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Entry updated 17 July 2021. Tagged: Publication.

Amateur Magazine published from Oxford, Oxfordshire, by members of the Oxford University Speculative Fiction Group. The various editors/co-editors included Chris Morgan as C J K Morgan, Diana Reed, Allan Scott, Kevin Smith and (new series) Neal Tringham. First series of twelve issues, 1969-October 1978, initially duplicated on UK quarto paper (10 x 8 in), with lithographed covers from #4 (August 1971); A4 litho throughout from #6 (October 1972). "New series" with seven known issues, restarting from #1 (?1982) and continuing to #7 (May 1995).

SFinx is of sf interest for its reasonably high quality of fiction (at least for a university magazine) and its publication of early work by several authors given entries in this encyclopedia. Featured OUSFG members included Chris Morgan from #1 (1969), Philip Payne – later Phil Stephensen-Payne – in #3 (October 1970), Allan Scott from #3, David Langford from #5 (dated 1971 but January 1972), Michael Scott Rohan in #7 (January 1973) and Colin Greenland in #10 (January 1975). Further "outside" contributors included Robert P Holdstock from #7, Ian Watson – then living in Oxford – from #8 (Summer 1973), Andrew Darlington from #9 (March 1974) and Steve Sneyd in #9. Among the illustrators for the first series were Alan Hunter and Andrew M Stephenson.

The second series of SFinx featured Neal Tringham in #4 (January 1987) and Frances Hardinge in #7 (May 1995). Tringham edited the eight-story reprint anthology The Best of Sfinx 1969-84 (anth 1988 chap) for OUSFG. [DRL]

further reading

  • Neal Tringham, editor. The Best of Sfinx 1969-84 (Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Speculative Fiction Group, 1988) [anth: chap: pb/Jon Langford from SFinx #10]

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