FORTEAN TIMES, (ed. Bob Rickard & Paul Sieveking)
Title Fortean Times no 58.
Binding Stapled pictorial wrappers.
Book Condition Near fine (NF) copy.
Edition First edition (& 1st printing).
Publisher John Brown Publishing: London. 1991.
Seller ID 42552
Issue 58 (July 1991) of Fortean Times: The Journal Of Strange Phenomena. British monthly magazine devoted to the anomalous phenomena popularised by Charles Fort, begun by editor and publisher Bob Rickard as a fazine titled The News: ''A Miscellany of Fortean Curiosities'', of which fifteen issues were published between 1973-1976, after which it was renamed FORTEAN TIMES. And still going strong today (the February 2017 issue was no 350) as a glossy, professional newstand magazine.
''working from extensive notes collected mainly from newspapers, magazines and scientific journals, Fort compiled a series of books containing accounts of ''inexplicable'' incidents and phenomena; unusual phenomena that recurred repeatedly, such as rains of fish or frogs, poltergeist activity, mysterious disappearances and UFOs. Though characterized as an anti-Scientist, Fort reserved his attacks for the ''scientific priestcraft'' and their dogmatic ''damning'' of unconventional or unwanted observations. Fort's own belief was simply a monistic faith in the unity of all things, and this forms the principal connection between his apparently unrelated groups of data. His books are written in an eccentric style and are interspersed with wilfully absurd theories and ideas. Fort's list of bizarre observations and events, together with his demand for original and undogmatic interpretation, influenced and stimulated many sf writers. Early examples are ''The Thing from Outside'' (April 1923 Science and Invention) by George Allan England and ''The Space Visitors'' (March 1930 Air Wonder Stories) by Edmond Hamilton. Fort's most enthusiastic sf follower was Eric Frank Russell, who considered him ''the only real genius sf ever had''; Russell's Sinister Barrier (March 1939 Unknown; 1943; rev 1948) and Dreadful Sanctuary (June-August 1948 Astounding; 1951; rev 1963) followed the serialization of Fort's Lo! in Astounding in May-November 1934'' (Peter Roberts/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).