Xenofilkia is a bimonthly filk fanzine run by Lee Gold.
Other filk publications available from Lee Gold
The Synergy Press edition of Bruce Pelzs The Filksong Manual (all four books in one volume, plus a few extra songs): $10 plus postage. All songs have been retyped and all sheet music has been reset, so its now much easier to read. The songs have been rearranged so two-page songs are on facing pages. Each song shows the page it was on in Bruce Pelzs original edition so you can easily have groups singing out of mixed edition songbooks.
NEW (3/8/2014): Lee has published the CYNTHIA MCQUILLIN SONGBOOK, a compilation of lyrics of Cynthia McQuillin's songs — everything that Dr. Jim Robinson, Kristoph Klover & Margaret Davis, Harold Stein, Mary Creasey, Kay Shapero, Bob Kanefsky, Alan Thiesen, and Lee Gold could find in 2013, with illustrations: $10 plus postage. see the CYNTHIA MCQUILLIN SONGBOOK webpage for more information, including available formats, postage rates, and a list of songs.
Lee has published a book of DR. JANE'S SONGS:
A compilation of all of Dr. Jane's songs that Dr. Jim Robinson could find
in his archives, plus a few that Lee Gold found from other sources, with
$10 plus postage.
See the Dr. Jane's Songs webpage for more information, including available formats, postage rates, and a list of songs.
What is filk? I usually define it as songs that interest science fiction fans: primarily songs about fantasy or science fiction or related topics. Related topics include computers, roleplaying games, mythology, science fiction fandom, history, current events, puns, and a number of other things I can't think of right now. For other definitions, check out rec.music.filk.
SF fans have been writing songs (sometimes parodies, sometimes to
original music) since at least the 1940s, but they didn't start calling
them "filksongs" until the early 1950s. That was when Lee Jacobs
mistyped "folk" as "filk" in a fanzine article on folk music. Karen
(later Karen Anderson) liked the word and used it to describe the
long-standing fannish phenomenon in an article for "The Zed #780,"
her SAPSzine (December 1955), and the use caught on.
Karen's article on the Xeno website
Xenofilkia comes out every even month (February, April, June, August, October and December). Each Xenofilkia has about twenty pages of filksongs and weighs about 3 ounces. The first issue was October of 1988, and issues have been appearing punctually ever since.
Xenofilkia costs US $1.50 per issue plus shipping. (why?) All back issues of Xenofilkia are still in print. They're US $1.50 each. plus shipping (see below).
Current shipping rates are:
|Destination||In 6x9 envelope||In 9x12 envelope|
For further details, see http://ircalc.usps.gov/
Q: Why charge for the envelope?
A: Postage depends partly on weight, but partly on the size of the item. A letter sent within the US in a #10 envelope requires 44¢ postage, but the same letter in a 9"×12" flat requires 78¢ postage. That's an extra 34¢ in postage. USPS also charges 34¢ extra if the letter is thicker than 1/4″, even if it's in a #10 envelope. But Bob Lichtman discovered that you can fit a 21 page zine into a 6″ ×9″ envelope, and it will meet the USPS requirements for a "normal" letter. This is because Xenofilkia will fit into a 6″ ×9″ envelope folded in half, but must be folded in three to fit in a #10 envelope.
6″ ×9″ envelopes cost about 13¢ more than #10 envelopes, so the total charge to the subscriber is 13¢ extra for the 6″ ×9″ envelope but 34¢ less for postage.
The net result is that postage was $1.22 for a single copy of Xenofilkia sent in a #10 envelope, but it is now only $1.04 including 13¢ for the more expensive envelope.
Here is a conversion table for anyone who wants to figure out which issues came out near a certain date.
Send payment by currency - or by check, traveler's check or postal
money order in US$ (made out to Lee Gold), to:
3965 Alla Road
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Non-US buyers may send currency or a cheque in your own national currency. UKans may contact Lee Gold to be put in touch with a UKan who has a US$ cheque account. Payment may also be made by PayPal to Lee Gold's account. (Your payment will be debited the PayPal fee, which is 2.9% plus 30¢, plus an additional 2.2% if your original currency is not US$.)
The cheapest way to get a copy of Xenofilkia is to contribute a song you wrote — one with original lyrics which is not generally available. A contributor gets the issue s/he contributes to for free and the next issue for postage only.
You can choose any of three methods to contribute.
Please state if the song has been published elsewhere, on paper or electronically. Please don't send copyrighted songs or melodies without the writer's permission. Please send sheet music or a cassette tape for any songs written to your original tune. Sheet music can be sent as gif, jpg, pdf, Finale, PrintMusic, or Noteworthy Composer format, or printed on paper.
You can send a formatted song in Word97-compatible or RTF format.
DEADLINE: no later than the 7th day of every odd month:
Jan, Mar, May, July, Sep, Nov
Xenofilkia welcomes contributions from everybody, but is not in any way obligated to print each song submitted. The only way to ensure you will receive an issue of Xenofilkia is to send money.
Since the cost of getting Xenofilkia is not predictable in advance (due to post office rate changes, contribution credit, etc.), no fixed rate subscriptions are offered. Instead, you should send a check or money order made payable to Lee Gold. I'll note your remaining balance on the envelope of each issue I mail you. (Special rates for dealers.)
Lee Gold also publishes infrequent, unscheduled anthologies of what she
considers to be the better filksongs that she and a few of her
acquaintances have written. This is the
(Now Available: a cumulative index of Filker Up.)
Lee Gold also publishes a monthly roleplaying game APA: Alarums and Excursions, which won Origins Awards in 2000, 2001, and 2002.
We would like to thank ConChord for providing webspace for these pages.
This page maintained by Barry Gold
Last change: January 8, 2015