XENOFILKIA HOME PAGE

Xenofilkia is a bimonthly filk fanzine run by Lee Gold.

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 illustartions: $10 plus postage. see the CYNTHIA MCQUILLIN SONGBOOK webpage for more information, including available formats, postage rates, and a list of songs.

NEW (9/10/2012): 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 illustrations. $10 plus postage.
See the Dr. Jane's Songs webpage for more information, including available formats, postage rates, and a list of songs.

See Debbie Ridpath Ohi's Filk FAQ for more info about filking.

We would like to thank ConChord for providing webspace for these pages.

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 Kruse (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

Poet and filker Tom Digby wrote a number of filksongs, instrumental pieces, and spoken word pieces. These are available:
    Tom Digby's music on the Xeno website

Here are a few examples of songs that have been published in Xenofilkia.
The Beagle Has Landed by Michele Eatough
about Snoopy's adventures as a WWI Flying Ace.
Bertholdt Brecht Does Shakespeare by Jane Mailander
MacBeth, to Mack the Knife
Harvester by Leslie Fish
about a peasant turned soldier
Acts of Parody by Bob Kanefsky
A parody of Acts of Creation, about how filkers steal tunes and ideas to create parodies.
Home Again by Raoul I. Benefiche
about Gilligan's Island, but to The Mary Ellen Carter
Sirius Song by Lee Gold
A calypso song about the Dog Star (to Dayo)
P G P by Lee Gold
About Phil Zimmerman's Pretty Good Privacy

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
US $1.01 (why?) $1.45
Canada $1.71 $2.76
Europe $3.22 $4.21

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 (as of Feb. 15, 2011). 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. So, Xenofilkia cost 78¢ to mail until the April, 2011 issue. 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 10¢ more than #10 envelopes, so the total charge to the subscriber is 10$cent; 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 95¢ including 10¢ for the more expensive envelope.

Click one of the links below for a cumulative index of Xenofilkia:

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:

	Lee Gold  
	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.

by letter to the address above
(with me retyping your contribution).
by PC-compatible floppy
by e-mail to
lee.gold@ca.rr.com

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 FILKER UP series.
(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.


LINKS

We would like to thank ConChord for providing webspace for these pages.

This page maintained by Barry Gold

Last change: March 20, 2014