THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION at 70

Sep 30, 2019 by

For more years than we can count, the publishers of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION  have been donating copies of their back issues to the members of PulpFest and its predecessor, Pulpcon.

In the fall of 1949, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY first appeared on newsstands. A digest magazine that began as a quarterly, it added the words, “. . . AND SCIENCE FICTION” to its title with the Winter-Spring 1950 issue.

First edited by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas and published by Lawrence Spivak, its founders sought to move away from pulp concepts. They asked writers for science fiction and fantasy that met “the literary standards of the slick magazines that had shaped U. S. short-story writing between the wars.” Publishing works such as Richard Matheson’s “Born of Man and Woman,” the “People” series by Zenna Henderson, Walter Miller’s stories that served as the basis for the award-winning novel, A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ, Daniel Keyes’ “Flowers for Algernon,” Roger Zelazny’s “A Rose for Ecclesiastes,” and many other classic tales, F&SF has played a tremendous role in humanizing science fiction and helping it mature as a fiction genre.

THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION will soon publish its 746th issue. Congratulations to current publisher Gordon Van Gelder and editor C. C. Finlay.

(The debut issue of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY was dated Fall 1949. It featured a photographic cover created by Bill Stone. The artist would go on to create two similar covers for FANTASY FICTION in 1950.)

Free Stuff at PulpFest 2019

Jul 4, 2019 by

Bring on the fireworks! It’s time to celebrate our nation’s freedom. What better time for PulpFest to say thanks for all of the donations we’ve received? We’ll be giving them to our members free of charge. The only requirement is to attend PulpFest 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry between August 15 and August 18!

In alphabetical order, we’d like to thank Dustin Wright and Chaosium Inc., the publisher of CALL OF CTHULHU and other role-playing games. Chaosium has donated a selection of horror and fantasy books to be used as door prizes during PulpFest 2019.

Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. has donated several softcover copies of books inspired by the fantastic work of Edgar Rice Burroughs. PulpFest is also happy to welcome Christopher Paul Carey — the Director of Publishing for Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. — to this year’s convention. He’ll be reading from his own fiction and appearing on a number of panels. Christopher is the authorized continuation chronicler of Philip Jose Farmer’s KHOKARSA series and among the stable of licensed authors in THE WILD ADVENTURES OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS series.

Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION — celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019 — has provided PulpFest with several cartons of back issues. These will be handed out by our registration staff as long as supplies last. The award-winning magazine has been supporting PulpFest — and Pulpcon before it — for many years. We’re extremely grateful for the long-standing support of F&SF.

Science fiction and fantasy publisher Meteor House has sponsored this year’s “Welcome to PulpFest” banner. It will be on display at our registration desk. Watch for our post about this year’s banner in August.

Mike Chomko, Books — a longtime dealer at PulpFest, Pulpcon, and other conventions — has contributed a handful of recent Sherlock Holmes books to be offered as prizes to attendees of “The Game’s Afoot: Sherlock Holmes and the Pulps” on Friday evening, August 16.

Mike is also helping to sponsor our hospitality suite. PulpFest‘s host hotel has provided a room near its elevators where our members can socialize after a hearty day of collecting and programming. Stop by to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in collecting.

Raw Dog Screaming Press — the recipient of the 2018 Horror Writers Association Specialty Press Award for outstanding horror, dark fantasy, and weird fiction — for deciding to hold their “Sweet Sixteen” celebration at this year’s PulpFest. Coffee, tea, and sweets — celebrating sixteen years of high quality fiction — will be available at their “Rapid-Fire Reads” on both Friday and Saturday morning.

We’d also like to thank the many bookstores and comic shops throughout the Pittsburgh area, as well as the book fairs and conventions throughout the United States that have helped to promote “Summer’s Pulp Con” through the past year. Special thanks to Jim Beard, Steve Ericson of Books from the Crypt, Martin Grams, Steve Hager, John Koch, Sara Light-Waller, Todd McDevitt of New Dimension Comics, Heidi Ruby Miller, Curt Phillips, and Rick Thomas for their help promoting us at various venues.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, July 31 is the last day to receive the special convention rate. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Below our banner, you’ll find a link that reads “Book a Room.” Click on this link and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at the DoubleTree. You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the special rate. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the DoubleTree, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

(On July 4, the United States celebrates Independence Day. Herbert Morton Stoops‘ cover to the March 1946 issue of THE BLUE BOOK MAGAZINE — entitled “The Birth of a Nation” — is a perfect illustration for the occasion. From January through November 1946, BLUE BOOK ran an eleven-part series of Stoops cover paintings entitled “This Is Our Land.”

The first issue of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION was released in the Fall of 1949. Help it celebrate seventy years of publishing great speculative fiction by picking up a copy of the July and August 2019 number, featuring cover art by Mondolithic Studios.)