Posts Tagged ‘science fiction and fantasy magazines’

Argos Index

June 12, 2011

The final issue


Argos was a short lived (3 issues) magazine that appeared in 1988. It ought to have been successful: it featured some big-name writers – Larry Niven, Keith Laumer, John Brunner, Janet Morris and Mike Resnick (who had a story in every issue). It is always difficult for a new magazine to gain prominence on news-stands and this may have been part of the problem.

The rather amateurish cover for issue 1 probably did the magazine no favours either. Later covers were better and in my view the best was Deborah Skilton’s illustration for Jack Lovejoy’s “The Gatekeeper” that graced the final issue.

Issues 2 & 3 featured a non-fiction column by Keith Laumer and Issue 3 added a multi-author book review column. (more…)

Missing List 1 – Isaac Asimov

April 16, 2011

In Volume Two of his “History of the Science Fiction Magazine”, Michael Ashley stated that the checklists of ten influential writers from the period (April 1936 – March 1946) had to be omitted for reasons of space. One such author would surely have had to be Isaac Asimov. In this period he not only published “Nightfall” but many of his Positronic Robot and Foundation stories first appeared. Anyway, here is the checklist: (more…)

The Original BEM

November 6, 2010

SF and fantasy fans have often heard the phrase “bug-eyed monster” or its acronym “BEM”. I hereby present what I believe to be the very first example: it is the front cover of the August 1936 issue of Thrilling Wonder Stories. (more…)

Unearth – The Magazine of Science Fiction Discoveries

January 12, 2009

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. (more…)

The Saga of Felimid the Bard

January 2, 2009

These are a series of fantasy novelettes by the Australian writer Dennis Morethat might be of use to a GM setting a campaign during the period of Anglo-Saxon settlement in southern Britain. (more…)