Science Fantasy was for many years, under Nova Publications, a sister magazine to New Worlds, and, while New Worlds was generally straight-down-the-middle science fiction, Science Fantasy, as its name suggests, generally dealt with the more fantastic side of the genre.

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For a British sf magazine of the sixties, you couldn’t go far wrong if you led off with novelettes by Michael Moorcock and J.G. Ballard, plus shorter stories by Edward Mackin and Theodore R. Cogswell, behind a cover by Gerard Quinn. That just left a single page for book reviews, so, with 112 pages for half a crown, you got a pretty good package. Briefly reviewed by editor John Carnell were three anthologies, In The Dead Of Night edited by Michael Sissons, Timeless Stories For Today And Tomorrow edited by Ray Bradbury, and The Ghoul Keepers edited by Leo Margulies - plus Not Long For This World, a collection of macabre tales by August Derleth, many of them from the 1930's heyday of Weird Tales.

“In the Cycle of Time many things may repeat themselves, especially in the lives of men and half-lings. This is a story of the dim and distant past – or the far-flung future, whichever way you look at it.” Yes, that sounds like the blurb for a Moorcock story all right…"The Eternal Champion." This isn't quite an Elric story, though it is reprinted as the first part of the 2008 collection Elric: To Rescue Tanelorn. Call the hero Erekose, rather, though the name "Alric" is also mentioned. The Ballard tale, "The Watch-Towers," had the editorial introduction "Nobody quite knew what went on in the watch-towers but it was very disconcerting trying to lead a normal life - especially when that life had been radically changed by the arrival of Watchers."

This was issue 53, and was the penultimate issue from Nova Publications to have a full-colour painted cover. #55 had a black-ink drawing by Jim Cawthorne on a solid yellow background, while #56, again on a yellow background, had a photograph, "Cobwebbed Heather Angel as 'Kate,'" from "The Premature Burial" to go with a film review inside. The final digest-size Nova Publications issue was #64, in April 1964 - two months later the title continued in the regular paperback "Compact" format with new editor Kyril Bonfiglioli. And after #81, the magazine was rebooted as Impulse, which lasted for a dozen issues, with Harry Harrison as editor for the final five.


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