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The project assigned to Dr.
Elms was to do interviews on the subject of John W. Campbell, Jr. SFOHA
already had sponsored several panel discussions on the subject of Campbell--the
man and his influence. The interviews Dr. Elms obtained at LACon II
are an extension of that project and produced four valuable tapes for
Paul Pearson assisted with
Dr. Elms's project and also recorded one of the convention panel discussions.
Wally Smart, whose contributions
to SFOHA are already extensive enough to merit his own series of tapes,
WS, in the SFOHA archives, was also present at LACon II, and he recorded
three tapes of Individual Author sessions at the convention, included
(In addition, John Carr continued
his quest for oral history commentary on Leigh Brackett and Ed Hamilton.
Those tapes have been placed in Series OHC2 with other tapes of
that group as tapes OHC2--40 and OHC2--41.)
From this beginning, we were
hopeful that SFOHA's coverage of World Convention events would expand
in scope and effectiveness, but we have been unable to repeat
that success. The problem is one of covering with limited personnel
and equipment ten or twelve tracks of programs scattered throughout
a downtown area of a major city. As mentioned in the Introduction to
this catalog, a possible solution to the problem occurred at LAConIII
in 1986, when the Convention Committee arranged to have all of its sessions
recorded professionally. We are hopeful that other Worldcon Committees
will follow this example and finally achieve the preservation of the
bonanza of Science Fiction Oral History that World Science Fiction Conventions
Reminder: Tapes from AussiCon
1 (1975), the first World Science Fiction Convention held in Australia,
are cataloged in Series AUS. Recordings made by Wally Smart at Noreascon
III, the 47th World Science Fiction Convention held in Boston in 1989,
are cataloged in Series WS--73-76. There also is a World Fantasy Convention
that is younger that the World Science Fiction Convention but should
be just as important a source for oral history recordings--as Wally
Smart demonstrated in his recordings (cataloged as Series WS--77-85)
at the convention held in Seattle in 1989.
Side A. Ben Bova, John W. Campbell's successor as editor of Analog, interviewed about Campbell by Alan Elms. LAConII, Anaheim, CA., 9/1/84.
Side B. Ibid.
Hal Clement, interviewed about John. W. Campbell by Alan Elms.
Side B. Lester del
Rey, interviewed about John W. Campbell by Alan Elms. Ibid., 9/3/84.
Side B. Blank.
Side B. C. J. Cherryh,
talk followed by reading from her own work. Single Author Session,
Side A. George R. R. Martin reads most of his (then) unpublished story, "The Pear Shaped Man", followed by Q&A. Sound speeds up at end as batteries run low. Single Author Session, LACon II, Anaheim, CA., 8/31/84. Recorded by Wally Smart.
Side B. Frederik Pohl
reads his (then) unpublished story, "Fermi and Frost", followed
by Q&A. Single Author Session, Ibid., 9/1/84.
Side A. Joe Haldeman conducts a long (120 minute) Q&A session, concluded on Side B. Single Author Session, LACon II, Anaheim, CA., 9/1/84. Recorded by Wally Smart.
Side B. Haldeman, concluded.
Marta Randall reads her own work, ibid., 9/2/84. Mike Resnick
reads from his own Santiago, followed by Q&A. Ibid.,
Both sides. Dave Kyle
at Constellation, Baltimore WorldCon, 1983. Q&A. Tape
donated by Lew Wolkoff.
Side A. Intro by Chuck Crayne, Toastmaster Speech by Bob Bloch, Fan GoH Speech by Robert "Buck"Coulson. LACon I, Los Angeles, 1972.
Side B. Hugo Awards Presentation. Ibid.
Tape donated by Eric Lindsay.
Both Sides. "Time
Binding I," Fan History panel discussing Fandom of the Thirties,
with Dave Kyle, Forrest J. Ackerman, Robert Madle, and Aubrey MacDermott.
Noreascon II, 8/29/80.
Tapes WCON-12 through WCON-17
were recorded by Wally Smart at ConFederation, the World Science Fiction
Convention held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia. Recordings
are dated from August 28, 1986 to August 30, 1986.
Both Sides. Panel: "Shared
World Anthologies: Fun or Friction??' Greg Frost, Shawna McCarthy, George
R.R. Martin, Beth Meacham, Walter Jeff Williams, Jerry Pournelle, Barbara
Clifford. ConFederation, 44th World Science Fiction Convention, Atlanta,
August 29, 1986.
Side B. Harlan Ellison responds
to audience questions. Recorded from the audience. ConFederation, 44th
World Science Fiction Convention, Atlanta, August 30, 1986.
Both Sides. Ray Bradbury,
Convention Guest of Honor, in a Question and Answer Session. ConFederation,
44th World Science Fiction Convention, Atlanta, August 30, 1986.
Both Sides. Ben Bova in a
Question and Answer Session, followed by his reading from the first
draft of an unpublished short story called, "Crisis of the Month."
ConFederation, 44th World Science Fiction Convention, Atlanta, August