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FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION: SPECIAL ISSUE, THEME OR MOTIF (by type)
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Issue Date  Theme 
Type  Stories
1952 FEB  Worlds of If: Early Alternate Histories 
intentional  #171 - Edward Everett Hale: "Hands Off"; #172 - James Thurber: "If Grant Had Been Drinking at Appomattox"
1954 APR  1st issue with all new stories, no reprints 
intentional  all stories, #472-483 are new; other all-new stories issues: 1954 AUG, NOV, 1955 MAY, NOV, 1956 FEB, JUL, 1957 AUG, NOV, 1958 FEB, MAY, AUG, OCT, 1959 FEB, MAR
1954 OCT  Legends of War ... and Women 
intentional  #550 - Nigel Kneale: "Peg"; #551 - Will Stanton: "The Girl in the Flaxen Convertible"
1955 AUG  one story by Poul Anderson, another by Gordon R. Dickson, & then one by them both, so readers can see their talents alone & in collaboration 
intentional  #679 - Gordon R. Dickson: "Our First Death"; #682 - Poul Anderson: "Inside Straight"; #686 - Anderson & Dickson: "The Tiddlywink Warriors" (Hoka series)
1956 APR  UFOs: includes a negative report on UFOs by the U.S.A.F., a short story on the topic, and a book review on several UFO books now out 
intentional  #770 - United States Air Force: "Unidentified Aerial Objects"; #771 - Henry Gregor Felsen: "The Spaceman Cometh"; #775 - Anthony Boucher: Recommended Reading
1956 MAY  Of Mars and Men; two articles, one by a man, another by a women, written in response to R.S. Richardson's article in 1955 DEC, sexual mores on Mars 
intentional  #785 - Poul Anderson: "Nice Girls on Mars"; #786 - Miriam Allen deFord: "News for Dr. Richardson"; responses to #721 - R.S. Richardson: "The Day After We Landed on Mars"
1956 NOV  Gimmicks Three: inspired by Cogswell's 1956 JAN(#740) story, 3 stories in which each has a pact-with-the-devil, locked room, & time paradox gimmicks 
intentional  #862 - Isaac Asimov: "The Brazen Locked Room"; #863 - Miriam Allen deFord: "Time Trammel"; #864 - Theodore R. Cogswell: "Impact With the Devil"; inspired by #740 - Cogswell: "Threesie"
1957 JAN  Ghosts for Christmas; "two contrasting ghost stories" for Christmas, "one from the old school, and one from the new" 
intentional  #879 - Sheridan Le Fanu: "The Dead Sexton"; #882 - John Dickson Carr: "New Murders for Old"
1958 OCT  All New-All Star 9th Anniversary Issue (the first such anniversary issue; henceforth, almost every OCT issue will be an All Star Anniversary Issue) 
intentional  all stories, #1147-1158; #1154 - Poul Anderson: "Ballade of an Artificial Satellite"(pm) & #1158 - Alfred Bester: "The Men Who Murdered Mohammed" were written especially for this issue
1959 MAR  All New-All Star Issue 
intentional  all stories, #1213-1224
1959 AUG  done-to-death-themes: one each, disaster story, pact-with-the-Devil story, & two time travel stories - each a superior story; editor's note ask for reader responses 
intentional  respectively, #1280 - Carol Emshwiller: "Day at the Beach"; #1289 - Winston P. Sanders (ps. for Poul Anderson): "Pact"; #1282 - Poul Anderson: "Brave to Be a King"; #1288 - Isaac Asimov: "Obituary"
1959 SEP  Quintet: 3 vignettes & 2 poems, at least one is by a child under 12, the others were written by famous writers under a pseudonym. Can the reader guess which are which? (answers in next issue, 1959 OCT, p.15) 
intentional  #1292 - Sonny Powell(Bester): "The Black Nebulea"; #1293 - John Cunnington: "Up, Down, and Sideways"; #1294 - Nina Pettis: "Witch's Charm"; #1295 - Billy Watson (Sturgeon): "The Man Who Told Lies"; #1296 - Mary Austin(Jane Rice): "Night Thought"
1959 OCT  10th Anniversary All Star Issue 
intentional  all stories, #1306-1319
1960 MAY  this issue made up of pairs: #'s1395 & 1397 - insights into the pleasures & pangs of the laws of chance; #'s 1398 & 1400 - chilling bedtime stories; #'s 1401 & 1402 - an irresistible force in action 
intentional  #1395 - Fritz Leiber: "The Oldest Soldier; #1397 - Fred McMorrow: "The Man From Tomorrow"; #1398 - Rex Lardner: "American Plan"; #1400 - John Collier: "The Tender Age"; #1401 - Gordon R. Dickson: "One on Trial"; #1402 - Porges: "A Specimen for the Queen"
1960 OCT  11th Anniversary All Star Issue 
intentional  all stories, #1457-1468
1961 MAR  All Star Issue 
intentional  all stories, #1513-1521
1961 OCT  12th Anniversary All Star Issue 
intentional  all stories, #1595-1606
1962 MAR  All Star Issue 
intentional  all stories, #1657-1668
1962 JUL  Special Summer Issue 
intentional  all stories, #1712-1725
1962 SEP  Special Theodore Sturgeon Issue; includes a special cover by artist Ed Emshwiller; the 1st issue dedicated to an author of note 
intentional  #1745 - Davidson: "Introduction to ..."; #1746 - Sturgeon: "When You Care, When You Love"; #1747 - Blish: "T. S.'s Macrocosm"; #1748 - Merril: "T. S."; #1749 - Moskowitz: "Fantasy and Science Fiction by ..."; #1750 - Robin Sturgeon: "Martian Mouse"
1962 OCT  13th Anniversary All Star Issue 
intentional  all stories, #1759-1772
1963 MAY  Special Ray Bradbury Issue; includes a special cover by artist Joe Mugnaini(who has done the covers of many of Bradbury's books); the 2nd issue dedicated to an author of note 
intentional  #1863, 1866 - Avram Davidson: "Introduction"; #1864 - William F. Nolan: "Bradbury: Prose Poet in the Age of Space"; #1865 - Ray Bradbury: "Bright Phoenix"; #1867 - Ray Bradbury: "To the Chicago Abyss"; #1868 - William F. Nolan: "An Index to the Works ..."
1963 OCT  14th Anniversary All Star Issue 
intentional  all stories, #1930-1942
1964 MAR  All Star Issue 
intentional  all stories, #1996-2010
1964 JUL  Special Sumer Issue 
intentional  all stories, #2057-2070
1964 OCT  one story each by husband & wife sf writers Leigh Brackett & Edmond Hamilton, to honor them on the occasion of their being Guests-of-Honor at the 1964, 22nd World Science Fiction Convention; each story preceded by an introduction by Avram Davidson 
intentional  #2101 - Avram Davidson: "Introduction to Leigh Brackett's ..."; #2102 - Leigh Brackett: "Purple Priestess of the Mad Moon"; #2103 - Avram Davidson: "Introduction to Edmond Hamilton's ..."; #2104 - Edmond Hamilton: "The Pro"
1964 OCT  15th Anniversary All Star Issue 
intentional  all stories, #2101-2112
1965 JUN  results of a short story contest, for the best stories to have both a Univac & a Unicorn in them; incl. an introduction by Doris P. Buck, and two winning vignettes; contest announced in 1964 DEC with a poem by Buck(#2134), titled "From Two Universes ..." 
intentional  #2214 - Doris Pitkin Buck: "Introduction: Short Story Contest Winners"; #2215 - Herb Lehrman(1st place): "The Ancient Last"; #2216 - Greg Benford(2nd place): "Stand-In"
1965 OCT  16th Anniversary All Star Issue 
intentional  all stories, #2256-2270
1966 OCT  Special Isaac Asimov Issue; includes a special cover by Ed Emsh, and a special cartoon by Gahan Wilson(#2407); the 3rd issue dedicated to an author of note 
intentional  #2401 - Edward L. Ferman: "In This Issue"; #2402 - Asimov: "The Key"; #2403 - de Camp: "You Can't Beat Brains"; #2404 - Asimov: "I. A.: A Bibliography"; #2405 - Asimov: "Science: Portrait of the Writer As a Boy"; #2406 - Asimov: "The Prime of Life"
1966 OCT  17th Anniversary Issue 
intentional  all stories, #2401-2413
1967 JUN  has Special Charles Beaumont Section; the fourth issue dedicated to an author of note 
intentional  #2492 - Charles Beaumont: "Gentlemen, Be Seated"; #2493 - William F. Nolan: "Charles Beaumont: The Magic Man, A Personal Appreciation"; #2494 - William F. Nolan: "A Charles Beaumont Index: 1951-1965"
1967 OCT  18th Anniversary All-Star Issue 
intentional  all stories, # 2536-2548
1968 JAN  Special 200th Issue 
intentional  all stories, #2572-2583
1968 OCT  19th Anniversary All-Star Issue 
intentional  all stories, #2695-2709
1969 JUL  Special Fritz Leiber Issue; includes a special cover by artist Ed Emshwiller; the 4th issue dedicated to an author of note 
intentional  #2794 - Fritz Leiber: "Ship of Shadows"; #2795 - Judith Merril: "Fritz Leiber"; #2796 - Fritz Leiber: "Demons of the Upper Air, IIX"; #2797 - Al Lewis: "Fritz Leiber: A Bibliography"
1969 OCT  20th Anniversary Issue 
intentional  all stories, #2825-2835
1970 OCT  21st Anniversary All-Star Issue 
intentional  all stories, #2952-2963
1971 APR  Special Poul Anderson Issue, includes a special cover by Kelly Freas; the 5th issue dedicated to an author of note 
intentional  #3024 - Anderson: Introduction; #3025 - Anderson: "The Queen of Air and Darkness"; #3026 - Dickson: "Profile"; #3027 - Blish: "Poul Anderson: The Enduring Explosion"; #3028 - Anderson: "Bibliography"; #3029 - Karen Anderson: "The Unicorn Trade"
1971 NOV  22nd Anniversary All-Star Issue; this anniversary issue was delayed by a month due to a change in printer; this issue contains the first F&SF Competition 
intentional  all stories, #3106-3119
1972 APR  Special James Blish Issue, includes a special cover by Judith Blish; the 6th issue dedicated to an author of note 
intentional  #3175 - James Blish: "Midsummer Century"; #3176 - Robert A.W. Lowndes: "James Blish: Profile"; #3177 - Lester del Rey: "The Hand at Issue"; #3178 - Mark Owings: "James Blish: Bibliography"
1972 MAY  Science Fiction and the University Issue 
intentional  #3195 - Ferman: "Science Fiction and the University"; #3196 - Tenn: "Jazz Then, Musicology Now"; #3197 - Clareson: "SF: The Academic Dimensions"; #3198 - Suvin: "Books"; #3199 - Asimov: "Science: Academe and I"; #3200 - Williamson: "Colleges Offering ..."
1972 OCT  23rd Anniversary Issue 
intentional  all stories, #3251-3261
1973 SEP  Special Frederik Pohl Issue, includes a special cover by Carol Pohl; the 7th issue dedicated to an author of note 
intentional  #3399 - Frederik Pohl: "In the Problem Pit"; #3400 - Lester del Rey: "Frederik Pohl: Frontiersman"; #3401 - Mark Owings: "Frederik Pohl: Bibliography"
1973 OCT  24th Anniversary All-Star Issue 
intentional  all stories, #3410-3422
1974 APR  Special Robert Silverberg Issue, includes a special cover by Ed Emsh; the 8th issue dedicated to an author of note 
intentional  #3484 - Robert Silverberg: "Born With the Dead"; #3485 - Barry N. Malzberg: "Robert Silverberg"; #3486 - Thomas D. Clareson: "Robert Silverberg: The Compleat Writer"; #3487 - Donald H. Tuck: "Robert Silverberg: Bibliography"
1974 OCT  25th Anniversary Issue 
intentional  all stories, #3557-3570
1975 MAR  Special All-Star Issue 
intentional  all stories, #3627-3638
1975 OCT  26th Anniversary Issue 
intentional  all stories, #3715-3725
1976 OCT  27th Anniversary Issue 
intentional  all stories, #3862-3873

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