Overland Monthly, The

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US magazine whose first editor was Bret Harte (who resigned in January 1871), published in San Francisco by A Roman & Co, monthly, July 1868-December 1875, then again January 1883-July 1935. Under the editorship of Millicent Washburn Shinn (1858-1940) a special "Twentieth Century" issue – June 1890 – contained articles and essays all directly related to Edward Bellamy's then much discussed work Looking Backward, 2000-1887 (1888). In addition, its six fiction contributions were all sf, including an early translation of Kurd Laßwitz: Chapter 1 of "Bis zum Nullpunkt des Seins" ["To the Zero Point of Existence"] (21-24 May 1871 Schlesische Zeitung), under the title "Pictures Out of the Future". This is the earliest known case of a general magazine devoting an issue exclusively to science fiction, and it was edited by a woman. The magazine also published several Yellow Peril stories by little-known authors, of which the most interesting is "The Year 1899" (June 1893) by William Ward Crane, more a summary than a story, which sees a rapid domination of Eurasia by the Chinese when Europe is weakened by internecine wars. The Overland Monthly is known for publishing the first stories by Ambrose Bierce, Homer Eon Flint, Jack London, and Clark Ashton Smith. [JE/PN/MA]

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