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Infinity Science Fiction

Entry updated 24 August 2017. Tagged: Publication.


US Digest-size magazine. 20 issues November 1955 to November 1958, published by Royal Publications, edited by Larry T Shaw; irregular, with four months between some issues, one month between others. Infinity Science Fiction was one of the most interesting of the flood of new sf magazines in the early and mid-1950s. Its first issue featured Arthur C Clarke's Hugo-winning story "The Star" (November 1955), and the magazine went on to publish other good stories by such authors as Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Algis Budrys, Damon Knight and C M Kornbluth; Harlan Ellison made his debut here with "Glow Worm" (February 1956). Robert Silverberg was another regular, and sometimes prolific, contributor; the final issue contained book reviews by him and also three of his stories (including "Ozymandias", published as by Ivar Jorgenson). Damon Knight had earlier been Infinity Science Fiction's regular critic; much of the material in In Search of Wonder (coll 1956; exp 1967; exp 1996) originated in Infinity Science Fiction. After the first issue, all the covers were painted by Ed Emshwiller. The original anthology series Infinity described itself as the "lineal descendant" of Infinity Science Fiction. [MJE]


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