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  • Pulp magazine that ran from 1952 until 1959.

    The only professional science-fiction magazine published in Scotland, Nebula published the first science-fiction stories by such authors as Robert Silverberg and Brian Aldiss, but also frequently published original stories by American and Australian authors.

    Nebula was founded, edited, and originally self-financed by Peter Hamilton; the latter fact, combined with the fact that the magazine was printed by the then teenaged Hamilton's parents' printing company in between their other printing jobs, led to the extremely irregular release of early issues. Nevertheless, the magazine developed a strong following among both writers and readers. According to Mike Ashley, 'Hamilton's love for good science fiction, his determination to produce a good-quality magazine and his willingness to work with writers all contributed towards Nebula rapidly establishing itself' (Transformations: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970, Liverpool University Press, 2005, p.87).

    The magazine's international circulation (with only a quarter of its sales in the United Kingdom) ultimately led to its closure, when the import contorls imposed on foreign magazines by Australia and South Africa, combined with the UK's excise duties, put the magazine under intolerable financial strain in the late 1950s.

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First known date: 1952

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For Reading That's Different (issues 24 to 29 and issues 33 to 41). Issues 30 and 31 carried an alternative sub-title: America's Favourite SF Authors.
Ostensibly, the magazine was published first quarterly and then bi-monthly (as stated on the front cover), but the frequency was extremely irregular during the early years. Nebula did manage regular monthly publication during 1958.
Issue 1 (autumn 1952) - issue 41 (June 1959). The magazine shifted from a quarterly (seasonal) to a bi-monthly schedule in September 1953.
Large digest.
Two shillings (issues 1 to 39); 2 shillings and sixpence (issues 40 and 41).
Artists included Gerard Quinn, Eddie Jones, and James Stark (front covers); Harry Turner (interior illustrations); and Arthur Thomson ('ATom') (black-and-white back-cover illustrations).
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