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Futures Past

Entry updated 14 July 2023. Tagged: Publication.

US historical Semiprozine edited by Jim Emerson, published from Convoy, Ohio, letter-size format, saddle-stapled. Three issues in 1992 and a fourth in 1994.

This ambitious venture, a contribution to the History of SF subtitled "A Visual Guidebook To Science Fiction History", was sadly soon aborted in its initial form. Each issue, as intended, covered the history of one year in sf, beginning with the year 1926 (taking the launch of Amazing Stories as marking the beginning of Genre SF), and ending with 1929. Articles, biographies, checklists, movie lists and chronologies – all well researched – were interspersed with magazine illustrations and photographs somewhat smudgily reproduced.

In 2020, Emerson began to release in book form a reconfigured and much expanded presentation of his venture as the Futures Past sequence [see below], now with high-quality illustrations and photographs. [PN/DRL]

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