was by Jack Harness.
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In his own zine, Norman Browne invited contributions of items of less than six lines, with Author's name and source, and a free copy of the zine to contributors sending twelve items or more.  
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In his own zine, Norman Browne invited contributions of items of less than six lines, with Author's name and source, and a free copy of the zine was offered to contributors sending twelve items or more. And in his column for the January 1955 issue of [[Abstract]] # 9, Dean Grennell wrote on fillers, and how to use them.
The idea was that fan editors, in order to save space, would type in the appropriate number and readers would then look up the actual 'filler' in  their own copies of ''Filler''. This concept proved very successful.
The idea was that fan editors, in order to save space, would type in the appropriate number and readers would then look up the actual 'filler' in  their own copies of ''Filler''. This concept proved very successful.
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In September 1983, Harry Warner, Jr., wrote in [[Izzard]] #7 that; "It was a thick publication consisting of hundreds of bright remarks, each numbered. Apparently it was meant as an elaborate commentary on the excesses which fans were then committing on the craze for fillers..."  
In September 1983, Harry Warner, Jr., wrote in [[Izzard]] #7 that; "It was a thick publication consisting of hundreds of bright remarks, each numbered. Apparently it was meant as an elaborate commentary on the excesses which fans were then committing on the craze for fillers..."  
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Norman Brown was also editor of [[Vanations]], and Dean Grennell editor of his own zine [[Grue]].
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Norman Brown was also editor of [[Vanations]], and Dean Grennell the editor of [[Grue]].
==External Links==
==External Links==
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*[http://fanac.org/fanzines/Abstract/Abstract9-42.html Dean Grennell, writing in ''Abstract'' on '''Filler''']
*[http://fancyclopedia.editme.com/CROTTLED Terms invented by '''Filler''']
*[http://fancyclopedia.editme.com/CROTTLED Terms invented by '''Filler''']
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[[Category:1950's publications]]
[[Category:1950's publications]]
[[Category:Science Fiction Zines]]
[[Category:Science Fiction Zines]]
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[[Category:Humor]]

Revision as of 22:40, 4 March 2012

Filler was a science fiction fandom fanzine co-edited by Norman Browne and Dean Grennell.

In 1953, while living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Norman Browne co-edited with 'Art Wesley', who was actually Dean Grennell, of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. U.S.A., a one shot titled Filler, consisting of 527 numbered 'filler' items, most of them one-liner jokes, off-the cuff remarks, tongue-in-cheek statements, cute comments, etc., from famous fans such as Robert Bloch, Redd Boggs (Sky Hook), Harlan Ellison (Science Fantasy Bulletin), Lee Hoffman (Quandry), and Walt Willis (Slant), and from well-known wits such as Ambrose Bierce and Oscar Wilde. The cover art was by Jack Harness.

In his own zine, Norman Browne invited contributions of items of less than six lines, with Author's name and source, and a free copy of the zine was offered to contributors sending twelve items or more. And in his column for the January 1955 issue of Abstract # 9, Dean Grennell wrote on fillers, and how to use them.

The idea was that fan editors, in order to save space, would type in the appropriate number and readers would then look up the actual 'filler' in their own copies of Filler. This concept proved very successful.

In September 1983, Harry Warner, Jr., wrote in Izzard #7 that; "It was a thick publication consisting of hundreds of bright remarks, each numbered. Apparently it was meant as an elaborate commentary on the excesses which fans were then committing on the craze for fillers..."

Norman Brown was also editor of Vanations, and Dean Grennell the editor of Grue.

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