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Futurian, The

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

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UK Fanzine (1938-1940), edited from Leeds, Yorkshire, by J Michael Rosenblum as "A Green Jester Publication". Eight typeset issues on an approximately quarterly schedule from June 1938 to Spring 1940.

A continuation of the Leeds Science Fiction League's Bulletin (2 issues, January and March 1938), The Futurian was a small printed publication featuring fiction, Poetry and articles by leading sf fans of the day, including Arthur C Clarke, Ralph Milne Farley, John Russell Fearn, David H Keller, Frederik Pohl and William F Temple. Selected contributions are assembled as Extracts from The Futurian (anth 1939 chap).

Other important pre-World War Two UK fanzines were John Christopher's The Fantast, Jonathan Burke's and Charles Eric Maine's The Satellite, Douglas W F Mayer's Tomorrow (official quarterly journal of the Science Fiction Association, incorporating Walter Gillings's Scientifiction) and Maurice K Hanson's Novae Terrae (later New Worlds).

Reincarnated in slim 2pp format, first as the bimonthly The Pseudo-Futurian! (four issues, June-September 1940) and then as the Newszine Futurian War Digest (which see), Rosenblum's fanzine became a focal point for UK fandom during the World War Two years when sf and amateur publishing faced considerable difficulties. It was revived as The New Futurian 1954-1958. [PR/DRL]

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