Gateways to Forever

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Gateways to Forever

The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1970 to 1980

Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies, 34


April 1st, 2007

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This third volume in Mike Ashley’s four-volume study of the science-fiction magazines focuses on the turbulent years of the 1970s, when the United States emerged from the Vietnam War into an economic crisis. It saw the end of the Apollo moon programme and the start of the ecology movement. This proved to be one of the most complicated periods for the science-fiction magazines. Not only were they struggling to survive within the economic climate, they also had to cope with the death of the father of modern science fiction, John W. Campbell, Jr., while facing new and potentially threatening opposition. The market for science fiction diversified as never before, with the growth in new anthologies, the emergence of semi-professional magazines, the explosion of science fiction in college, the start of role-playing gaming magazines, underground and adult comics and, with the success of Star Wars, media magazines. This volume explores how the traditional science-fiction magazines coped with this, from the death of Campbell to the start of the major popular science magazine Omni and the first dreams of the Internet.

Author Information

Mike Ashley has specialised in the history of science fiction and fantasy for over fifty years. He is the author and editor of over 130 books that in total have sold more than a million copies worldwide. He received the Science Fiction Research Association's Pilgrim Award in 2002 for Lifetime Achievement in the field of science-fiction scholarship.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Chapter One: Goodbye to all That: The Old Gateways21
One Step … Forwards?21
The Gathering at the Gate23
The King is Dead …26
… Long Live the King37
The Forgotten Editor54
How the Mighty Fall79
Sex and Drugs and Rock ’n’ Roll89
The Anchor Mag106
New Blood, New Clothes123
Chapter Two: All This and Elwood Too: The Rival Gateways134
The Threat from Within134
The British Dimension136
Experiments in Orbit147
The Depths of Infinity155
From Nova to Quark159
Universe and New Dimensions167
The New Generations175
The Female Perspective192
The Elwood Factor209
Heroes and Villains233
The Threat from Without244
Chapter Three: Small but Dangerous: The Alternate Gateways253
Little Wonders256
The Fantastic Dimension268
Graphic Developments279
Rival Roles291
Spawn of the Weird296
Under Scrutiny308
Chapter Four: Back to the Future: The Final Gateways328
The Rise and Fall of Galileo328
A Fate Worse than Death336
The Cosmos Experience343
Asimov Triumphs347
Asimov Expansion357
Amazing Days366
Star Mags376
Super Science385
SF Destiny398
Chapter Five: Looking Back: The Gateways in Perspective403
Appendix 1: Non-English Language Science Fiction Magazines413
Appendix 2: Summary of Science-Fiction Magazines444
Appendix 3: Directory of Magazine Editors and Publishers465
Appendix 4: Director of Magazine Cover Artists479
Appendix 5: Schedule of Magazine Circulation Figures499
Select Bibliography502