FUTURIAN WAR DIGEST - Issue 7 (Vol. 1, Number 7) Apr. 1941
March opened with Bulgaria joining the Axis. Hitler gives Yugoslavia an ultimatum,
and later in the month they too join it, but Turkey's leaders refuse to, defiantly
announcing: "it is better to die!"
A British raid on Norway on the 4th destroyed 11 German ships and an explosives
factory. Ten Quisling traitors were brought back to London along with 300 Norweigan
volunteers who wanted to fight the Germans. In the middle of March, Glasgow suffered
it's first severe air raids of the war resulting in 1000 deaths and fires that could
be seen 100 miles away.
On the 11th, FDR signed the lend-lease pact with the UK that would keep us supplied
with the equipment and armaments needed to continue to fight, while the 15th saw the
beginning of the push-back by Rommel's Afrika Korps in North Africa.
Distributed with this issue:
THE GENTLEST ART #5 - ed. Douglas Webster - 4 pages
HE SAID #1 - ed. Ron Holmes - 1 page
TIN TACKS #2 - ed. Don Doughty - 2 pages
ZENITH #1 - ed. Harry Turner - 3 pages
page 2 * page 3 * page 4 * page 5 * page 6
.....................................cover art by Harry Turner
BRITISH FANDOM WAKING UP !!!
We've been at a very low ebb for some months here in Britain, but
by now it does appear that we are getting over the worst.
During the last month
the almost-unprecedented number of
three British fan magazines appeared
and yet a fourth is "on the stocks"
First the resuscitated Fantast
appeared, edited now by CSYoud and
JFBurke in conjunction, and due to
continue until the call-up of the
former. Soon after Gargoyle no.4,
dated Jan.'41, came out edited by
Dave McIlwain (14 Cotswold St.L'pool 7)
Both magazines are nicely up to
standard, a high standard too! The
third mag is of course your faithful
FIDO, and some details of the
new arrival appear below. To add to
the good work, Arthur Clarke's chain
letter Fanmail has been doing very
well in reuniting all the scattered
Londoners, altho' now Arthur has
been called up (beginning of April )
its activities will suffer a partial
eclipse. Other signs of the times
are, the great increase in inter-fan
corresponding now taking place; and
the suggestions for various helpful
schemes, not to mention the co-operation
in the production of Fido, I
am so grateful for. All-in-all, it
certainly does appear as if fandom
has got over the long period of war
hypnosis and is determined to carry
on to the best of its ability regardless
of the hazards which may turn up.|
A second issue of Messrs Swan
publication "Yankee Science Fiction"
appeared this month. Unfortunately
it is impossible to be enthusiastic
ahout it either in regard to cover,
format or contents. A story by Jack
Williamson is included. Incidentally,
all the stories in Y.S.F. no.1
were actually taken from Science -
Fiction Quarterly No. 1.
RAFer Roland Forster has now
got to the Shetland. Isles, which
must surely be one of the most desolate
spots possible to maroon a poor science
MORE "DENVENTION" DETAILS.
Plans for the 1941 World Science-
Fiction Convention to be held at
Denver, Colorado next summer, are
progressing nicely. Most prominent
American fans have now joined the
specially formed sponsoring organisation;
the Colorado Fantasy Society. Special
arrangements have been
made to enable British fans to join
this organisation and thus help to
make the convention a success
besides receiving various publications
as they are issued.
English sf fans can become C.F.S.
members by sending back copies of
any English sf magazine, profesional
or fan, to the value of 50 cents
(about 2/6) to Lewis Martin, 125 E
Race St., Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
500 copies at least of a souvenir
booklet and interested British
fans will be able to obtain copies.
"Booster stickers" are supplied to
all CFS members and some of you will
find one stuck on your copy of FIDO.
A NEW BRITISH FAN MAGAZINE:
Arthur Williams of 3 Victoria
Dwellings, Clerkenwell Rd. London EC1
announces the impending publication
of a new fan magazine. Entitled "The
Science Fantasy Fan", the first ish
will consist of 20 quarto pages and
will sell at 3d. The mag is to be
hectoed from a hand printed original
with copious illustrations. Line-up
for No. 1 includes "Browsing", book
reviews; "I Meet Wm F Temple" by JE
Rennison; Short story by Doughty.'
"Evolution of Stf." by JHMason; a
series of introductions called
"Presenting"; Scienticlassic Review" -
No. 1 "The Moon Pool"; and the first
of a series of illustrations depicting
unorthodox types of spaceships.
"Stan" is a welcome addition indeed
to the current gaggle of fanmaggery.
We are getting a perfect influx of
mags over here; a new one
seems to come out every month--
fanags (Patent for fan magazine - Ed.)
the same. Among the newest are
Wolheim's two. They are okeh, in fact,
they're a little better than that in
my opinion and long may they wave. I
especially like the fantasy half of
"Stirring Science Fiction".
A brand new SF mag is "Uncanny
Stories" a bi-monthly by Manvis
Publications Inc.; edited in NY but
published from Chicago. My classification
of it is Sub-SF. However it
is SF, and has three famous names in
it: Dave Keller, F.A.Kummer Jr., &
Ray Cummings. It has 2 novels, one
novelette, 1 SF short and two fantasies.
Costs 90 cents a year, 15 cents a copy.
Who edits the thing is something I
don't know yet.
"Marvel" is out again, Vol.2, No.3
Bi-month. by Western Fiction Pub. Co.
It looks pretty good only I can't
review it because 1 just bought it a,
few minutes ago, The names are Jack
Bruce Manchester, and Ray Cummings again.
Pluto (fanag) is defunct...editor
got conscripted, Sunspots put out a
good anniversary ish. Fanfare, Voice
Imagination, Horizons, Fantasia, &
Alchemist are beautifully made these
days; they look almost professional
with their clear print and artistic
covers. Spaceways' cover's gone surreallist;
a lot of them going Bokian
lately. Bizarre's dead ... editor reported
to have lost $50 on it.
Tarzan edition of Burroughs' Mars
books coming out soon.
Jules Verne Club of N.Y. considering
a pro mag. of exclusive Verne,
stuff. New film: "The Electric Monster"
with Lon Chaney Jr. Brilliant
scientist experiments with electricity on man.
from Loretta Beasley,
Sayre, Penn., USA,
CLIPPINGS FROM CANADA
by Leslie A.Croutch
There's a bit of a debate going
on this side of the Big Pond anent
those two new science fiction magazines
being put out by Albing Publications
in New York and edited by
former fan Donald Wolheim, "Cosmic
Stories" and "Stirring Science Fiction".
It has been charged by one famous
American fan that Wolheim
isn't paying for- stories or artwork
at all. But in the January issue (41)
of WRITER'S DIGEST these two magazines
are quoted as paying 1/2 cent a word
on publication. So your guess is as
good an mine.
I am wondering if the two mags I
mentioned in the December issue of
FIDO are Wolheim's. Robert W. Lowndes,
who, as you probably know, was
an author agent in New York, wrote
me saying he had the job handed him
of filling the contents of the
two issues of a new and experimental
magazine. Lowndes told me no money
would be paid, but if the magazine
was a success then payment would be
instituted and those 'who gave
material gratis would henceforth
receive first preference and every
consideration. Can Wollheim's magazines
be these? (Editorial Note - I believe so,
and also that professional writers
received payment for their material, but
"amateurs" did not).
STRANGE STORIES has been dropped
from the Thrilling Publication line
leaving WEIRD in complete possession
of this field.
STARTLING, is asking for 40,000
word novels for the lead position,
and pays $200 for each one accepted.
Incidentally I have good reason to
believe that STARTLING pays a bonus
for exceptional material.
YET ANOTHER 'tanner' book is due out
this month (March) in the new Guild
sixpennies series, namely "The Thought
Reading Machine" by Andre Maurois. It's an intriguing book
and the title tells you the plot.
..................................garnered by RON HOLMES
Pro-mags. UNKNOWN is on the brink, first it goes bi-monthly, then it
rejects subscriptions - looks as though it is on the way out -- deep
regrets. FANTASTIC NOVELS and F.F.M. will combine with the June '41 issue,
and will continue under the name of F.F.M. Seems "Novels" isn't selling.
MARVEL and UNCANNY are back without the sex, I've seen MARVEL and it is
pretty good. Rumour has it that there will be a sister mag to COMET.
FANTASTIC ADVENTURES still appears in spite of rumours of its fold-up.
Personalities. Bob Tucker has sold a story to Pohl, twill appear in
ASTONISHING this spring. Damon Knight has story in first' iss. of STIRRING
SCIENCE STORIES. Second iss. of this mag and first of COSMIC contain
two of his poems. SaMoskowitz, has story In COMET called "The Way Back".
D. B. Thompson sells ASTOUNDING his "Eccentric Orbit". Bok, Forte, Hunt,
and Giunta have commenced to illustrate for the pro's. Go to it, boys,if
you do good for yourselves - you do good for Fandom, (We hope!!). Bob
Tucker has recently become "Daddy" for the second time, nice going pal.
A word from Bill Temple, "Joan and Ann are doing fine. The latter now
reads, writes, sings and drinks beer. I can't think what's been holding
her back." 'Tis truely said that the sins of the fathers'....
Fan mags. Sad news, four fold-ups. Alchemist folds becauce its editor
is so busy with "Denvention" that he has no time for his mag...
Pluto closes down because two of the editors are due to be called up;
pity, too, I had such a colossal article .... Le Zombie folds for 90 days,
cos Bob Tucker expects to be out of work for a while - thus will be too
broke to carry on. Deep regrets at the fold-up of "Fido's" pup "Cosmos".
DEATH OF FREDERICK BRITTEN AUSTIN - a brief appreciation by R.G.Medhurst
The recent lamentable death of one of our English fantasy writers
obviously calls for some sort of of obituary notice in "FIDO". Mr. Austin
was primarily known as a magazine short-story writer (in mags of the order
of "The Strand": not pulps) and his stories were collected into a
number of books, He was, perhaps, rather less known as a novelist.
Of stf, interest are:
"The War-God Walks Again" - London,1926 - stories of future wars, forecasting
new techniques and new weapons. Has been justified by recent developments.
"The Red Flag" - London, 1932 - a series of tales of the great revolutions
of history, culminating in "The World is Red", describing the fate of
the red "World Republic" of 2036.
"Tomorrow" - London, 1930 - a chronological series of tales intended to
demonstrate mans' lack of moral progress. The first "Isis of the Stone Age"
is set in the prehistoric past.
Also "On the Borderland" comprising a miscellany of tales of psychic &
You are reading FUTURIAN WAR DIGEST; (nicknamed FIDO) an amateur publication
dealing with and devoted to fantasy fiction. It Is published monthly
by J. Michael Rosenblum from 4 Grange Terrace, Chapeltown, Leads 7; @ 3d.
per copy, 2/9 per year, Postfree. (America 75 cents in stamps or promags.)
There are also a number of accompanying sheets produced by fellow-spirits.
A special Australian edition on thin paper commences with this issue, we'll
be pleased to hear from you Aussies. (Just FIDO proper) Cover by Turner.
Apologies for various awkward moments caused by a strained wrist of ye Ed's.
by Bert Lewis
This month brings from the publishers, a story
of a "different" kind, but by no means
a "new" type, as the same theme has been used
before, and like the book "Outward Bound" tries
to envisage a journey from this world to
the next. The book, "First Port of Call", by
Elizabeth Jordan (London 7/6) is based on this
theme, one even finds oneself wondering which
of the characters will be permitted to return.
An American aeroplane with its crew of
five and eight ill-sorted passengers is
forced down into the sea and after hours of
suffering the thirteen find themselves on a
mysterious island with all modern comfcrts.
Only one is permitted to return, a rich young
woman who comes, to see the error of her
foolish ways. Of course it isn't STF, but its
darn good fantasy, like its predecessor.
Many will be acquainted with "The Birds" by
Frank Baker, those who are will be pleased
to hear that he has again given us a taste
of his fantasy, of a different type this time,
humourous almost to the point of satire.
His latest effort is published under the
misleading title of "Miss Hargreaves" (Eyre & Spottiswoode 9/-). He seems
to have captured the spirit of the Wells we used to know. His "title
part" is an 'invention' of two young men, holidaying in Ireland, to try
to make an impression on the locals, by claiming 'her' as a close friend
of a local celebrity. So far do they carry this 'pretence' that she
actually materialises, much to their confusion; to cormplicate matters she
is endowed with strange "powers", such as turning into a swan. Mr Baker
succeeds in bringing a delicate situation to a very satisfactory end.
"JUST A WORD" by the Editor.
I simply must find a corner this month just to give a brief report on
progress. With this issue our circulation reaches the 100 mark - about a
half being subscribers, a third exchanges, while Leeds SFL members make
up the rest with a couple of complimentaries and one or two "specimens".
After 6 months of successful working I must express sincere thanks to my
collaborators, & to all those kind people who have given me encouragement,
helpful criticism & suggestions, and last but by no means least, the
'ordinary' subscribers who make the paper possible at all, With a special
Thank You to Doug Webster for his unexpected and lovely 'half-birthday'
gift to FIDO of two reams of paper.
SUGGESTION CORNER--- becoming quite a regular department, eh?
"Since this war began," says Jack Gibson, of 7 Belmont Road, Parkstone
Dorset, "it has become increasingly difficult to get hold of science
fiction magazines. Therefore I think it would be a good idea if mags at
present lying unused in the possession of fans should become available
to other fans who perhaps have not been so fortunate in owning them.
To this end I propose setting up a "Science Fiction Exchange" on the
following lines - I invite all fans who have magazines to make out a
list of them & send it to me. All lists will be combined with my own,
(which contains details of 153 mags) and I am willing to send the lists
to anyone desirous of borrowing mags. Conditions are as set out below:
It would be unnecessary for fans to send me magazines as I will notify
them as to whom they should send mags.
- No more than 5 mags can be borrowed at one time.
- No mag can be kept longer than 28 (?) days
- Care must be taken of all books.
- Borrower must reimburse sender for cost of postage about 2d per mag)
Well there you have Jack Gibsons plan, it's open to criticism and
suggestions which you can send to him either direct or through "Fandom's GPO."
In all some 19 pieces this month, which includes the two
English items mentioned previously.
Of the remaining 17, 10 are Australian.
For some reason Aussie pubs. are very dear,
a 16 page mag averaging 6d, and the contents
are still in the adolescent stage. Of
course fandom there is still comparitively
young and will mature as time
Of the Yanks, outstanding
is the second anniversary issue
of Tuckers Le Zombie, 18 pages of
Pongs inimitable humour and a photo
of 12 fans at the "Chicon" adorning
the cover. Also arrived is the Dec. .
Polaris - the weird fans own,
published by Paul Freehafer. A huge
issue of Pluto comes from the
Literature, Science & Hobbies Club of
Decker, Indiana, notable for FJA's
interview with HGWells. Two issues
of the old-faithful Science Fiction
Fan, Nos. 52 & 53, bring Olon
Wiggins classy little magazine up to
data - Britisher Ken Chapman figures
in each, together with assorted
gossip and reviews.
J.W.Banks,28 Annington Road, Eastbourne,
Sussex; wishes to get into touch
with pacifist science-fiction fans.
For sale, at less than 1/2 pence new
in at least fair cond.: postfree,
"Modern Utopia", Wells 1/-; "Gods of
Mars", Burroughs 1/3;"Many Dimensions",
Williams 1/-;"Warlords of Mars"
Burroughs 1/3 "Time Machine", Wells 10d,
"Tales of Space & Time", Wells 10d;
"Dr Nikola", Boothby 6d; MAGS. TWS Jun 39,
Unk. Jun, July 39; Weird Tales Jul 39,
@ 5d each. Amazing Sep 39; last page
missing @ 4d, Also 6d books @ 4d eh.
"Science in War", "Digging up the Past"
-Woolley; Tales of Mystery & Imagin.
- Poe. Write before sending money.
E.MacDonald,25 Dochfour Drive,Inverness.
Wanted. Various '34,35,36 Astoundings.
List & prices to A.V.Clarke, 16 Wendover
Way, Welling, Kent.
Some new people to add to the list
for "Fandom's GPO" are Marion Eadie,
Les Johnson, J.Gibson, A.Salmond; H.K.
Gardiner,Rita Pittman,Abe Bloom,E.S.
Needham. Wonder if we can run to a
full list next month!
1) The 2/6 coin (two shillings and sixpence), known as a half-crown,
was also sometimes called "half a dollar" by older people when I was a child.
The 50 cents-to-2/6 exchange rate on page 2 makes it clear that a pound was
worth 4 dollars during WWII. So that's where that comes from! And while
on the subject, I should point out for the benefit of foreigners and the young
in re the reference at the bottom of page 3, 'tanner' was the slang name for
an old sixpence coin.