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Entry updated 19 February 2024. Tagged: Fan, Publication.

Norwegian Fanzine; 40 issues published 1974-1998 by the Oslo Students' SF Club, Aniara – the name taken from Harry Martinson's poem Aniara (1956) – whose founding editor was Øystein Sørensen. Published 3-4 times a year until 1979; more irregular during the 1980s; guest editors 1989-1991, then edited regularly by Cirstyn Bech-Yagher 1991-1998.

Regarded as the best Norwegian sf fanzine of all time, its most voluminous issues consisted of 150-160 pages printed in two sections. Algernon published a wide range of content from articles about sf in Comics, Women in SF, sf in art and avant-garde Cinema, Future Histories such as Larry Niven's Known Space and Ursula Le Guin's Hain; Interviews and literary portraits of well-known sf authors such as Brian W Aldiss, Poul Anderson, Alfred Bester, Arthur C Clarke, Philip José Farmer, Larry Niven, Bob Shaw, Robert Silverberg, Jack Vance, and Donald A Wollheim; short stories by and interviews with Norwegian sf authors such as Jon Bing, Tore Bjerke, Tor Åge Bringsværd, Peter Haars, Ingar Knudtsen Jr, Dag Ove Johansen, Øyvind Myhre, Per G Olsen and Roar Ringdahl. In addition others contributed short stories: Brian W Aldiss, Poul Anderson, Tore G Bareksten, Ambrose Bierce, Leonard Borgzinner, Åsmund Forfang, Einar Gjærevold, Reidar Jensen, Dag Ove Johansen, Øyvind Myhre, Bertil Mårtensson and Cato Pellegrini. Highlights included three serials: Roar Ringdahl's and Per G Olsen's Nazna ["Nazna"] (February-December 1976 Algernon #8-11; 1977); its sequel "Frack/Fraque" ["Frack/Fraque"] (November 1977-January 1983 Algernon #14-26), never completed or published in book form; and "De kalte ham Coke" ["They Called Him Coke"] (December 1976-January 1982 Algernon #11-25; the complete novel published as Algernon #26 1983) by the hoax "Cecilia Horgen" (Tore G Bareksten and Per G Olsen); and of course many book reviews and readers' letters.

For a free download of the complete run of Algernon, see under links below. [CPe]


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