Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wikipedia article of the day for June 6, 2018

The Wikipedia article of the day for June 6, 2018 is Fantasy Book.
Fantasy Book was a semi-professional American science fiction magazine that published eight issues between 1947 and 1951. The listed editor, "Garret Ford", was a pseudonym for William L. Crawford and his wife, Margaret; the publisher was Crawford's Fantasy Publishing Company, Inc. Crawford had problems distributing the magazine, and his budget limited the quality of the paper he could afford and the artwork he was able to buy, but he attracted submissions from some well-known writers, including Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, A. E. van Vogt, Robert Bloch, and L. Ron Hubbard. Cordwainer Smith's first sale, "Scanners Live in Vain", appeared in the magazine, and was later included in the first Science Fiction Hall of Fame anthology; it is now regarded as one of Smith's finest works. Jack Gaughan, later an award-winning science fiction artist, made his first professional sale to Fantasy Book, for the cover illustrating Smith's story (pictured).