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Why we love Roger Ebert? Cuz he’s one of us.

In case you ever wondered why movie critic Roger Ebert is one of the kinder of the mainstream media critics toward science fiction and fantasy, wonder no more. He’s been a fan for decades, as attested to a May 4, 2008 entry in his blog:

Fanzines were mimeographed magazines that were circulated by mail among science fiction fans in the days before the internet. They still are, for all I know, although now they’re generated by computer printers. I first learned about them in a 1950s issue of Amazing Stories and eagerly sent away 10 or 20 cents to Buck and Juanita Coulson in Indiana, whose Yandro was one of the best and longest-running of them all. Overnight, I was a fan, although not yet a BNF (big name fan). It was a thrill for me to have a LOC (letter of comment) published on such issues as the demise of BEMs (bug-eyed monsters), and soon I was publishing my own fanzine, named Stymie. ((Roger Ebert’s journal, “Fanzines beget blogs,” May 4, 2008.))

For any fan with an interest in film, I highly recommend subscribing to Ebert’s blog. He uses his insights in the the world of movies and helps a reader decipher how to approach reading film reviews – and how to pick critics to avoid – and better yet – those that you can trust.

His blog is located here:

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.


  1. Okay, that is just awesome. Thanks for that!


    Ebert, Roger [1942- ] – The famous TV personality who reviews movies on his own weekly network show was an early SF fan in Illinois. He published his own fanzine, Stymie, and wrote for other zines, including Kipple, Parsection and Psi-Phi in the 1950s, and Xero in the 1960s. As a young man he won the Illinois AP first place news writing award for 1960. In 2004 he wrote some articles for SF prozines.

    Jon D. Swartz
    N3F Historian

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