FUTURIAN WAR DIGEST - Issue 8 (Vol. 1, Number 8) May. 1941
April was a bad month for British and commonwealth troops in North Africa,
who were forced into retreat by the relentless advance of Rommel's Afrika Corps. Also,
Yugoslavia fell to a Balkan blitzkrieg on the 17th, and British forces were pushed
out of Greece later in the month.
Fearing the German threat to convoys, the US announced it had reached an agreement with Denmark
to occupy Greenland, giving it a base from which to protect shipping in the North Atlantic..
On April 16th, a bombing raid on London destroyed the Flat and the Red Bull, and had the Flat's famous
residents not been called up and so had to vacate it before their three-year lease on it was due
to expire in June 1941 they too would have been lost in the raid. The flat was later rebuilt, though
not reoccupied by fans, but the Red Bull - the first pub where London fans had held their Thursday
night meetings - never was.
Distributed with this issue:
THE GENTLEST ART #6 - ed. Douglas Webster - 4 pages
HE SAID #2 - ed. Ron Holmes - 2 page
MOONSHINE #4 - ed. John F. Burke - 2 pages
TIN TACKS #3 - ed. Don Doughty - 2 pages
ZENITH #2 - ed. Harry Turner - 3 pages
page 2 * page 3 * page 4 * page 5 * page 6 * page 7
...............................cover art by Arthur Williams
TWO FANS CALLED UP
The last two "casualties" of British fandom are a couple of famous Londoners, namely Ken Chapman
and Arthur (Ego) Clarke, respectively an erstwhile Secretary of the Science Fiction Association
whilst the unique 'Ego' was a shining light of both that organisation and the British Interplanetary
Society; besides being an inmate of the notorious Grays Inn Rd
"flat", Chapman is now in the navy,
after having been a War Reserve
Policeman since the outbreak of
hostilities. A.C.Clarke is now an A/C2
too, is in the RAF and at present
stationed at Bridgenorth,Salop. Ego
had hoped to continue his chainletter
"FAN-MAIL" even when, called up,
but has been unable to have his
typewriter with him whilst in training
besides having no time. However, he
hopes to be able to resume after
being finally posted. He sends his
best wishes to all Fan-mailers to
whom he is unable to write just now.
At present he is listed as a Radio
Mechanic, but he hopes eventually to
go in for navigational work.|
THE recent death by her own hand
of Mrs Virginia Wolf reminds us that
altho she herself didn't produce any
stf, so far as we are aware, the
publishing house, The Hogarth Press,
run by her in collaboration with her
husband, Leonard.Woolf, was responsible
for introducing Murial Jaeger's
very distinctive fantasy. The first
two Murial Jaeger novels, both of a
stfical nature. "The Question Mark"
and "The Man with Six Senses" appeared
under the Hogarth Press imprint
in 1926 & 1927 respectively. RGM.
The only fantasy organisation still
functioning in Britain today is
the Stoke-on-Trent Science Fiction
Club. Whilst not an ambitious
organisation, the Club is quietly but
successfully carrying on its activities.
A quarterly report dated April 1941
has just been issued and gives details
of the society's membership,
finances and library; besides film
and book reviews and general gossip.
L o n d o n l e t t e r
First thing to record, with
illuminated lettering, is the
resumption of SFA meetings. Three
have been held so far, Attandance
is naturally limited; at the last
there were nine present but several
veteran fans remain to be roped in
besides the drive for the new fans
that I want to get started sometime.
Present last were the Chibbetts,
the Chapmans, Ericopkins, F.Arnold,
Denise and self. Meeting,
held in HQ of Anthrosophical Society,
N.W.1, opened with introduction
of newcomer John Bould, home on
leave from Bedford, who at one time
tried Kuda Bux's fire-walking feats.
He was at once comandeered by Harry
Ken Chapman came to say goodbye;
he was to join the navy the following
Wednesday. Although we were all
very sorry to have him go, we were
glad to know that he hopes to be
trained within easy reach of London
and expects to get home frequently.
That's the second fan we've lost
recently whom we looked upon as a
fixture. The other, of course is
the one, & only (praise be!) Ego who
should by now have joined the RAF.
Heaven help any Spitfire he has to
overhaul! He'll probably install a
new drive and fly it to the moon.
S i d n e y L B i r c h b y.
A sixpenny book recently published
which somehow or another managed
to slip past unnoticed is "When
William Came" by Saki (Penguin), a
tale of Britain occupied by Kaiser
William and his army. A little out
-of-date perhaps, but reprinted now
as a "warning" book, it comes under
the category of the Might-have-been,
The May issue of COMIC'
STORIES includes the
following yarns; "Phoenix Planet" J.
Blish, "Dimension of Darkness" S.D.
Gottesman, "Power" Hugh Raymond, "The
Riddle of Time" W.P.Cockroft,"No
Place to Go" E.J.Bellin, "Time Inc" J.L.
Chapman,"The Improbable" C.R.Tanner,
"New Moon" Basil Wells,"What Sorgum
Says" Cecil Corwin & "Transitory
Island" Richard Wilson. Also an assortment
of features and an article on
spaceflying. In connection with the
magazine "The Cosmian League" has been
formed and is open to all actively
working for the future.
June issue of STIRRING SCIENCE
STORIES will feature about 12 yarns;
"The Pioneer" Arthur J.Burke, "Jitterbug"
R.R.Winterbotham,"Human Mice of
Kordar" Basil Wells,"Martian Fantasy"
Henry Andrew Ackerman, "Trails End"
Walter Kubilus "Forgotten Tongue" W.
Davies,"Spokesman for Terra" Hugh
Raymond,"Mr Packer Goes To Hell" Cecil
Corwin,"The Silence" Venard McLaughlin,
"Kazam Collects" S.D.Gottesman,
"The Moon Artist" Dr Keller,"The Grey
One" R.W.Lowndes, & "The Words of
Guru" by Kenneth Falconer.
Futurians here all getting along
fine. Lowndes making out nicely with
his FUTURE FICTION and. SCIENCE FICTION
QUARTERLY. Pohl coming on o.k...
Daniel Burford has placed illustrations
now in 4 magazines, including
WEIRD TALES. John Michel writing away
and very succesfully. Leslie Perri
doing nicely on an editorial job
unconnected with fantasy. Kornbluth
writing like fury and making himself
one of the big name writers.
..................D. A. Wollheim
AN article in the first number of
SUN TRAILS - a miscellaneous publication
issued at the editor's (Arthur
Louis Joquel II) whimsy - analyses
the cost of science fiction. Dealing
only with US promags on the newstand
on February 1st, they find that the
22 fantasy magazines available cost
$24.60 a year or $2.05 per month.
"DENVENTION" PRIZE OFFERED
"COMET" is offering a sustancial
PRIZE consisting of a silver medal
suitably inscribed and $25 in cash,
to the person who overcomes the
greatest obstacle to attend the Denver
Convention. The prize will be
delivered at the last seasion by a
committee of 3, consisting of the
Chairman of the executive committee
of the Denvention, the editor of
COMET and a prominent s-f writer
chosen by these two.
There are also rumours of a "T.
O'Connor Sloane Prize" to the person
doing most to advance science or
science fiction during the year
WEIRD TALES is blossoming out with
a poetry page aqain - the first is
by Clark Ashton Smith, illustrated by
Hannes Bok. The May issue of W.T.
contains a 20,000 word instalment of
a new Lovecraft novel to be completed
in the next issue. Titled "The
Case of Charles Dexter Ward" the
tale is written in the well known
Lovecraft manner and brings back the
Necronomicon and the Cthulhu tribe.
"LE ZOMBIE", Bob Tuckers Ghouls'
Gazette and humourmag extraordinary,
is not after all to be suspended.
During the period Tucker will be
unable to get it out, the Los Angeles
group will combine to stencil,
duplicate and mail it working from
Tucker's dummy. We forget how many
fanmags this makes, that are being
issued from the "Shangri-LA" of
Fandom, but 'tis a goodly number.
The "Boskone" or Boston tea-party
was held successfully in late Feb.
when some score of well-known fans
crowded into the home of R.D.Swisher
of Boston, Mass, USA. They consisted
mainly of the New York Futurians and
the Stranger club and included Kornbluth,
Lowndes, Pohl, Michel, Wolheim, Trdy Kuslan,
Widner,Tiger, Bell, Feldman, Unger,Kyle,
& Studley. Main activities were discussion
re the newly formed National Fantasy
Fan Federation, investigation of the
Swisher collection and discussion.
..................................garnered by RON HOLMES
Remember the "Fan Record" I mentioned a few "G's" back?? The
recorded fanmag by Sully Roberds. Well, it flopped. The recording outfit
was not as good as he thot. So he folded up after wasting time, energy,
money and blank records on it. It's a pity really, the idea was colossal.
BIZARRE, the only remaining printed fanmag, now that STARDUST
has collapsed, has folded up. Editors Marchonnette and Miske had a loss
of about $50 (£15) due to the lack of co-operation from the fans. There
used to be three printed fanmags in U.S. now none remains - as I
mentioned when STARLOST commenced, a printed fanmag is impracticable in the
present time with the present conditions.
I regret to announce the death of Erle Singelton, prominant U.S.
fan and member of the FAPA. He commited suicide on the 9th of Feb. 1941.
His death is the last of a serfes of unusual events, I wish In convey my
sincere sympathies to his friends and relatives.
The S.F.L. are again issuing badges to members. 25 cents per. from
Astounding has recently accepted two stories and one article from
E.F.-Russell. The article is Fortean, entitled "Astral Artilery". The
two shorts are "Seat of Oblivion" which should be in the May issue, And
"JaY Score", an interplanetary yarn of which we will hear more of if it's
Garrett Smith's "Between Worlds" is published in book form at 50 cents
per, from THS (It was published years ago but some more copies were recently
My heartiest congratulations to John W. Campbell and L. Sprague de
Camp - who have recently become fathers. I don't know the weight or sex
of the offspring as yet, but I'll spill the beans when I get it. Nice
going fellers !!
MAGAZINE REVIEWS"COMET" Vol.1, No. 3. March 1941.
This is the new magazine edited by Orlin Tremaine, & actually the 1st
number of it I have seen. Quite good, an air of unsophisticated freshness
about it. Contents are, varied - from novels to a couple of short shorts,
in a special department; a good idea but rather reminiscent of fanzine
fiction. Two feature stories are "The Immortal" - Ross Rocklynne, & "Star
of Dreams" - Jack Williamson; the former about a never-aging woman marooned
in a spaceship seems almost a new plot. I enjoyed the two novelets
"The Psychological Regulator" - Arthur Cooke & "Dark Reality" - Robert
Moore Williams. Three short stories "Headhunters of Nuamerica" - Stanton
A Coblentz,"Healing Rays in Space" - J Harvey Haggard, & "Lie on the
Beam" - John Victor Peterson, are merely mediocre. A special feature "The
Spacean" tries to give an idea of the newspaper of the future but it doesn't
click; - too much of the Yankee Tabloid about it.
"FUTURE FICTION" Vol.1 No 5. April 1941
First issue edited by "Doc" Lowndes, tho we don't know how responsible
he is for it. None so good. Best tale by far is "The Genius Bureau"
by Helen Weinbaum, where the problem is what to do with some specially
bred, super-mentalities, who have, solved all existing and possible problems
and are therefore bored. 2 novels "30th Century Duel" - Manly Wade Wellman
& "Martian Guns" - Stanley. D Bell are beautifully blood-and-thundery. 3
novelets "Radiant Avenger" E A Grosser, "Prince of Pluto" - P D Lavond,
& "Status Quo" - R.R.Winterbotham, complete the issue.
This page being stencilled three days after
the opposite one, we now know that Clarke's
FAN-MAIL will be continued for the time being
by C. S. Youd of Eastleigh; editor of FANTAST.
By the way, another issue of this magazine is
about half completed and should be out later this month.
We had intended to convey the sad news of the suicide of Earl
Singleton of Cambridge, Mass., one of the most promising of the newer
American fans, but both Ron Holmes and Doug Webster beat us to it. We can
only add our sincere sympathy to all bereaved by this sorrowful loss.
"All Aboard For The Skylark" is the unusual title of an article by
Eric Frank Russell, on research for interplanetary travel, published in
the April issue of "TOMORROW" - a journal for the would-be citizen of a
new age; no connection with the obsolete fanzine of the same name.
Incidentally the same issue contains an article on agriculture and the future
by E. Maurice Wood, our former farmer employer.
Don Doughty reports that he has had his medical exam for military service,
passed Grade 1, & been accepted for the navy as a telegraphist. Ah
me, that's another. Also on the 'condemned' list are Harry Turner & David
McIlwain. The latter wishes to announce that all issues of GARGOYLE
after the next (No:6) & various supplementary PAN publications which he
hoped to put out (including the Esperasto fanmag JEN) will be sent free
to a limited mailing list, consisting only of those who expressly write &
ask to be included. First come, first served.
WE are absolutely overjoyed to be
able to include a column on|
BRITISH FAN PUBLICATIONS
GARGOYLE Vol,2 No.2, April 1941,
a 40 page PAN Publication from D.
McIlwain, 14 Cotswold St., Liverpool 7,
Nice to see it again. Up to standard
- a good one, Specially enjoyed was
DRSmith's "Glossary of Stf." and a
terrific narrative poem "As Youd Likes
It" by E.C.Hopkins.
The SCIENCE FANTASY FAN duly brought
out its first issue, April 41.
Contents were as given in the last issue
of FIDO. Scheduled for the next no.
are; "A Spherinal Spaceship D-Nordquist,
"Browsinq"- 'Meiklejohn;' "Bank
to Front"-J.F.Burke, "Presenting No.2
- Harry Turner,"Scientist Creates
Life"-special article."The Man Behind
Your Futurian War Digest" etc. etc.
JEN No.2 also published by McIlwain.
Esperanto fanmag, we wish we could
understand it, especially as sundry
references to FIDO are scattered
throughout. We must learn Esperanto.
THREE NEW REMAINDERS now available
at 1/6 each are
The "Z" Ray by Edmund Snell
- a death ray and secret service!
The Wrecking Ray by G.E.C.Wedlake
- another ray, that melts steel &
its use for sinking ships.
Lycanthia by Frances Layland Barrat
- a female werewolf yarn.
You are reading FUTURIAN WAR DIGEST,
an amateur magazine devoted
to fantasy 4 Grange Terrace,
Chapeltown, Leeds 7, by J.Michael
Rosenblum. Rates are 3d. a copy
2/9 per year. Americans 75 cents
or promags to that value. Various
other sheets are mailed with due
to the kindness of fellow fans
for which we are truly grateful.
A specia1 Australian edition of
FIDO proper is published also, on,
thin paper o Cover this time by
A. Williams stencilled by H. Turner
Can You Answer These ???????????????????
Here is a new feature. Some science fictional queries for you to try
and answer, half are fairly simple; half not quite so simple. Answers
will be given next month. If you like them, quizes can be regularly given,
Would other people like to try their hand at compiling some?
There's a nice little lot, write out your answers and next month see
if you were right. No prizes offered.
- Who are: Polton Cross, Gawain Edwards, Don A. Stuart?
- Do you know the creators of: Adam Link, Taine of San Francisco?
- Who were the first editors of: Tales of Wonder, Amazing, Wonder?
- What are the sequels to; Skylark of Space, The Blind Spot, She?
- Which "superman" story is written round an actual happening?
- Do you know which was the first Thought Variant story & when it appeared?
- Which was the first "fan-mag" in Britain, in U.S.A.?
- What classic stf. tale has been reprinted several times including
twice by Amazing Stories and also in a cheap reprint series over here
- Under what names have the following actual people published fantasy:
Roger Sherman Hoar, Charles H. Dodgson, Neil Bell?
- And are you aware who masqueraded under the fictitional names of:
John, A. Bristol, Weaver Wright, Hoy Ping Pong?
There has only
been one post
for me from USA
month and none
at all from Australia. So it is a
poor bag indeed that there is to
report. Naturally the most exciting
item is a mailing of the Fantasy Amateur
Press Association, containing over
a dozen separate pieces. As you might
know, these are produced for the
sheer sake of doing them and deal
with the thoughts of most of the,
prominent Yank personalities. All
aspects of the fan field are met
with in the various publications.
Another welcome visitor is the March
issue of as Spaceways, as good as ever.
Notable for the loss of the Star-
Treader, and his replacement as a
columnist by "S F Cynic", I beleive
that the best item in the issue is
a glorious satire by Bob Tucker in
which he would have us beleive that
JWCampbell shoots craps with the
other Street & Smith editors to decide
who prints which story, Mort
Weisinger runs contests because he
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Abe Bloom, 44 Avondale Road, Hoylake,
Wirral, Cheshire; has sfn. books,
for sale or exchange. Also fans
interested in stamps are asked to
get in touch with him, he will
exchange sfn books for stamps.
Dave McIlwain, 14 Cotswold St.,
Liverpool 7, will sell the complete
set of Wonder's containing
"Man Who Awoke" for 3/- postfree,
also Amazing 1/4ly - "Paradise and
Iron"; for 1/- postfree.
Anybody want some 95 issues of
"Meccano Magazine" frcm 1928 to'35
Apply to JMRosenblum.
We must apologise this time for
the nice mix-up of page number; &
hope you can work them out successfully.
collects stamps, postmarks,envelopes,
etc., and Editor Gnaedinger of
Famous Fantastic, plays darts to decide
which stories to reprint.
Other arrivals at the same time were
a batch of "Fantasy Fiction Field",
issue no. 4 of The Damn Thing,
and Sun Trails.
This scheme, originally suggested by Julian Parr, has now been in
operation for some two months, during which time some 30 letters have
been dealt with. It seems to be reasonably successful and worthy of
continuance. I am therefore devoting this otherwise spare page to givng
an up-to-date list of possible participators.
The rules are simple; letters to any of the undermentioned can be
sent to me at 4 Grange Terrace, enclosed with correspondence to me if
you wish; and enclosing a penny stamp for each such letter. These will
be mailed out at the end of the month with FIDO, except those to
editors of accompanying sheets who will be dealt with each fortnight.
Please be careful as regards weight - don't overun two ounces per
letter, or one ounce for foreign ones.
J. W. Banks (Eastbourne)
Sidney L. Birchby (London)
Sidney Bounds (London)
John Briston (Morden)
H. Kenneth Bulmer (London)
John F. Burke (Liverpool)
H. S. W. Chibbott (London)
Arthur C. Clarke (Forces)
A. Vincent Clarke (Welling)
Bernard H. Cohen (Leeds)
John C. Craig (London')
Don J.Doughty (Downham Market)
Marion Eadie (Glasgow)
H. J. Ellis (Barrow)
Ronald Fishwick (Forces)
R. E. Folkes (Gloucester)
C. Roland Forster (Forces)
Derek Gardiner (Worthing)
Jack Gibson (Parkstone)
Walter H, Gillings (Ilford)
John Goldsmid (Leeds)
Harold Gottliffe (Forces)
Maurice K. Hanson (Forces)
Ron Holmes (Liverpool)
Eric C. Hopkins (London)
Donald Houston (Northampton)
Leslie J. Johnson (Forces)
Ronald Lane (Manchester)
Bert Lewis (Preston)
Eric Lloyd (Cragley Heath)
Edwin MacDonald (Inverness)
David McIlwain (Liverpool)
R. George Medhurst (Cambridge)
J. Horgan (Johnstone)
Eric Moss (Forces)
Eric Needham (Manchester)
R. E. Orme (Coventry)
Terrence Overton (Cardiff)
Julian Parr (Stoke-on-Trent)
R. B. Pope, (London)
Anton Ragatsky (Stoke)
Rita Pittman (Oxford)
James P. Rathbone (Forces)
J. E. Rennison (Blackburn)
Osmond Robb (Edinbugh)
Eric Frank Russell (Liverpool)
Andrew Salmond (Glasgow)
W. Shelton (Forces)
A. G. Skeel (London)
D. R. Smith (Nuneaton)
William F. Temple (Forces)
E. A. Thompson (Pinner Hill)
Dennis Tucker (High Wycombe)
Harry Turner (Manchester)
Arthur F. Williams (London)
F. D. Wilson (Southport)
C. S. Youd (Eastleigh)
A. Bloom (Hoylake)
The following foreigners can
also be included from now on:
* (Parry Sound,Canada)
* (Sydney, Australia)
* (New York, U.S.A.)
* (Hagerstown, Md, USA)
* (Washington, DC, USA)