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Yellow Magazine, The

Entry updated 10 April 2015. Tagged: Publication.

UK fortnightly general fiction magazine published by Amalgamated Press, London; 130 issues, 23 September 1921 to 17 September 1926, appeared alternate Fridays with The Red Magazine, both edited by John Stock. The magazine was very similar to The Red, though if anything was more light-hearted. For the five years it existed it seemed to siphon away from The Red much of its mystery fiction and science fiction. Many of the same contributors appeared: R Coutts Armour, writing mostly as Coutts Brisbane and Reid Whitley, James Barr, Leslie Beresford and Stephen Phillips. Armour's stories were a similar mix of light-hearted fantasy with occasional bizarre scientific speculation. Examples include "Ex Terra (Special)" (24 February 1922), in which Earth is invaded by some odd-looking Moonmen, and the series The Mutations of Hiram (26 January-6 April 1923), telling the exploits of an immortal at different times in history (see Immortality). Although most of Armour's humorous Alien stories, prefiguring the work of Stanley G Weinbaum, appeared in The Red, at least one escaped to The Yellow: "The End – and the Beginning" (26 June-10 July 1925), set on Mars. In similar vein is The Interventions of Professor Telepath (stories 3 November 1922-12 January 1923) by J Russell Warren (1886-1954) in which a Psionic Invention allows the wearer to hear other's thoughts, with humorous results. Rather more serious and important are the stories in the occasional series Overlords of Earth (began 18 April 1924) by Charles G D Roberts which relate the adventures of a prehistoric tribe (see Prehistoric SF) descended from those described in In the Morning of Time (coll 1919), though this series was not collected in book form. Alan Sullivan's In the Beginning (11 December 1925-2 April 1926; 1927) is a Lost Race serial involving Dinosaurs in Patagonia.

The Yellow had a short-lived companion, The Green Magazine (30 issues, 7 November 1922 to 18 December 1923), which concentrated mostly on sports fiction and rugged outdoor adventures but included just a handful of sf stories – notably R Coutts Armour's at least superficially prophetic stories about Climate Change, "Weather or No" (9 October 1923) as by Coutts Brisbane. [MA]

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