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Worlds Beyond

Entry updated 21 August 2012. Tagged: Publication.

US Digest-size magazine; three issues, monthly December 1950 to February 1951, published by Hillman Periodicals; edited by Damon Knight. Worlds Beyond was divided between original and reprint material, and between sf and fantasy. New stories of note included "Null-P" by William Tenn (January 1951) and Harry Harrison's first story, "Rock Diver" (February 1951); Harrison also did illustrations for the magazine. Other contributors included C M Kornbluth, Richard Matheson and Jack Vance. Knight wrote book reviews. Worlds Beyond was cancelled by the publisher after adverse sales reports on the first issue which came in after publication of the third issue. It was a very creditable magazine with Knight drawing upon work by writers outside the genre, such as Graham Greene (1904-1991), Rudyard Kipling and Philip Wylie, much as was happening at The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Had Knight had the full support of his publisher he would doubtless have developed a significant magazine. [MJE/MA]


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