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By Mike Ashley

This 3rd quantity in Mike Ashley's four-volume learn of the science-fiction magazines makes a speciality of the turbulent years of the Seventies, whilst the U.S. emerged from the Vietnam battle into an financial quandary. It observed the tip of the Apollo moon programme and the beginning of the ecology stream. This proved to be essentially the most advanced classes for the science-fiction magazines. not just have been they suffering to outlive in the financial system, in addition they needed to focus on the demise of the daddy of contemporary technological know-how fiction, John W. Campbell, Jr., whereas dealing with new and in all likelihood threatening competition. the marketplace for technological know-how fiction diverse as by no means sooner than, with the expansion in new anthologies, the emergence of semi-professional magazines, the explosion of technological know-how fiction in collage, the beginning of role-playing gaming magazines, underground and grownup comics and, with the luck of celebrity Wars, media magazines. This quantity explores how the normal science-fiction magazines coped with this, from the

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Asprin's story, 'Cold Cash War', was written as a satire of military fiction and portrayed a future where corporate multinationals had effectively superseded governments and fought against each other with mercenary armies in what was effectively a computerized wargame. Wargaming was starting to be a big industry by 1977 and would have an impact on the sf magazines, as I shall explore later. The story was a promising start but most of Asprin's later work was in the fantasy field and he sold nothing else to the sf magazines.

Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and Brenda Pearce was nominated. Plauger had several stories in Analog, most notably 'Child of All Ages' (March 1975), a touching story of a girl w h o is immortal and has to keep reinventing herself every generation so as to blend in to society. However the demands of Plauger's business career curtailed his writing and after a sequel to this story, 'The Con Artist' (December 1976), he did not appear again in Analog for 15 years. Spider Robinson, on the other hand, rapidly established his name.

58). Gordon R. Dickson's serial 'The Outposter' (May-July 1971), the last Campbell would see through into print, also feels disap22 See Gary Lovisi's interview with Wilson in Paperback Parade #40 (October 1994) in which Wilson refers to himself as a 'rational anarchist' and 'radical capitalist' (p. 63). pointingly defeatist in portraying the dregs of society being deported from Earth to control pollution and overpopulation, rather t h a n positive action being taken to solve the problem. It is possible that the cracks were showing in Campbell's positivism, perhaps owing to his failing health and the depressing state of society.

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