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Quarber Merkur

Entry updated 8 January 2012. Tagged: Fan, Publication.

Austrian Fanzine; edited by Franz Rottensteiner since its inception in 1963. In the argot of fans, Quarber Merkur is a "sercon" (serious and constructive) fanzine, one of the longest-running and most impressive of its type. It publishes critical, bibliographical, sociopolitical and historical studies of sf, Utopias, weird fiction and Fantasy. Averaging 90 large unillustrated pages per issue, Quarber Merkur has now published around three million words of serious criticism; it had reached #74 by the end of 1990. Contributors have included most of the major German sf critics, and writers such as Herbert W Franke and Stanisław Lem; many contributors have been from Eastern Europe. A collection of some of the best contents is Quarber Merkur (anth 1979). [PN]

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