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Imagination and Infinity

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  • Started 2 weeks ago by JohnWThiel
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  1. JohnWThiel
    Member

    These two magazines were winners back in the day. They are not much discussed now because they brought things to a completion during their time of publication. They were formal, shining and complete.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  2. CarlGlover
    Member

    John, you must be suffering from an acute attack of that well-known fan affliction, "Golden Age nostalgia." It happens to all of us of a certain age from time to time. It can cause delirium, incoherence, excitability, age regression and false memory syndrome, among other signs and symptoms.

    For better or worse, there's no cure for it. Like malaria, it recurs spontaneously and unexpectedly, and only remits in its own good time. There's nothing to do but wallow in it while it lasts, and share it with a sympathetic ear if possible.

    Personally, I rather enjoy it. As a temporary refuge from melancholy, it can't be beat.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  3. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Not suffering, exactly. Surfing.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  4. CarlGlover
    Member

    Right, John. I stand corrected.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  5. Mark Pontin
    Member

    Huh. Larry Shaw's INFINITY, right?

    Before my time, John, but I myself am unreasonably fond of Fred Pohl's IF of the 1960s which I read when I was in short pants. Since Shaw's INFINITY was in a sort of comparable niche in the late 1950s, I can sort of relate.

    What INFINITY did have that was "formal, shining and complete" for the two years it ran, excepting the premiere issue, was an unbroken string of Ed Emsh's covers and arguably some of his best work, because he didn't have to get too tasteful like he did for F&SF.

    Emsh was a god. There's a French site that has all the covers and lists of the stories. Check out these babies. --

    https://www.collectorshowcase.fr/IMAGES2/infinity_5610.jpg

    https://www.collectorshowcase.fr/IMAGES2/infinity_5612.jpg

    https://www.collectorshowcase.fr/IMAGES2/infinity_5709.jpg

    Actually, Shaw was quite a competent, connected SF editor who did a pretty respectable job on what was probably on a shoe-string budget. INFINITY published quite a lot of top authors' stories that they couldn't sell to ASF, F&SF, and GALAXY -- sometimes, maybe, because the stories were too interesting and unconventional. Kornbluth's "The Last Man Left In the Bar", Jack Vance's "The Men Return", Damon Knight's "Dio," like that. Quite a few interesting stories from Algis Budrys, Pohl and Kornbluth (together and separately), Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, and Silverberg (in his sausage factory days).

    Here. Knock your yourself out --

    https://www.collectorshowcase.fr/infinity_page_1.htm

    https://www.collectorshowcase.fr/infinity_page_2.htm

    IMAGINATION, on the other hand, was a dog. Covers were awful and most of the authors weren't even respectable second-string SF writers, but hacks like pulpster supreme Dwight V. Swain who was equally at home banging out Westerns, Air Ace, detective stories or whatever.

    But I understand, John, first love is often the deepest --

    https://www.collectorshowcase.fr/imagination_page_1.htm

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  6. JohnWThiel
    Member

    "The Buttoned Sky" was quite a thriller.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  7. Full run of Infinity covers. Click for full size.

    http://philsp.com/mags/infinity_science_fiction.html

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  8. JohnWThiel
    Member

    A four year run, but it seems to have had an irregular publication schedule.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  9. GusG
    Member

    I read a few issues of Imagination a few years back. Hal Annas and Dwight Swain were both an embarrassment to the SF field. That is reading time that I will never get back.

    I have never read Infinity. Sometime.

    Having said that, I don't begrudge anyone their first reading joys. I hold dear some of the silly things I read years ago. You don't have to see everything through adult eyes.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  10. digdug
    Member

    Yeah Gus... I agree... There is some terrible writing in Imagination. Editor Hamling was taking rejects from Amazing I believe. Of course there were also stories I enjoyed in the magazines that I read.

    As for Infinity..... I remember it more fondly.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  11. JohnWThiel
    Member

    There was one thing that put them ahead for me--both magazines were very attentive to fandom.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  12. GusG
    Member

    Rejects from Amazing...Ouch.

    You have to love the Hannes Bok cover of the first issue, regardless.

    http://www.philsp.com/data/images/i/imagination_195010_v1_n1.jpg

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  13. Mark Pontin
    Member

    The Hannes Bok cover is great. It's all crapola after that.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  14. JohnWThiel
    Member

    I think Hamling put in for it big on his first issue and spent it all, then thereafter the magazine's quality slacked off.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #

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