Orbit Science Fiction

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(Did you mean original anthology series, a Kees van Toorn semiprozine or a Leeds clubzine?)

Orbit Science Fiction was a digest-sized magazine that ran for a total of only five issues during 1953-1954. The editor credited on the masthead was Jules Saltman, but Donald A. Wollheim bought all the stories published. At the time Wollheim was working at Ace Books and this accounts for his anonymity.

Authors who appeared in the five issues included August Derleth (whose Tex Harrigan appeared in every issue), Charles Beaumont, Mack Reynolds, Richard Matheson, Philip K. Dick, Chad Oliver, Alfred Coppel, Gordon R. Dickson, Michael Shaara, Jack Vance, and Wollheim himself (under his Martin Pearson and David Grinnell bylines).

Frank H. Parnell, writing in Peter Nicholls' The Science Fiction Encyclopedia, wrote that Orbit fell victim to the inundation of the SF magazine market of the early 1950s.

An Australian edition, one issue, appeared in 1954, a reprint of the first American issue.

SF Encyclopedia entry


Publication 19531954
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