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Science Fiction Classics

Entry updated 2 April 2015. Tagged: Publication.

One of the many reprint Digest-size magazines published by Sol Cohen's Ultimate Publishing, 30 issues, edited by Herb Lehrman as Ralph Adris #1-#5, then edited by Cohen. It began February 1967, published #1-#6 in 1967-1968 as Science Fiction Classics and #7-#8 in 1969 as Science Fiction (Adventure) Classics. It resumed publication in Winter 1970 under the latter title with #12 and published 22 more issues before merging with Thrilling Science Fiction (see The Most Thrilling Science Fiction Ever Told) in early 1975. Science Fiction Classics was numbered consecutively up to #19, and thereafter merely dated. The schedule was irregular. The hiatus in numbering (#9-#11 missing) is connected with the fact that two other magazines took up their numbering from Science Fiction Classics in 1969: Space Adventures (Classics) published six issues numbered #9-#14, and Strange Fantasy published 6 issues numbered #8-#13; they folded in 1971 and 1970 respectively.

In its early issues Science Fiction Classics used a great deal of material from the 1930s Amazing, reprinting stories by John W Campbell Jr, Hugo Gernsback, Edmond Hamilton and others, but from #13 it reprinted mainly poor stories from the period of Raymond A Palmer's editorship. Variant titles were Science Fiction Adventures Classics (July 1973-July 1974) and Science Fiction Adventures (January-May 1973, September and November 1974); the latter should not be confused with the three earlier magazines published as Science Fiction Adventures. [BS]


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