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Science Fiction Digest

Entry updated 21 August 2012. Tagged: Publication.


1. US Digest-size magazine. Two issues, February and May 1954, published by Specific Fiction Corporation, New York, edited by Chester Whitehorn. Science Fiction Digest was intended as a reprint magazine which would take its material from the slick general-fiction magazines and other sources, but the selections were weak and it quickly failed. Its (purportedly) nonfiction articles had a strong occult and ESP bent. The same publisher and editor had already failed with Vortex Science Fiction the previous year.


2. US Digest-sized magazine. Four issues October/November 1981 to September/October 1982, edited by Shawna McCarthy, published by Davis Publications, New York, as a companion magazine to Asimov's Science Fiction. This was an experiment in presenting excerpts from forthcoming books, both fiction and nonfiction, in the form of self-sufficient episodes. #4 was a 288pp double issue. The idea that the magazine would help promote the books was basically flawed in an age when the paperback novel was well outselling magazines.


3. Fanzine founded in 1932, better known under the title to which it changed its name in 1934, Fantasy Magazine (which see for details).

None of these magazines should be confused with the UK SF Digest. [FHP/PN/MA]

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