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1949 by Fantasy House, a subsidiary of Lawrence Spivak’s Mercury How to write science fiction and fantasy pdf. Editors Anthony Boucher and J. The...

1949 by Fantasy House, a subsidiary of Lawrence Spivak’s Mercury How to write science fiction and fantasy pdf. Editors Anthony Boucher and J. The first issue was titled The Magazine of Fantasy, but the decision was quickly made to include science fiction as well as fantasy, and the title was changed correspondingly with the second issue. SF apart, giving it the air and authority of a superior magazine”.


SF quickly became one of the leading magazines in the science fiction and fantasy field, with a reputation for publishing literary material and including more diverse stories than its competitors. Well-known stories that appeared in its early years include Richard Matheson’s “Born of Man and Woman”, and Ward Moore’s Bring the Jubilee, a novel of an alternative history in which the South has won the American Civil War. Mills was responsible for publishing “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes, Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys, Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein, and the first of Brian Aldiss’s “Hothouse” stories.

The first few issues mostly featured cover art by George Salter, Mercury Press’s art director, but other artists soon began to appear, including Chesley Bonestell, Kelly Freas, and Ed Emshwiller. In 1962, Mills was succeeded as editor by Avram Davidson. When Davidson left at the end of 1964, Joseph Ferman, who had bought the magazine from Spivak in 1954, took over briefly as editor, though his son Edward soon began doing the editorial work under his father’s supervision.

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