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Psychotic

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

US Fanzine, edited by Richard E Geis; begun 1953; after 20 issues retitled Science Fiction Review for three issues in 1955; then stopped publishing. Geis resumed it with Psychotic #21 in 1967, then again changed the title to Science Fiction Review from #28. It was by this time printing more serious reviews and interviews, though its main feature remained Geis's amusing, rambling, personal comments. As Science Fiction Review it won a Hugo for Best Fanzine in 1969 and 1970; in its first incarnation Science Fiction Review ended with #43, March 1971, at which point it had a circulation, unusually high for a fanzine, of 1700. The editor also won seven Hugos as Best Fan Writer; six were for his work in The Alien Critic, a later fanzine he began in 1973 and which itself, confusingly, underwent a change of title to Science Fiction Review in 1975. This change was a consequence of litigation threatened (most unreasonably, it would seem) by a US non-sf magazine called The Critic. [PN]

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