‘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.

(To be continued…)