Eternity Science Fiction

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US letter-size Semiprozine, which saw two series: four issues July 1972-February (undated) 1975; two undated issues Winter 1979-Spring 1980; published and edited from South Carolina by Stephen Gregg (1954-2005). Eternity Science Fiction was well produced, though the first issue still looked too non-professional. Gregg wanted to promote poetry and graphic art as well as fiction, and Eternity SF published a fair quota of verse including poetry by David R Bunch, Scott Edelstein and Roger Zelazny. The graphic art, without the advances in computers, were less successful, but Gregg did acquire attractive covers and interior illustrations by Vincent Di Fate, Stephen Fabian, Tim Kirk and Ed {ROMERO}. Amongst the fiction were stories by Joseph Green, Barry N Malzberg, Andrew J Offutt and Roger Zelazny, as well as early work by Ed Bryant, Glen Cook and Arthur Byron Cover with some emphasis on experimental fiction. The strongest feature in the magazine, though, was the nonfiction including Philip K Dick's "Notes Made Late at Night by a Weary SF Writer" (July 1972) and interviews with Thomas M Disch and Damon Knight with Kate Wilhelm. Gregg struggled to gain wider distribution for the magazine, but it remained undercapitalized and issues grew more and more delayed. In 1979 Gregg started over again with a new issue #1 and a much improved presentation. The new Eternity SF reprinted some material from the earlier issues plus new material, including Orson Scott Card's "The Tinker" (Spring 1980), part of his Worthing Saga. Unfortunately cost again proved prohibitive and Eternity SF returned to rest after what was a valiant attempt. [MA/FHP/PN]

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