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Fantasy Review

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

1. UK Amateur Magazine, edited by Walter Gillings; 18 issues March 1947 to Spring 1950. Gillings, previously editor of several UK SF MagazinesTales of Wonder (1937-1942), Strange Tales (1946) and Fantasy (1946-1947) – found himself needing an outlet for his energies after the demise of the latter title and began Fantasy Review, which was almost identical in format and content to his earlier fanzine Scientifiction (7 issues January 1937 to March 1938) and later fanzine Cosmos (3 issues April-June 1969). It carried reviews and sf news items (see Newszines), and was professional in appearance. For its last three numbers the title changed to Science-Fantasy Review. When in 1950 Gillings was given the editorship of Science Fantasy, the new sister magazine to Nova Publications' New Worlds, he incorporated Science-Fantasy Review into its first two issues as a news-chat section; this disappeared when John Carnell assumed the editorship of Science Fantasy with #3 and, as a consequence, Gillings lost control of it. [PN/MA]

2. US monthly critical Semiprozine, founded as Fantasy Newsletter by Paul C Allen in Rochester, New York, as, literally, an 8pp newsletter in June 1978, but becoming a magazine in January 1980, ceasing publication in October 1981. It was revived at once, however, by Robert A Collins, director of the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts at Florida Atlantic University. The magazine, which had always published interesting features, gained much strength when amalgamated at the beginning of 1984 with Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review (Neil Barron, editor of the latter, becoming review editor) with a new title, Fantasy Review, but a continuation of the previous numeration. (The logo showed SF & Fantasy Review for several months, with the "SF" very small; it was soon dropped.) Fantasy Review had the widest (though not necessarily deepest) sf-book-review coverage in the US and probably the world, covering fantasy and horror as well as sf. Later review editors were Carol McGuirk and Rob Latham. Quite handsomely produced, Fantasy Review had the usual difficulty in finding a commercially viable market for a magazine of the standard desired by the editor, and folded with #103, July/August 1987. The review section continued less usefully in annual form from 1988, as Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review Annual, with Collins and Latham co-editors. [PN]


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