Vargo Statten Science Fiction Magazine

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Vargo Statten Science Fiction Magazine was a British science fiction magazine which published nineteen issues between 1954 and 1956. The first four issues were in pulp format, and the remainder were digest-sized or paperback-sized. The title also varied: it was also known as Vargo Statten British Science Fiction Magazine, British Science Fiction Magazine, and The British Space Fiction Magazine. E.C. Tubb and John Russell Fearn were regular contributors, and Kenneth Bulmer also published several stories in the magazine. Barrington Bayley's first story, "Combat's End", appeared in May 1954. The editor was initially Alistair Paterson, but after seven issues Fearn took the helm: "Vargo Statten" was one of Fearn's aliases, and the magazine's title had been chosen because of his popularity. Neither editor had enough of a budget to attract good quality submissions, and a printing strike in 1956 brought an end to the magazine's life.[1]

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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1954 1/1 1/2 1/3 1/4 1/5 1/6 1/7 1/8
1955 1/9 1/10 1/11 1/12 2/1 2/2 2/3 2/4 2/5 2/6
1956 2/7
Issues of Vargo Statten Science Fiction Magazine from 1954 to 1956


  1. ^ Mike Ashley, "Vargo Statten Science Fiction Magazine", in Tymn & Ashley, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Weird Fiction Magazines, pp. 703–705.


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  • Tymn, Marshall B.; Ashley, Mike (1985). Science Fiction, Fantasy and Weird Fiction Magazines. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-21221-X.