Mimosa

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Mimosa Issue 16 Cover art by Dan Steffan
Mimosa
Issue 16
Cover art by Dan Steffan

Mimosa was a science fiction fanzine that ran from 1982 until 2003. It was edited by Richard and Nicki Lynch. It's focus was on the history of science fiction fandom and fanzines and was highly popular for its entire run. It won the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine six times and was nominated fourteen years in a row.

Mimosa was well-known for its unique list of contributors that included figures from throughout the history of SF Fandom. These included Forrest J Ackerman (Voice of the Imagi-Nation), Ron Bennett (Ploy, Skyrack), John Berry (Pot Pourri, The Damned Patrol), Richard Brandt (Fanthology '87), Vincent Clarke (Pulp, Science Fantasy News), Es Cole, Les Cole, Ahrvid Engholm, Sharon N. Farber, Mike Glicksohn (Energumen), Dean Grennell (Grue, Filler), Dave Kyle, Dave Langford (Ansible), Dave Locke (Awry, Time and Again), Charlotte Proctor (Anvil), Mike Resnick, Julius Schwartz (The Time Traveller), Bob Shaw, Bob Tucker (Le Zombie, Science Fiction Newsletter), Shelby Vick (Confusion), Harry Warner, Jr. (Horizons), Walt Willis (Slant, Hyphen), Ted White (Stellar), and Ben Zuhl.

Mimosa also featured a great deal of fan art, including work by Sheryl Birkhead, Brad W. Foster, Alexis Gilliland, Ian Gunn, Teddy Harvia, Joe Mayhew, Linda Michaels, Bill Rotsler, Stu Shiffman, Diana Stein, Dan Steffan (Boonfark), Steve Stiles, and Kip Williams.

Letters came from Robert Bloch, Pamela Boal, Ned Brooks (It Goes On The Shelf), Gregg Calkins (Oopsla!), Buck Coulson (Yandro), Juanita Coulson (ST-Phile, Yandro), Terry Jeeves (ERG), Ethel Lindsay (Scottishe), Eric Mayer (E-Ditto), Lloyd Penney (Torus), Leland Sapiro (Riverside Quarterly), Tracy Shannon, Steve Sneyd (Data Dump), and Harry Warner, Jr. (Horizons).

Issues 1-16 were produced via mimeograph, while issues 17-30 were printed commercially. Issues 28 and 29 were a two-volume "Mimosa Fanthology" collection, which featured some of the best articles from the first 27 issues.

Some issues were distributed through the Southern Fandom Press Alliance APA.

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