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Hyphen was a Irish science fiction fanzine published from 1952-1965 by Walt Willis with various others (Chuck Harris, VinĀ¢ Clarke, Ian McAuley and Madeleine Willis). Over that period, they published 36 issues (one including a separate 'Literary Supplement'). In addition, a 37th issue was created by the Willises in 1987 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Irish science fiction fandom. Hyphen was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 1957 and 1959; and for the 1954 Retro Hugo [1] (In 1958 editor Willis was awarded 1958 Hugo Award as 'Outstanding Actifan' [active fan], which replaced the Best Fanzine category that year.)

Hyphen was considered one of the pivotal fanzines of its era for its humour and wit contributed by writers like Willis and illustrators like ATom.[2][3] Science fiction fan, critic and author Damon Knight wrote in a letter of comment on issue #10, The reason Hyphen is so good, I take it, apart from the accidental assemblage of half a dozen geniuses in Britain, and the reason so many serious and constructive fanzines are so ghastly dull, is that the former is an original contribution, and the latter are self-consciously second-hand. I would like you to ponder this thought though, if it hasn't already occurred to you: it's exactly the fun-loving fanzines like Hyphen, Bradbury's Futuria Fantasia, and Snide (not a plug -- the mag's 2nd and final issue was published 14 years ago) which have profoundly influenced science fiction.[4]

External links


  1. ^ The Long List of Hugo Awards
  2. ^ [Tymn, Marshall B., ed. The Science Fiction Reference Book: A Comprehensive Handbook and Guide to the History, Literature, Scholarship, and Related Activities of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Fields Starmont: 1981; pp. 106-08.]
  3. ^ [Nicholls, Peter. Science Fiction Encyclopedia Doubleday: 1979; p. 302]
  4. ^ Willis, Walt. "I Remember Me" Mimosa 16, Dec. 1994, pp. 21-24


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