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Issue Details: First known date: 1947... 1947 The Sydney Futurian
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A news bulletin-style zine, The Sydney Futurian continued on from The Futurian Society of Sydney's former publication The Futurian Observer, which had ceased in 1943. Although no specific editor has been identified, the core group of individuals who revived the society in 1947 and who oversaw the publication of the zine during its first few issues were Vol Molesworth, Eric Russell, Stirling Macoboy, Laura Molesworth, and Graham B. Stone. Another member who soon afterwards played an active role in the zine's publication was Arthur Haddon.

The first issue of the Sydney Futurian, a four-page duplicated publication in foolscap format, was issued in September 1947. By the time the final issue was published in late 1948, up to 75 copies were distributed throughout the English-speaking world (Molesworth p.15). The eighth issue was specially timed and prepared for distribution at the 1948 Toronto Science Fiction Convention. The editors in this issue called for the formation of a world-wide science-fiction fan society, to possibly be named the World Science Fiction League.

The Sydney Futurian ceased in 1948 following the society's December meeting (no. 112), at which it was decided that a committee should be formed to set up a plan for a larger magazine. Vol Molesworth suggests that in hindsight this was a tactical error, as the zine which followed (the F.F.S. News) only lasted three issues (p.18). Although the committee later gave its report suggesting the publication of a 40-page magazine comprising feature articles, short fiction, and news (and to be named Boomerang), this never eventuated.


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First known date: 1947

PeriodicalNewspaper Details

No 1 (September 1947) - No 15 (November 1948).
The Futurian Observer.
Continued by:
F.F.S. News.
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