Science Fantasy was a British fantasy and science fiction magazine,
launched in 1950 by Nova Publications. John Carnell edited the magazine
beginning with the third issue, typically running a long lead novelette
along with several shorter stories. Prominent contributors in the 1950s
included John Brunner, Ken Bulmer, and Brian Aldiss, whose first novel
Nonstop appeared (in an early version) in the February 1956 issue.
Fantasy stories began to appear more frequently during the latter half
of the 1950s, and in the early 1960s Carnell began to publish Thomas
Burnett Swann's well-received historical fantasies. In the early 1960s
Carnell's efforts were rewarded with three consecutive Hugo nominations
for best magazine. After Nova went out of business in early 1964,
Roberts & Vinter took over as publishers until 1967. Kyril Bonfiglioli,
the editor, attracted new writers, including Keith Roberts, Brian
Stableford and Josephine Saxton. In the opinion of science fiction
historian Mike Ashley, the final year of the magazine, when it was
renamed Impulse, included some of the best material ever published in a
British science fiction magazine.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_Fantasy_%28magazine%29>
Today's selected anniversaries:
The VOC sailing ship Eendracht reached Shark Bay on the western
coastline of Australia, as documented on the Hartog Plate etched by
explorer Dirk Hartog.
USS Tang, the U.S. Navy submarine credited with sinking more
ships than any other American submarine, sank when it was struck by its
Proceedings on the Hague Abduction Convention, a multilateral
treaty providing an expeditious method to return a child taken from one
member nation to another, concluded at The Hague.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
An enclosed piece of land, usually small and arable and used for small-
scale food production, and often with a dwelling next to it; in
particular, such a piece of land rented to a farmer (a crofter),
especially in Scotland, together with a right to use separate
pastureland shared by other crofters.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The greatest danger that threatens us is neither heterodox
thought nor orthodox thought, but the absence of thought.
--Henry Steele Commager
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