Le Zombie

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Le Zombie was an intermittent ("Published every time a zombie awakens") science fiction fanzine, of which 72 issues were published by science fiction fan and author Bob Tucker from December 1938 to August 2001. The first issue was a single, crudely mimeographed sheet; the last printed issue was published in December 1975 by planography. After a 25-year hiatus, Tucker resumed publishing in 2000; these last 5 issues (also referred to as eZombie, but preserving the same numbering sequence) were electronically published as a webzine.[1] The title refers to the "Tucker death hoaxes" which played such a distinctive role in fan history.[2]

Many phrases and fan writing techniques have their origins in the pages of Le Zombie, including the term space opera,[3] and the use of the slash to indicate a thought was struck through.[4] Beginning in mid-1942, Le Zombie, along with Harry Warner's Spaceways, began sponsoring the "Fanzine Service" as a way of distributing fanzines to people who were serving in the World War II.[5]

In his obituary of Tucker, John Clute wrote: "It is only in recent years that academic critics have begun to come to terms with the huge amount of intellectual activity - along with pre-blog gossip - that filled [science fiction] fanzines, perhaps the most brilliant of them being Bob Tucker's Le Zombie."[6]


  1. ^ Tucker, Bob. Le Zombie #69 (first eZombie issue) with history of Le Zombie to date
  2. ^ Katz, Arnie. "Philosophical Theory of Fanhistory" in Fan History Archive
  3. ^ Prucher, Jeff (2007). Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. p. 205. ISBN 978-0-19-530567-8. 
  4. ^ Warner, Jr., Harry (1969). All Our Yesterdays. Chicago, IL: Advent Press. pp. 41–42. 
  5. ^ Warner, Jr. 1969, pp. 156
  6. ^ Clute, John (October 12, 2006). "Wilson Tucker: Writer of bleak science fiction". The Independent. 

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