Strange 1970 Northwest Underground Newspaper SIGNED FRANK HERBERT Portland SciFi Fanzine Society of Strangers Zaharakis Science Fiction


Title: Strange (Volume 1, Number 7, 22 April 1970)

Author: Dian Zaharakis, Nancy Gwillim, Kris Carey, Raki [Mike Zaharakis], et al.

Description: Front page signed by Frank Herbert, presumably at the 1970 NorWesterCon (3rd Annual Northwestern Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention held May 29-31 at the Heathman Hotel in Portland, where both Herbert and Ursula K. Le Guin were the honored guests). A scarce and very well-preserved copy. 20 pages. 17.5 x 11.5 inches.

The ''Stranger'' was a Portland-area underground newspaper and the clubzine of the Portland Society of Strangers (SOS), a science fiction club. The SOS was founded by Mike Zaharakis (1947-1984) and his wife Dian. Mike was also a political activist, a representative for the IWW, the publicist for the Vortex Music Festival, and also published other small SF fanzines throughout the late-sixties and 1970s.

This issue includes an advertisement and brief description of the upcoming NorWesterCon in May, reviews of several books by Samuel Delaney, a ''psychedelic'' centerfold from the art of William Blake, lots of local advertising for counterculture-oriented retail businesses (including Music Millennium on the back cover) and for several bookstores, large advertisements for a showing of Jean-Luc Godard's film about the Rolling Stones at PSU and for John Lennon's erotic lithographs, prose-fiction by Kris Carey, an article on witchcraft, some pieces with anti-war sentiment, and more.

It was reported that about 130 people attended the May 1970 Norwestercon. Dune Messiah had just been published a few months earlier, in October 1969.

[The successor convention to Norwestercon, Norwescon had its inaugural year in 1978.]

Binding: Newspaper
Condition: Near Fine

Publisher: Aquarian Publishing
Place: Clackamas [Oregon]
Year: 1970

Keywords: Frank Herbert, NorWesterCon, Northwestern Science Fiction, Northwest, science fiction, Portland, Oregon, Zaharakis, Society of Strangers, underground, counterculture, journal, newspaper, periodical, NorWesCon,

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