John Hertz, fanwriter

This page was constructed in 2006 for L.A.con IV. An updated version may be found at

John's writing has appeared variously in fanzines, semiprozines, convention fliers and program books, and his own zine Vanamonde.

Two "fanthologies" of his writing have been published, Dancing and Joking (2005) and West of the Moon (2002).

Since he is found mostly on what Calgary fan Dale Speirs calls the Papernet, here are some samples. (Click on the underlined links to see them.)

Samples from 2006

Classics of Science Fiction
(from L.A.con IV Progress Report #4)

Howard DeVore 1925-2005
(from the fanzine File 770 #147)

Samples from 2005

Frank Kelly Freas 1922-2005 (PDF)
(from File 770 #144)

(Art Guest of Honor write-up, Armadillocon 27; from the Program Book)

Westercon Notebook (PDF)
(from File 770 #146)

Playing Along
(joining in a fanzine editor's acrostics; from Data Dump)

It Seemed the Fannish Thing to Do
(column; from the semiprozine Chronicle [sometimes Science Fiction Chronicle] #257)

from Vanamonde


Larry Niven, Ringworld's Children (2004)
(Vanamonde #610; reprinted File 770 #145)

Oliver Onions, The Tower of Oblivion (1921)
(Vanamonde #613)


Chinese New Year
(Vanamonde #614)

Rocket fans
(Vanamonde #621)

Greeks and Persians
(Vanamonde #631)


Poetry Corner

Samples from 2004

2004 Worldcon Masquerade Report (PDF)
(from File 770 #145)

I Thought I Had a Pumpkin Bomb (PDF)
(memoir; from the fanzine Trap Door #23)

Westercon Notebook (PDF)
(from File 770 #144)

Distilled Spirit of a Classic Fanzine
(review of The Best of "Xero"; from the fanzine [now a semiprozine] Emerald City #110)

Interview with Hanville Svetz (PDF)
(Larry Niven's fictional character; interview co-authored with Niven; from the fanzine Argentus #4)

Samples from 2003 and earlier

Forward to the Basics
(in forum on "Is Fandom a Way of Life?"; from the fanzine Mimosa #30, 2003)

Mike Glyer
(Fan Guest of Honour write-up, Torcon 3, 2003 Worldcon; from the Program Book)

The Glass Bead Game
(review of Hermann Hesse's novel; from the fanzine YHOS [Your Humble Obedient Servant] #59, 2002)

The English Regency and Me
(memoir; from Mimosa #26, 2000, reprinted in Mimosa #29)

Westercon Notebooks
(from File 770)

2003 - Seattle (PDF)

2002 - Los Angeles (PDF)

2001 - Portland (PDF) (HTML)

2000 - Honolulu (PDF)

1999 - Spokane (PDF)

Worldcon Masquerade Reports
(from Science Fiction Chronicle)

2000 - Chicago (PDF)

1998 - Baltimore (PDF)

1994 - Winnipeg (PDF)

Rev. 21-Jul-2006