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Venture Science Fiction

Entry updated 10 March 2019. Tagged: Publication.


1. US Digest-size magazine, sixteen issues, published by Fantasy House (a subsidiary of Mercury Publications) January 1957 to July 1958 and revived by Mercury Press, May 1969 to August 1970, in both cases a companion to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The first series saw ten bimonthly issues edited by Robert P Mills; the second series saw six quarterly issues edited by Edward Ferman. After the first series finished, the contents-page masthead in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction was altered to read "including Venture Science Fiction". Venture Science Fiction put a higher priority on action-adventure sf than did its companion, and the first series was also rather more daring in its use of controversial stories. These included Virgin Planet (January 1957; exp 1959) by Poul Anderson, "All the Colors of the Rainbow" (November 1957), Leigh Brackett's outlook on racism (see Race in SF) and C M Kornbluth's Hitler Wins story, "Two Dooms" (July 1958). In its second incarnation it featured an abridged novel in every issue, such as Edward Wellen's Hijack (May 1970; 1971) and Harry Harrison's "Plague Ship" (November 1969; exp 1970 as Spaceship Medic). Notable amongst the short fiction was an early story by James Tiptree Jr, "The Snows are Melted, the Snows are Gone" (November 1969). [BS/PN/MA]

2. The UK edition was a monthly digest magazine published by the Atlas Publishing and Distribution Co, September 1963 to December 1965 (28 issues). It reprinted most of its material from the first series of the US magazine and from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, mostly from the 1950s, but also some which had appeared after The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction's UK edition had folded in June 1965. [BS/PN]

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