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Fantasy [magazines]

Entry updated 11 April 2022. Tagged: Publication.

Title used on two early UK sf magazines.

1. UK Pulp magazine published by George Newnes Ltd, edited by T Stanhope Sprigg (1903-1977) as a companion to his highly successful Air Stories. It saw three undated issues released in Summer 1938 and Spring and Summer 1939. Its material, though now badly dated, was typical of the stereotypical pulp fiction of the day and included work by John Beynon Harris (see John Wyndham), John Russell Fearn, Eric Frank Russell and the ageing George C Wallis. Its covers were by Serge Drigin, who had painted most of the covers for Air Stories and other contributors to that pulp, notably J E Gurdon, also tried their hand at science fiction. Sprigg was interested in developing sf in Britain, but the Second World War intervened and the magazine ceased. [MA]


2. UK Digest magazine, saddle-stapled, issued by the Temple Bar Publishing Co, edited by Walter Gillings. It was subtitled "The Magazine of Science Fiction". It lasted only three issues, December 1946 and April and August 1947. It published work by Eric Frank Russell and John Russell Fearn and three early stories by Arthur C Clarke (two under pseudonyms, as by E G O'Brien and Charles Willis). The magazine was starved by paper restrictions, but Gillings was able to use some of his backlog of stories when he became the first editor of Science Fantasy in 1950. [BS/PN/MA]


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