‘SF Impulse’

SF Impulse was the short-lived but crucial missing link between the two great post-War British speculative fiction magazines, New Worlds and Science Fantasy. New Worlds launched (as a magazine) in 1946, with Science Fantasy following it in 1950. The final issue of Science Fantasy (No. 81) was published in February 1966, and in March of that year the first Impulse took its place, running for twelve issues (see below) until February 1967, after which it became absorbed into the last two (paperback) issues of New Worlds (Nos 171 & 172, March & April 1967). Thereafter New Worlds (sans Impluse) returned to a mostly magazine format.

Impulse Vol. 1 No. 1
sub-titled “The NEW Science Fantasy” on front cover and contents page;
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, March 1966,
“Compact” on spine;
edited by Kyril Bonfiglioli;
original price:  3/6;
160 pages;
cover artist: Judith Ann Lawrence.

Contents:-
p. 2: Editorial by Kyril Bonfiglioli;
p. 4: ‘The Circulation Of The Blood’ by Brian W. Aldiss;
p. 36: ‘High Treason’ by Poul Anderson;
p. 53: ‘You And Me And The Continuum’ by J.G. Ballard;
p. 61: ‘A Hero’s Life’ by James Blish;
p. 87: ‘The Gods Themselves Throw Incense’ by Harry Harrison;
p. 104: ‘Deserter’ by Richard Wilson;
p. 118: ‘The Secret’ by Jack Vance;
p. 127: ‘Pavane: The Signaller’ by Keith Roberts.

Impulse Vol. 1 No. 2
sub-titled “The NEW Science Fantasy” on front cover and contents page;
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, April 1966,
“Compact” on spine;
edited by Kyril Bonfiglioli;
original price:  3/6;
160 pages;
cover artist: Keith Roberts.

Contents:-
p. 2: Editorial (part) by Kyril Bonfiglioli;
p. 4: ‘Pavane: The Lady Anne’ by Keith Roberts;
p. 47: Editorial (conclusion);
p. 48: ‘A Light Feint’ by John Rackham (a.k.a. John T. Phillifent);
p. 61: ‘Break The Door Of Hell’ by John Brunner;
p. 99: ‘Homecoming’ (“The First Of Two Parts”) by Judith Merril.

Impulse Vol. 1 No. 3
sub-titled “The NEW Science Fantasy” on front cover and contents page;
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, May 1966,
“Compact” on spine;
edited by Kyril Bonfiglioli;
original price:  3/6;
160 pages;
cover artist: Keith Roberts.

Contents:-
p. 2: Editorial (part) by Kyril Bonfiglioli;
p. 4: ‘Seventh Moon’ by John Rankine (a.k.a. Douglas R. Mason);
p. 46: ‘Cry Martian’ (conclusion [see below]) by Peter L. Cave;
p. 47: ‘Brother John’ by Keith Roberts;
p. 81: Editorial (conclusion);
p. 82: ‘The Pace That Kills’ by Alistair Bevan (a.k.a. Roberts);
p. 118: ‘The Run’ by Chris Priest;
p. 127: ‘Cry Martian’ (part [see above]) by Cave;
p. 129: ‘Homecoming’ (“The Second Of Two Parts”) by Judith Merril.

Impulse Vol. 1 No. 4
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, June 1966,
“Compact” on spine;
edited by Kyril Bonfiglioli;
original price:  3/6;
160 pages;
cover artist: Keith Roberts.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Guest Editorial’ (part) (non-fiction; as “Editorial” on contents page) by Harry Harrison;
p. 4: ‘Hatchetman’ by Mack Reynolds;
p. 50: ‘George’ by Chris Boyce;
p. 63: ‘The Golden Coin Of Spring’ by John Hamilton;
p. 70: ‘Pavane: Lords & Ladies’ (as ‘Pavane: Lords And Ladies’ on contents page) by Keith Roberts;
p. 101: Guest Editorial (conclusion);
p. 102: ‘The Superstition’ by Angus McAllister;
p. 112: ‘Clay’ by Paul Jents;
p. 121: ‘Synopsis’ by George Hay;
p. 124: ‘A Visitation Of Ghosts’ by R.W. Mackelworth.

Impulse Vol. 1 No. 5
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, July 1966,
“Compact” on spine;
edited by Kyril Bonfiglioli;
original price:  3/6;
160 pages;
cover artist: Keith Roberts.

Contents:-
p. 2: Editorial (part) by Kyril Bonfiglioli;
p. 4: ‘Critique’ (non-fiction) by Harry Harrison;
p. 7: ‘Pavane: Corfe Gate’ by Keith Roberts;
p. 69: ‘The Oh In Jose’ by Brian W. Aldiss;
p. 79: Editorial (conclusion);
p. 80: ‘The White Monument: A Monologue’ (as ‘The White Monument’ only, on contents page) by Peter Redgrove;
p. 90: ‘The Beautiful Man’ by Robert Clough;
p. 95: ‘Pattern As Set’ by John Rankine (a.k.a. Douglas R. Mason);
p. 108: ‘A Hot Summer’s Day’ by John Bell;
p. 130: ‘The Report’ by Russell Parker;
p. 133: ‘Hurry Down Sunshine’ by Roger Jones.

SF Impulse Vol. 1 No. 6
(as “Impulse” only, on contents page)
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, August 1966,
“Compact” on spine;
edited by Kyril Bonfiglioli;
original price:  3/6;
160 pages;
cover artist: Keith Roberts.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Critique’ (non-fiction) by Harry Harrison;
p. 5: ‘Make Room! Make Room!’ (1) by Harrison;
p. 85: ‘Wolves’ by Rob Sproat;
p. 90: ‘The First Last Martyr’ by Peter Tate;
p. 103: ‘Disengagement’ by T.F. Thompson;
p. 117: ‘A Comment’ (non-fiction) by E.C. Tubb;
p. 120: ‘The Scarlet Lady’ by Alistair Bevan (a.k.a. Keith Roberts).

(To be continued…)