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Rosenblum, J Michael

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

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(1917-1978) One of the early major figures in UK Fandom, active from the mid-1930s in the Leeds sf group, about whose internal controversies he wrote in Thrilling Wonder Stories for February 1938; he attended the historically important 1937 Convention held in Leeds, West Yorkshire. His Fanzines included The Futurian (8 issues 1938-1940), its short-lived replacement The Pseudo-Futurian (4 issues 1940), Futurian War Digest (39 issues 1940-1945) and New Futurian (8 issues 1954-1958); the "Futurian" title tradition was continued by his son Howard Rosenblum (1948-2013) with Son of New Futurian (1968-1977). Selected contributions to The Futurian are assembled as Extracts from The Futurian (anth 1939 chap).

Further fanzines to which Rosenblum senior contributed include John Carnell's New Worlds in 1939 and Harry Warner Jr's Spaceways in 1940. He was also active in the 1942-1946 British Fantasy Society – editing the three 1942 issues of its British Fantasy Fan Federation Preliminary Bulletin (see British Fantasy Society Bulletin) – and in the British Science Fiction Association during its early years from 1958, including two appearances in the BSFA magazine Vector. [DRL]

see also: Futurians.

John Michael Rosenblum

born Leeds, West Yorkshire: 7 November 1917

died Leeds, West Yorkshire: 28 June 1978

works as editor

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