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Amateur Science Stories

Entry updated 21 June 2021. Tagged: Fan, Publication.

UK Amateur Magazine published from Leeds, West Yorkshire, by the fan-run SFA (Science Fiction Association) and edited by Douglas W F Mayer. Paper size 8½in x 14in. Three issues only, October 1937 (9pp), December 1937 (16pp) and March 1938 (18pp).

This fiction Fanzine is mildly notable for its publication of Arthur C Clarke's first three stories, beginning with "Travel by Wire!" (December 1937). All the fiction content was supplied by Clarke (#2, #3), William F Temple writing as Temple Williams (#1) and Eric C Williams (#2, #3). Clarke's "How We Went to Mars" (March 1938) won a Retro Hugo, on the strength of its author's later reputation rather than any particular quality of its own. Other SFA publications included Novae Terrae and Tomorrow. [DRL]


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