Science Fiction Monthly: all 28 of 28 issues published [in original purple binders].

By: SCIENCE FICTION MONTHLY (UK: 1974-1976),

Price: £195.00

Quantity: 1 available

Grading: Near fine (NF) copies with a little browning to pages.


All 28 issues published 1974-1976, edited by Aune Butt (first four issues), then Julie Davis for the rest. ''This was primarily a poster magazine. It reprinted paperback cover paintings on extra large pages and was issued unstapled, allowing the ''prints'' to be easily removed and mounted. The issues were filled out with stories and articles. Sales dropped steadily as the novelty wore off'' (Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Weird Fiction Magazine Index: 1890-2006, by Stephen T. Miller & William G. Contento). Twenty-four issues are in two purple binders supplied by the publisher (detachable - not bound in) and the last four are in a third binder. Because this third binder was intended to hold twelve more issues (and not four), these four issues have a crease running down the spine.

''UK magazine, tabloid-size (28mm x 40cm). 28 monthly issues Feb 1974 - May 1976 (2 vols of 12 issues, a third vol of 4 issues), numbered, undated, published by New English Library . Born after the demise of NEW WORLDS, Science Fiction Monthly - published by a paperback-book company which had a big sf list - was the only UK sf magazine of its time. It featured much full-page colour artwork, often in the form of pull-out posters, in an effort to find a teenage audience similar to that for pop-music magazines. Neither editor had previous experience of sf, and at first the quality of fiction was low, though it improved under Julie Davis's editorship. From the beginning a feature was the number of well researched factual articles, review pages, news pages and interviews, with Mike Ashley and Walter Gillings regular contributors. Featured UK authors included Robert P. Holdstock, Bob Shaw, Brian M. Stableford and Ian Watson; reprints of well known US stories also appeared. The juvenile policy succeeded at first, but circulation dropped from above 100,000 to below 20,000. A plan to replace it with SF DIGEST was aborted. A spin-off book is The Best of Science Fiction Monthly (1975) ed. Janet Sacks'' (Frank H. Parnell & Peter Nicholls/Encyclopedia of SF).

Title: Science Fiction Monthly: all 28 of 28 issues published [in original purple binders].

Author Name: SCIENCE FICTION MONTHLY (UK: 1974-1976),

Categories: ART & ILLUSTRATED, PULPS & PULP-RELATED,

Edition: First editions (& 1st printings).

Publisher: New English Library (NEL): London.: 1974-1976.

Binding: Oversize magazines.

Grading: Near fine (NF) copies with a little browning to pages.

Seller ID: 29568