SwanCon 1 – Cygnetures – Roy Ferguson

Transcribed by Elaine Walker. Any and all typos faithfully reproduced.

I can’t remember when I started reading science fiction but I was very young. At that stage naturally I was reading children’s type SF, which was available in the children’s section of the local library. I also read a lot of older children’s type of fiction as well but once I had exhausted the SF in the children’s section I couldn’t wait until I was allowed to join the adult’s section of the library and devour the reasonably large stock of SF they had there. In those days at secondary school I had little trouble with home work and projects and assignments were very rare so I read incessantly.

About the time when I had exhausted all the SF reading material I could lay my hands on (the school library also had a reasonable stock) my parents decided to move from New Zealand to Australia. I then found new stocks of SF in the local public library. Unfortunately I also started Uni which considerably reduced my reading rate.

In all this time I had been reading only SF books although I had been aware SF magazines existed. In my second year at Uni I entered into a cadetship and for the first time I felt I had money to splurge on SF mags. It was only then from reading mags that I became aware that fandom existed. Nothing further initiated me into the mysteries of SF until now. Since I don’t feel particularly creative this is my contribution to this zine.

ROY FERGUSON

About australian sf-history

ASFDAP was set up in 2011 after the rediscovery by the wider SF community of an impressive hoard of Australian SF community related ephemera, fanzines and other materials in the Murdoch University basement.

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