Skyrack

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Skyrack was edited by Ron Bennett, whose Skyrack Book Service had begun to sell SF. "Skyrack" was an administrative area 15 miles south of Harrogate, where Bennett lived and The Skyrack Newsletter (its original name) seemed like a more science-fictional title than "The Harrogate Newsletter" would have been. Skyrack first appeared in April 1959 and was intended to fill the gap left by the end of the British newszine Contact in 1957 and to balance the Americentric slant of Terry Carr and Ron Ellik's Fanac.

Skyrack was the premier British fandom newszine during the 1960s, featuring convention reports and club news. It covered TAFF news extensively, including voting results, and also reported on the special Parker and Willis funds and their subsequent trips. It was the first fanzine to report on the British bid for the 1965 Worldcon. It featured annual fan preference polls. Winners announced in 1960 (issue #16, first annish) for 1959 were ATom for Best Fanartist, John Berry for Best Fanwriter, and Aporetta for Best Fanzine. Poll winners in subsequent years included Ella Parker (for her fanzine Orion), Walt Willis, Ethel Lindsay, and Hyphen. Skyrack won its own fan poll (the Skyrack Poll) for Best Fanzine in 1963 and 1964. Skyrack 83 in 1965 carried "The Definitive Loncon II Report".

Starting about the middle of 1965, publication went from monthly to bimonthly due to lack of time and space. Only one issue appeared in 1967 and it suspended publication in 1968, with one more issue in 1971 to cover the deaths of John W. Campbell, Jr. and August Derleth.

There were two parody fanzines, Skyhack (three issues) and the one-off The Skyreck Newsletter. All issues are archived online as below and are collected in ebook form as The Complete Skyrack (Ansible Editions, 2017), which also includes the parodies plus hoax front-page stories sent by Bennett himself to individual fans.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 April 4, 1959 4
2 May 1, 1959 4
3 June 1, 1959 4
4 July 1, 1959 4
5 July 28, 1959 4
6 August 18, 1959 4
7 September 9, 1959 4
8 October 10, 1959 6
9 November 1, 1959 4
10 December 1, 1959 4
11 January 1, 1960 4
12 January 5, 1960 4
13 February 5, 1960 4
14 February 22, 1960 4
15 March 14, 1960 4
16 April 5, 1960 6
17 April 25, 1960 4
18 May 1, 1960 4
19 May 28, 1960 6
20 June 20, 1960 6
21 July 20, 1960 4
22 August 12, 1960 4
23 September 6, 1960 6
24 October 4, 1960 4
25 October 31, 1960 5
26 November 26, 1960 4
27 December 27, 1960 4
28 January 29, 1961 4
29 February 1961 4
30 March 23, 1961 4
31 April 6, 1961 6
32 May 1, 1961 4
33 June 14, 1961 4
34 July 17, 1961 4
35 August 23, 1961 4
36 September 5, 1961 4
37 September 18, 1961 4
38 October 3, 1961 4
39 November 3, 1961 4
38 October 3, 1961 4
40 December 6, 1961 4
41 February 1, 1962 4
42 April 27, 1962 10
43 June 2, 1962 4
44 July 2, 1962 4
45 September 4, 1962 6
46 October 9, 1962 4
47 November 18, 1962 6
48 December 17, 1962 4
49 February 4, 1963 4
50 March 4, 1963 4
51 April 4, 1963 8
52 April 6, 1963 2
53 April 20, 1963 8
54 May20, 1963 2
55 June 20, 1963 4
56 July 16, 1963 4
57 August 31, 1963 4
58 October 2, 1963 8
59 November 2, 1963 4
60 November 12, 1963 4
61 December 19, 1963 4
62 January 29, 1964 6
63 February 29, 1964 4
64 March 16, 1964 6
65 April 2, 1964 6
68 June 12, 1964 4
69 August 12, 1964 4
70 September 17, 1964 4
71 October 20, 1964 6
72 November 27, 1964 4
73 December 30, 1964 4
74 January 31, 1965 4
75 February 28, 1965 4
76 March 4, 1965 4
77 April 12, 1965 4
78 May 9, 1965 4
79 May 11, 1965 4
80 June 17, 1965 2
80A June 30, 1965 2
81 July 30, 1965 4
82 August 24, 1965 2
83 September 6, 1965 12
84 October 4, 1965 4
85 December 1, 1965 4
86 February 9, 1966 4
87 April 9, 1966 4
88 April 15, 1966 4
89 April 17, 1966 2
90 June 15, 1966 4
91 July 27, 1966 4
92 September 9, 1966 4
93 November 26, 1966 4
94 August 8, 1967 6
95 May 1, 1968 4
Skyrack Trader 96 October 1970 24
Skyrack Trader 99 May 1971 18
96 July 18, 1971 4
Skyrack Trader 5 October 1971 22
Skyrack Trader 6 December 1971 32
Skyrack Trader 7 October 1971 22
Skyrack Trader 8 April 1972 20
Skyrack Trader 9 June 1972 20
Skyrack Trader 10 1972
Skyrack Trader 11 December 1972 34
European Fantasy Trader April 1973 36

Skyhack[edit]

Issue Date Pages Notes
3 May 35, 1964 4 by "Ben Ronnett"
8 August 29, 1959 4
25 February 30, 1960 4
Skyreck 1 April 1, 1962 by "Ethel Lindsay|Ethel Lindsay Bennett" and "Colin Freeman Bennett"


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