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BeABohema was a science fiction fanzine edited by Frank Lunney of Quakertown, Pennsylvania . It lasted for twenty issues from 1968 to December 1971, and was nominated for the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Fanzine, losing to Richard E. Geis' Science Fiction Review.[1]

It was known for controversies over such topics as the relationship between the Science Fiction Writers of America and Amazing Stories publisher Ultimate Publishing;[2] and New Wave science fiction.[3][4]

Among the better-known contributors were Dean Koontz,[5] Piers Anthony (who did a column titled "Babble" for a while[6]), Bill Rotsler, Ted White, Philip José Farmer, James Blish, David Gerrold, Sam Moskowitz, Jay Kinney, Terry Carr, David R. Bunch, and a then-obscure fan named "Gene Klein" who would later become famous as Gene Simmons of KISS.[7]


  1. ^ "1970 Hugo Award". World Science Fiction Society. 
  2. ^ Philip José Farmer. "Letter". Science Fiction Review (39). 
  3. ^ Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn (2003). The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction. Cambridge University Press. p. 61. 
  4. ^ Rob Latham. "Fanzine Research: Some Sercon Musings". Science Fiction Studies. 31 (3): 487–497. 
  5. ^ Koontz, Dean. "Way Station" BeABohema #4, pp. 15-19; as well as issues #5, #6 and #8
  6. ^ Anthony, Piers (2002). How Precious Was That While. Macmillan. p. 288. 
  7. ^ BeABohema #2, pp.14, 16, 47