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F&SF, September 1966

Over the past year or so, we’ve been doing a #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) feature on the F&SF blog, where they can easily be found under the “F&SF History” tag. We also share them on the F&SF Twitter account and Facebook page.

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Fantasy & Science Fiction, September 1966 art by Jack Vaughn#TBT to the September 1966 F&SF and this Jack Vaughn cover for “The Productions of Time” by John Brunner.

The issue opens with “Luana” by Gilbert Thomas, a short, wry science fiction story that was reprinted in Judith Merrill’s SF 12 volume. But most of the issue is taken up by Part 2 of Brunner’s short, serialized novel “The Productions of Time,” which involves a play, a mystery, and time travel.

“Mr. Wilde’s Second Chance” by Joanna Russ begins “When Oscar Wilde died, his soul was found too sad for heaven and too happy for hell. A tattered spirit with the look of a debased imp led him through miles of limbo into a large, foggy room…” and it goes on from there. The story was included in Russ’s collection The Hidden Side of the Moon and appeared in a couple popular anthologies.

“Municipal Dump” by journalist Max Gunther was a humorous sf story, one of two he published along w a novel during a long nonfiction career.

This issue also saw the first publication of “Narrow Valley” by R. A. Lafferty, one of his most famous and often reprinted stories. It’s a tall tale about a Pawnee named Clarence who uses a form of topographical magic to protect his land from homesteaders. “Narrow Valley” is readable online via the Internet Archive and courtesy of Ellen Datlow’s reprint in Sci Fiction

The issue closes with “Troubling of the Water,” a story about The People by Zenna Henderson. It was later included in No Different Flesh.

There’s also a cartoon by Gahan Wilson, a book column by Judith Merrill, and Isaac Asimov’s science column. F&SF’s 1966 issues earned a 1967 Hugo nomination for Best Professional Magazine, but it withdrew due to a conflict of interest because F&SF’s Assistant Editor Ted White was chair of Worldcon that year.

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