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Alien Critic, The

Entry updated 18 June 2021. Tagged: Fan, Publication.


US Fanzine edited from Portland, Oregon, by Richard E Geis. For its first three issues, The Alien Critic was an informal magazine written entirely by the editor and titled Richard E. Geis. With the title-change in 1973, the magazine's contents began to diversify, featuring regular columns by John Brunner and Ted White as well as a variety of articles and a series of interviews with sf authors and artists, although its characteristic flavour still derived from the editor's own outspoken reviews and commentary. The letter column was a regular venue for often outspoken controversy in which both fans and professionals participated. With #12 in 1975 the title changed to Science Fiction Review, a title used also by Geis for his previous fanzine Psychotic. The Alien Critic/Science Fiction Review won Hugos for Best Fanzine in 1974 (shared), 1975, 1977 and 1979. The Alien Critic's circulation became quite wide, and it effectively became a Semiprozine. A small amount of fiction appeared, mostly reprints and vignettes but including a serialization in four parts of Geis's novel "One Immortal Man" (May-November/December 1978). In pain from arthritis, Geis cancelled the magazine after #61 in November 1986, though he continued to publish shorter, more personal fanzines under other titles. [MJE/PN/DRL]

see also Science Fiction Review.


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