Worlds of Fantasy

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1. UK pocketbook-size magazine, published by John Spencer, London; edited anonymously by Samuel Assael and Maurice Nahum. Fourteen numbered, undated issues 1950-1954.

Worlds of Fantasy is almost identical to the other three Spencer juvenile-sf magazines of the 1950s, Futuristic Science Stories, Tales of Tomorrow and Wonders of the Spaceways. These all contained fiction of very low quality, though the present title did include some relatively decent work by John S Glasby and E C Tubb. An associated House Name was Hamilton Donne. For more information on Spencer's publications see Badger Books. [FHP/DRL/MA]

2. US Digest-size magazine. Four issues 1968-1971, the first [Fall 1968] published by Galaxy Publishing Corp, the remaining three by Universal Publishing; the first two edited by Lester del Rey, and the remaining two by Ejler Jakobsson. This attempt to produce a fantasy companion to Galaxy Science Fiction – it published a lot of Sword-and-Sorcery material – might well have succeeded had it had better distribution. The standard was good: Worlds of Fantasy published The Tombs of Atuan (Winter 1970-1971 #3; exp 1971) by Ursula K Le Guin, "Reality Doll" (Spring 1971; exp 1971 as Destiny Doll) by Clifford D Simak, and early stories by Michael Bishop and James Tiptree Jr. [PN]

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