Unearth – The Magazine of Science Fiction Discoveries

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One of the more famous discoveries

Unearth was one of the titles that appeared during the brief  renaisance of magazine SF that began in 1977. The magazine’s policy was to find and develop new writers (it was sub-titled “The Magazine of Science Fiction Discoveries”). Initially, apart from the reprint “First Sales”, the fiction was by entirely unknown writers. During the magazine’s existance this policy
was expanded to include writers who had made three or fewer professional sales and all writers whose first sale had been to Unearth. Somtow Sucharitkul and William Gibson made their first sales to this magazine.

Sucharitkul also contributed a column on music in SF to Issue 6.

Other features included a regular science column by Hal Clement, a semi-regular column on writing by Harlan Ellison (with one colmn each by John M. Landsberg and Charles Platt), a regular film column by Craig Gardner and a regular book column by various writers.

All issues jointly edited by John M. Landsberg & Jonathon Ostrowsky-Lantz

First three issues folded and staped but remaining five properly bound digest size magazines. There were four issues in 1977, three in 1978 and one – the second anniversary issue – in 1979.

FICTION INDEX

Poul Anderson
Tomorrow’s Children(r)………………………Summer 1978

Mike Baron
Mrs. Millman Speaks………………………………..Fall 1977

Steven Bryan Bieler
Pastime…………………………………………….Winter 1979

James Blaylock
Red Planet………………………………………Summer 1977
The Ape-Box Affair……………………………..Spring 1978

Richard Bowker
Side Effect………………………………………Summer 1977
The Earth-Work…………………………………Winter 1979

Algis Budrys
Walk to the World(r)………………………..Summer 1977

Laura E. Campbell
Of Wyli Born……………………………………..Spring 1978

Rachel Susan Canon
Unwinding(/Harlan Ellison)*………………….Winter 1979

Hal Clement
Proof(r)……………………………………………..Spring 1977

Caroline Dechert
Alarice Aristhe (poem)……………………………Fall 1977

David DeWitt
Midwatch…………………………………………Winter 1978

Philip K. Dick
Roog(r)…………………………………………..Winter 1979

Chris Dornan
The Night the Arcturians Landed………………Winter 1977
Man in Vacuum……………………………………..Spring 1977
Film Noir…………………………………………………Fall 1977

Harlan Ellison
Glowworm(r)………………………………………Winter 1977

Meg Files
Has the Rain a Father?…………………………..Spring 1978

Paul Di Filippo
Falling Expectations…………………………….Winter 1977

David Frieze
Nocturne……………………………………………Spring 1977

Craig Shaw Gardner
Rocket Roll…………………………………………Spring 1978
Dance the Night Away………………………….Winter 1979

William Gibson
Fragments of a Hologram Rose…………………Summer 1977

Daniel Gordon
Uphill Racer…………………………………….Spring 1978

Keith L. Justice
The Symbol Hunter…………………………..Spring 1977

John Kelly
McPeter’s Intergalactic Circus…………………Fall 1977
The Last of the Demons………………………Winter 1978

Bruce Kent
The Last Sane Man on the Island of “Madhattan”…..Fall 1977

Damon Knight
Resilience(r)……………………………………Spring 1978

Fritz Leiber
The Automatic Pistol(r)……………………..Winter 1979

Kevin A. Lyons
The Star Creature………………………………….Winter 1979

K.W. MacAnn
The Two Christs of Ward Seven………………..Winter 1977

Michael Moorcock
The Dreaming City(r)…………………………….Winter 1979

Neil Olonoff
Indian Summer…………………………………….Summer 1978

Toby Perkins
Locksmith and Master of Love…………………Summer 1977

D.C. Poyer
Act of Mercy…………………………………………..Winter 1978

Rudy Rucker
Spacetime Donuts**……………..Summer 1978 – Winter 1979

Richard P. Saggio
Compliments of the Founding Fathers…………..Spring 1978

Daniel C. Smith
Opportunity…………………………………………….Winter 1977

Norman Spinrad
The Last of the Romany(r)……………………………..Fall 1977

Somtow Sucharitkul
Sunsteps………………………………………………Summer 1977

Timothy Robert Sullivan
Tachyon Rag……………………………………………Spring 1977
Downward to Darkness………………Fall 1977 – Winter 1978

Sterling Taylor
Garden Gate……………………………………………Spring 1977

Debra Thrall
Thanatos Coming……………………………………Winter 1977

Steve Vance

Conjugal Rites……………………………………….Winter 1978

The Seven Lions of The Sun……………………Summer 1978

Kate Wilhelm
The Mile-Long Spaceship(r)…………………..Winter 1978

Danny Williams
Skate Boat…………………………………Winter 1977

Roger Zelazny
Passion Play(r)…………………………….Winter 1978

*  Story Contest Winner

** This was supposed to be a three part serial but part III
did not appear due to the magazine folding

(r) Reprint  “First Sale” story
COVER ARTISTS

Thomas Barber
Fall 1977

Clyde Caldwell
Winter 1978 for Conjugal Rites
Spring 1978 for Rocket Roll
Winter 1979

Martha Flood
Summer 1977 for Fragments of a Hologram Rose

Steven Gildea
Winter 1977
Spring 1977 for Man in Vacuum

Paul Till
Summer 1978 for The Seven Lions of the Sun

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2 Responses to “Unearth – The Magazine of Science Fiction Discoveries”

  1. Steve Vance Says:

    I enjoyed this brief look back at a fine magazine that was a great help to me early on. I always counted myself lucky to have been a part of its brief existence (and that both of my stories somehow rated cover art status). Steve Vance.

  2. David DeWitt Says:

    I appeared in the magazine in winter 1978 with Midwatch. it was the first story they had accepted of an abnormal Length. It was a novellaand I was happy to see all of the artwork they put into it which was terrific. I have published a few other stories but never became a writer except for a few short stories in Kindle editions. today I am an abstract Impressionist painter living in Myrtle Beach South Carolina.

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