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[[Image:Opuntia_copy.jpg‎|right|frame|'''Opuntia'''<br/>Cover art by [[Sheryl Birkhead]]]]
'''Opuntia''' is the name for a series of [[zines]] by [[Dale Speirs]] from Calgary, AL, Canada.
'''Opuntia''' is the name for a series of [[zines]] by [[Dale Speirs]] from Calgary, AL, Canada.
As Speirs says in his intro to ''Opuntia'', “Whole-numbered  Opuntias are sercon, x.1 issues are review zines, x.2 issues are indexes, and x.5 issues are [[perzines]].”
As Speirs says in his intro to ''Opuntia'', “Whole-numbered  Opuntias are sercon, x.1 issues are review zines, x.2 issues are indexes, and x.5 issues are [[perzines]].”
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Contributors have included Teddy Harvia, winner of the the Fan Artist HUGO Award. ''Opuntia'' has won the 2005 [[Aurora Award for Best Fanzine]] Fan Achievement Award from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.
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Contributors have included [[Sheryl Birkhead]], Chester Cuthbert, Teddy Harvia, Dave Panchyk, Robert Runté ([[Neology]]), Garth Spencer ([[The Royal Swiss Navy Gazette]], [[BCSFAzine]]), and Taral Wayne ([[DNQ]]). Also included were reprints of the article "History of the Canadian Science Fiction Association", by Jack Bowie-Reed.
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In 2005, ''Opuntia'' won the [[Aurora Award for Best Fanzine]] Fan Achievement Award from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.
However, ''Opuntia'' is not limited to just science fiction, since each issue is different. Dale Speirs is active in the [[mail art]] community and some issues are devoted to this topic. Other topics have included rubber stamping. ''Opuntia'' also reviews zines and prints a number of letters from readers in most issues.
However, ''Opuntia'' is not limited to just science fiction, since each issue is different. Dale Speirs is active in the [[mail art]] community and some issues are devoted to this topic. Other topics have included rubber stamping. ''Opuntia'' also reviews zines and prints a number of letters from readers in most issues.
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Revision as of 22:13, 12 June 2012

OpuntiaCover art by Sheryl Birkhead
Opuntia
Cover art by Sheryl Birkhead

Opuntia is the name for a series of zines by Dale Speirs from Calgary, AL, Canada.

As Speirs says in his intro to Opuntia, “Whole-numbered Opuntias are sercon, x.1 issues are review zines, x.2 issues are indexes, and x.5 issues are perzines.”

Contributors have included Sheryl Birkhead, Chester Cuthbert, Teddy Harvia, Dave Panchyk, Robert Runté (Neology), Garth Spencer (The Royal Swiss Navy Gazette, BCSFAzine), and Taral Wayne (DNQ). Also included were reprints of the article "History of the Canadian Science Fiction Association", by Jack Bowie-Reed.

In 2005, Opuntia won the Aurora Award for Best Fanzine Fan Achievement Award from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.

However, Opuntia is not limited to just science fiction, since each issue is different. Dale Speirs is active in the mail art community and some issues are devoted to this topic. Other topics have included rubber stamping. Opuntia also reviews zines and prints a number of letters from readers in most issues.

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