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SF Horizons

Entry updated 21 March 2022. Tagged: Publication.

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UK critical journal edited by Brian Aldiss and Harry Harrison, with Tom Boardman acting as business manager. Digest-sized; two 64pp issues only, Spring 1964 and Winter 1965. An early attempt to establish a serious critical sf journal – and as such a precursor of FoundationSF Horizons carried critical articles by James Blish and others, including both editors. Aldiss also wrote as C C Shackleton, whose initials allegedly stood for Charles Charleston. The most notable solo piece is Aldiss's "Judgement at Jonbar" in #1, an extended discussion of Jack Williamson's The Legion of Time (May-July 1938 Astounding; rev 1952). Also featured were interviews with C S Lewis and Kingsley Amis (jointly – a three-way discussion with Aldiss), and with William S Burroughs, plus verse reprints from Robert Conquest and C S Lewis. SF Horizons was literate, quirky, caustic and short-lived; its main problem was that it appeared several years before there was a sufficient audience for such a magazine. Both issues were reprinted by Arno Press in a single volume as SF Horizons (anth 1975). In a hopeful but not continuing initiative, the title page of Aldiss and Harrison's nonfiction Original Anthology, Hell's Cartographers: Some Personal Histories of Science Fiction (anth 1975) included the series tag, "An SF HORIZONS Publication". [DRL/MJE]

see also: Jonbar Point.

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