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Niekas (from Lithuanian: nothing or nobody) is a science fiction fanzine published from 1962–1998 by Ed Meskys (also spelled Meškys[1] ) of New Hampshire. It won the 1967 Hugo Award for Best Fanzine,[2] and was twice more nominated, losing in 1966 to ERB-dom[3] and in 1989 to File 770.[4]

Originally, Meskys (at the time a professor and a member of The Tolkien Society at the now-defunct Belknap College in Center Harbor, New Hampshire) edited in collaboration with Felice Rolfe, but by the late 1980s he was editing it by himself. The magazine originated as an apazine before being expanding to a full-fledged fanzine (Meskys later wrote, "I started a separate mailing-comments zine for the APA, and changed its name to NIEKAS and started the numbering over again with the June 1962 issue.... Since there was no Tolkien fanzine being published I decided to devote NIEKAS to Tolkien and try to run at least one Tolkien related piece in each issue."[5]), as it began to play a prominent role in the early development of Tolkien fandom.[6] Issue #7 included a letter from C. S. Lewis to Meskys that mentions The Lord of the Rings.

In coming years, contributors included Jack Harness, Bjo Trimble, Dave Locke, ATom, Anthony Boucher, Philip K. Dick ("Naziism and the High Castle"), Roger Zelazny ("Song of the Ring" [a poem]), an ongoing "Glossary of Middle Earth" by Robert Foster, who later published Tolkien's World From A to Z: The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, Diana Paxson, Clyde Kilby, Vaughn Bode, Jack Gaughan, Tim Kirk, Charles N. Brown, Piers Anthony, Marion Zimmer Bradley ("Bloodthirsty for Power: Vampirism in Hambly’s Those Who Hunt the Night"), Ben Indick, S. T. Joshi, John Boardman, Don D’Ammassa, Sam Moskowitz, Andrew J. Offutt, and Darrell Schweitzer.

The final issue, #48, described itself as published by Meskys and edited by Joe R. Christopher.


  1. ^ "Society History". Mythopoeic Society (in English). "When, in 1972, Ed Meškys was unable to continue running The Tolkien Society of America (originally the New York Tolkien Society founded by Richard Plotz in 1965), its assets and memberships were absorbed by The Mythopoeic Society." 
  2. ^ "1967 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  3. ^ "1966 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  4. ^ "1989 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  5. ^ Meskys, Ed. The View From Entropy Hall #12, cited in "Niekas" Tolkien Collector's Guide
  6. ^ Hunnewell, Sumner Gary ("Hildefons Took"). Tolkien Fandom Review: from its beginnings to 1964 Arnold, Missouri: New England Tolkien Society, 2010; pp. 3-4