ARCHIVE OF 21 LETTERS OF COMMENT TOTALING 41 PAGES WRITTEN BETWEEN 19 NOVEMBER 1961 AND 21 FEBRUARY 1962 TO DICK AND PAT LUPOFF BY MAJOR PROFESSIONAL SF WRITERS AND EDITORS AND PROMINENT SF FANS IN RESPONSE TO ESSAYS AND ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN XERO, AND A POLITICAL POLL DISTRIBUTED BY THE LUPOFFS, PLUS A CARTOON BY ATOM AND FOUR PAGES OF REVIEWS BY ROBERT COULSON FOR HIS SILVER DAGGER COLUMN. The main focus of XERO, a Hugo award winning fanzine edited and published by Dick and Pat Lupoff from 1960 to 1963, was science fiction and comic books. XERO is considered to be the direct antecedent of later fanzines devoted to comics. The first issue was distributed 3-5 September 1960, at Pittcon (the 18th World Science Fiction Convention in Pittsburgh). The letters in the archive were written by James Blish, Avram Davidson (soon to be editor of THE MAGAZINE OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY), L. Sprague de Camp, Frederik Pohl (editor of GALAXY), Donald A. Wollheim (editor of Ace Books), Emile Greenleaf, Lewis Forbes, Ray Bean, Betty Kujawa, Bob Shea, Jim Moriarity, Bob Leman, Ethel Lindsay (editor of SCOTTISHE; THE LINDSAY REPORT), John Baxter, George R. Heap, Walt Willis (editor of SLANT, the first Irish fanzine), Harry Warner, and "Bob" and "Steve" (neither of whom have been identified yet). The main topics of most of the letters are "Another God Damn Poll," a questionnaire about the political preferences of SF fans, and the essays, articles and letters published in XERO #7, especially "Don't Call Us / We'll Call You," Donald E. Westlake's farewell to SF. Among the highlights are a 3-page letter from James Blish entirely devoted to theological SF, an incredible 7-page letter from Avram Davidson on Heinlein, Lin Carter's "Notes on Tolkien," Westlake's essay, and other topics, de Camp's full-page reply to Westlake's statement that "de Camp and a lot of others aren't doing much of anything," Pohl's two-page rebuttal of the "curious Westlake piece" which is "a pretty foolish piece of work," and Wollheim's full-page letter commenting on Westlake, whose essay "strikes an honest note," Carter's reviews, "which are worth reading," and the Heinlein "job," which is "the worst thing he has ever turned out characterwise, plotwise, logicwise ..." Several of the letters are a bit wrinkled and creased, there are damp stains along the bottom edges of some of them, some have penciled checks and other marks indicating parts of letters to be used in future letter columns, but all are legible and are in good condition overall. (#155715).