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Scientifiction [fanzine]

Entry updated 19 February 2024. Tagged: Fan, Publication.

1. UK Fanzine published by Walter Gillings from Ilford, Essex, subtitled "The British Fantasy Review". Seven issues, January 1937 to March 1938. Typeset; 5½ x 8½ in.

Scientifiction is sometimes misnamed The British Scientifiction Fantasy Review owing to a front-cover design conceit that wrapped the subtitle around the larger print of the main title; the subtitle appears below on the title page and internal running heads read "Scientifiction" only. The contents comprised sf- and fantasy-related articles, reviews, Interviews, news and commentary. Contributors included John Carnell as Ted Carnell, Arthur C Clarke, John Beynon Harris (John Wyndham), Benson Herbert, Maurice G Hugi, David H Keller, Eric Frank Russell and Julius Schwartz. Among those interviewed were Olaf Stapledon (#3, June 1937), Eric Frank Russell (#4, August 1937) and Benson Herbert (#6, January 1938). Production standards were impressively high. After the seventh and final issue the magazine was merged into Tomorrow (which see). Gillings returned to the same print format and echoed the subtitle in his later fanzine Fantasy Review.

2. Quarterly newsletter of First Fandom (which see). [DRL]


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