Geis' Science Fiction Review

(See Science Fiction Review for the many other things with this name.)

SFR (also known at times as Psychotic, Richard E. Geis, The Alien Critic, and TAC) was published beginning in 1953 by Richard E. Geis and is one of the major award-winning fanzines of the 20th century. It had a very complicated publishing record:

Summary Publishing History
Dates Title Numbers Editor
Jul 1953 — Oct-Nov 1955 Psychotic 1 — 27
1955 — 1971 Science Fiction Review 21- 43
1967 — 1969 Psychotic 21 — 27
1969 — 1971 Science Fiction Review 28 — 43
1971 — 1972 Richard E. Geis 1 — 3
Jan 1973 — Nov 1974 The Alien Critic 4 — 11
1975 — 1975 Science Fiction Review (TAC) 12 — 13
Feb 1975 — Win 1986 Science Fiction Review V4#1 — V15#4 (No. 61)
Spr 1990 — May 1992 Science Fiction Review #1 — #10 ed. now Elton Elliott

The title Psychotic was revived in 1967 before again changing to Science Fiction Review in 1969. The change was made to reflect Psychotic's change in focus from fandom to sf. As Geis commented, "Essentially, PSY is/was too inappropriate as a title for what the zine had become. I don't mean to sound as if the zine will be stuffy and formal — it'll be casual and active as usual, but a lot of the adult juvenility will be cut. A lot, but not all. I'm a kid at heart, even if I am slowly growing up."

It won the Best Fanzine Hugo in 1969, 1970, 1977 and 1979.

It was nominated for Best Fanzine in 1956, 1968, 1970-1971, 1976-1983
Best Semiprozine in 1984-1987

Issue Date Pages Notes
Titled Psychotic
1 July 1953 20
2 1953
3 September 1953 40
4 1953
5 1953
6 December 1953 32
7 January 1954 30
8 February 1954 30
9 1954
10 April 1954 36
11 May 1954 26
12 June 1954 26
13 July 1954 26
14 August 1954 24
15 September 1954 24
16 October 1954 52
17 November 1954 32
18 January 1955 32
19 March 1955 32
20 May 1955 40
1955 — 1971, now Science Fiction Review, issues 21- 43
Begins 2nd Series of Psychotic — note that it re-starts 1st series numbering
21 November 1967 18
22 December 1967 40
23 January 1968 48
24 March 1968 52
25 May 1968 50
26 July 1968 48 Includes Bode collection
27 September 1968 56 Includes Bode collection; Continues as Science Fiction Review
1969 — 1971, now Science Fiction Review, issues 28 — 43
1971 — 1972, now Richard E. Geis, issues 1 — 3
Now titled Alien Critic
4 January 1973 54
5 May 1973 68
6 August 1973 32
7 November 1973 76
8 February 1974 50
9 May 1974 54
10 August 1974 60
11 November 1974 74
1975 — 1975, now Science Fiction Review (TAC), issues 12 — 13
February 1975 — Winter 1986, Now Science Fiction Review, issues V4#1 — V15#4 (No. 61)
Spring 1990 — May 1992, revived Science Fiction Review with ed. now Elton Elliott, issues #1 — #10

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