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Fantasy Book

Entry updated 5 September 2018. Tagged: Publication.


1. US Semiprozine issued initially in letter-size for two issues and then various Digest-size formats. Eight undated issues published between July 1947 and January 1951; irregular. Published by Fantasy Publishing Company Inc; edited by Garret Ford (pseudonym of William L Crawford). Fantasy Book was generally an undistinguished and erratic magazine. Some issues appeared in three different editions with different covers. Fantasy Book is best remembered for publishing "The People of the Crater" (1947 #1), the first sf story by Andre Norton (as Andrew North) and Paul Linebarger's first story as Cordwainer Smith, "Scanners Live in Vain" (January 1950 #6). When it ceased publication it left incomplete a Murray Leinster serial, "Journey to Barkut"; this later appeared in full in Startling Stories (January 1952), and in book form as Gateway to Elsewhere (1954). [MJE/PN]


2. US Semiprozine, letter-size, with 23 issues October 1981 to March 1987, edited by Dennis Mallonee and Nick Smith from Pasadena, California, bimonthly, then quarterly from #4. Unlike the first Fantasy Book, to which it was unconnected, this published almost no sf, concentrating on fantasy and horror. Its authors included R A Lafferty, Alan Dean Foster, Harry Turtledove (as Eric G Iverson) and Ian Watson. Circulation seldom rose above 3000. [MJE/PN/MA]


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