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Fantasy Magazine

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

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1. A variant title (December 1933 to January 1937) of the celebrated Fanzine or Amateur Magazine (which see) Science Fiction Digest, founded 1932, of which Julius Schwartz was one of the editors. This in turn had incorporated The Time Traveller, often regarded as the first true fanzine (January 1932 #1), which Schwartz had published with Mort Weisinger. Fantasy Magazine published original fiction, factual articles, reviews, gossip and biographical pieces. The September 1935 issue is in particular notable for the publication of two Round-Robin stories. One was sf: "The Challenge from Beyond" by Murray Leinster, E E Smith, Harl Vincent, Donald Wandrei and Stanley Weinbaum. The other, also entitled The Challenge from Beyond (September 1935; 1954 chap; exp as anth 1990), was a contribution to what would be known as the Cthulhu Mythos by Robert E Howard, Frank Belknap Long, H P Lovecraft, A Merritt and C L Moore. [BS/PN/JC]

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2. The title of the first issue, February 1953, of the magazine later entitled Fantasy Fiction.

3. US Semiprozine which began as a letter-size Print Magazine, quarterly #1 ([Winter] 2005) to #6 (Spring 2007), and then converted to a monthly Online Magazine from #7 (October 2007) to #57 (December 2011). Edited by Sean Wallace and published under his Prime Books imprint until December 2011; Paul G Tremblay was co-editor for issues #5 (Winter 2006/7) and #6 (Spring 2007), and Cat Rambo for the issues from November 2007 to February 2011. John Joseph Adams was sole editor from March 2011 and also took over as publisher from January 2012, when he merged Fantasy Magazine with Lightspeed. After the merger occasional guest-edited print issues of Fantasy Magazine were issued as companions to special issues of Lightspeed and Nightmare: Women Destroy Fantasy! (#58, October 2014) edited by Cat Rambo, Queers Destroy Fantasy! (#59, December 2015) edited by Christopher Barzak, and People of ­Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy! (#60, December 2016) edited by Daniel José Older.

Both the print and online issues have been beautifully illustrated and the cover of the Summer 2006 issue by Renee LeCompte won the Chesley Award in 2007 for best magazine illustration. The contents run the full range of Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] although there is little evidence of Sword and Sorcery or much "in the tradition of Tolkien". The emphasis instead is on the modern attitude towards the fantastic from urban fantasy to Steampunk, from fairy tale to Magic Realism and from the ghost story to the surreal. Its strength of originality is due to its stable of young, new writers and its ability to sample from a wider market. Writers include, selecting from a long and enticing list, Peter S Beagle, Hal Duncan, Caitlín Kiernan, Jeffrey Ford, Theodora Goss, Kelly Link, Bruce McAllister, Holly Phillips, Tanith Lee, Tim Pratt, Cat Rambo, M Rickert, Patricia Russo, Ekaterina Sedia, Lavie Tidhar, Catherynne M Valente, Jeff VanderMeer and Erzebet YellowBoy. An anthology of all-new material, serving as a companion to the magazine, is Fantasy (anth 2007) edited by Sean Wallace and Paul G Tremblay. The magazine also began a podcast of individual stories from July 2008.

The magazine was revived as a separate entity in November 2020, edited by Arley Sorg and Christie Yant. [MA]

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