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Nueva Dimensión

Entry updated 24 December 2020. Tagged: Publication.

["New Dimension"] The most important and longest-running sf magazine in Spain, published by Domingo Santos, Luis Vigil and Sebastián Martínez. Nueva Dimensión (1968-1983), popularly known as ND, published 148 regular issues, five extra issues and issued several collections of books. The schedule was initially bimonthly and changed to monthly after issue #20. It began with 168 pages that were reduced to 128 at the end. Over time, ND underwent several internal restructurings and even a format change from #110 to adapt it to book size.

Nueva Dimensión published stories and novellas by the most important writers of its time, from not only the US but also other countries, mainly European. It offered opportunities to Spanish and Latin American writers, being the place where the majority of the current Spanish writers found their voices. Apart from fiction, its famous green pages (due to the colour of the paper and later the ink) abounded with essays, articles, reviews, comics, news and mail from the readers that strengthened an incipient Spanish Fandom. Among its international contributors were Forrest J Ackerman, Harlan Ellison, Dean R Koontz, Robert Silverberg and Donald A Wollheim.

In May 1970, a serious encounter with Franco's censorship had international repercussions, when issue #14 was impounded for including the story "Gu ta gutarrak" ["We and Ours" in the Basque language] by Magdalena Mouján Otaño, an ironic tale about the origin of the Basques that was accused of inciting Basque separatism. See also Basque SF.

The magazine received glowing support from Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Joseph W Ferman, Alan E Nourse, Robert Silverberg, Norman Spinrad and Roger Zelazny. The influence of Nueva Dimensión was huge, not only for Spanish and Latin American fans but at a global level. It received a Special Award for Excellence in Science Fiction Magazine Production at the 1972 Los Angeles Worldcon, and in the same year the Special Professional Magazine Award at the first European "Eurocon" Convention, held in Trieste. [MV]


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