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Gamma No. 1 1963

“The scene is the Hall of the Great Guilty Lovers in Hell— roofed with stars that glitter like the first glances of fatal love, paved with sulfurous cosmic darkness assuage with desire, and walled with distant nebulas and galaxies that intertwine lasciviously.”
“Crimes Against Passion” by Fritz Leiber Gamma Vol. 1 No. 1 1963

Fantastic Aug. 1975

Fantastic Aug. 1975

Contents
Ted White: Editorial
R.A. Lafferty “Old Halloweens on the Guna Slopes” art by Richard Olsen
Harvey Schreiber “Death from the Sea” art by Steve Fabian
Barry N. Malzberg “Transfer” art by Tony Gleeson
Joe Haldeman “The Devil His Due”
L. Sprague de Camp: Literary Swordsmen & Sorcerers (El-Ron of the City of Brass)
Fritz Leiber: Fantasy Books
Michael Moorcock “Count Brass” Part Two (Dorian Hawkmoon) art by Harry Rolland
According to You (Letters)
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Fantastic Sword & Sorcery and Fantasy Stories Vol. 24 No. 5 August 1975
Publisher: Sol Cohen
Assoc. Publisher: Arthur Bernhard
Editor: Ted White
Assoc. Editor: Grant Carrington
Assist. Editor: Lou Stathis, Terry Hughes
Art Director: J. Edwards
Cover: Harry Rolland
5.25” x 7.75” 130 pages 75¢

Fantastic June 1975

Fantastic June 1975
Fantastic June 1975

Contents
Grant Carrington: Editorial on Clarion
Michael Moorcock “Count Brass” Part One (Darian Hawkmoon) art by Harry Roland
Robert E. Howard & Lin Carter “The Tower of Time” art by Michael Nally
Jack D. Haldeman II “Laura’s Theme” art by Richard Olsen
Richard W. Brown “The Adventures of Jack and that Which Befell Him” art by Ken Kelly
Williams Nabors “Goodbye Joe Quietwater—Hello!” art by Tony Gleeson
Robert F. Young “Techmech” art by Lawrence Kamp
Al Sirois “The Woman Machine”
Fritz Leiber: Fantasy Books
According to You (Letters)
Classified Advertisements

Fantastic Sword & Sorcery and Fantasy Stories Vol. 24 No. 4 April 1975
Publisher: Sol Cohen
Assoc. Publisher: Arthur Bernhard
Editor: Ted White
Assoc. Editor: Grant Carrington
Assist. Editor: Moshe Feder, Terry Hughes
Art Director: J. Edwards
Cover: Harry Roland
5.25” x 7.75” 130 pages 75¢

Joe Wehrle, Jr. at Clarion

Where is Janice Gantry?

Excerpt from “The Creative Works of Joe Wehrle, Jr.” from The Digest Enthusiast No. 8, June 2018. His story, “Kromaflies,” appears in The Digest Enthusiast No. 10, June 2019. (Quotes gleaned from Joe’s interviews or correspondence.)

In 1968, Robin Scott Wilson organized the first Clarion Writers’ Workshop for fantasy and science fiction at the Clarion State College in Pennsylvania. The staff of visiting lecturers during its first year included Judith Merril, Fritz Leiber, Harlan Ellison, Kate Wilhelm, and Damon Knight. Joe Wehrle, Jr. was one of several students lucky enough to attend.

“When I attended the workshop in 1968 (with Karen and five-month-old Jill outside on a blanket among the trees),” Joe said, “Harlan Ellison told us, ‘I know we’re talking science fiction writing here, but if you want to study a really good modern writing style, you guys should be reading John D. MacDonald.’ Two I particularly remember enjoying are Dead Low Tide and Where is Janice Gantry, and his dozen or so Travis McGee stories are all very good too. The last one, The Lonely Silver Rain, is compelling, because, along with the mystery, Travis discovers and gets to know a daughter he had no idea existed.”

While at the workshop, Joe told me in 2010: “I wrote a story called ‘Kromaflies,’ which Robin Scott Wilson liked, Fritz Leiber felt showed that I had put a lot of thought into the development of the society I wrote about, and Harlan Ellison pretty much hated, although he did agree I was a ‘plotter,’ which was high praise from Harlan, who had no patience with anyone who wrote off the top of their head with no object in mind.”

Joe’s bibliography appears on the Larque Press website.

Kromaflies

Fantastic April 1975

Fantastic April 1975

Contents
Ted White: Editorial
Fritz Leiber “Under the Thumbs of the Gods” (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser) art by Stephen Fabian
Barry N. Malzberg “Dance”
Ross Rocklynne “Emptying the Plate” art by Tony Gleeson
Frank Belknap Long “Cottage Tenant” art by Michael Nally
Jack Dann “Fragmentary Blue” art by Richard Olsen
Ova Hamlet “Young Nurse Nebuchadnezzar” art by Dan Steffan
David R. Bunch “End of a Singer”
R.A. Montana “Interstate 15”
John Shirley “Silent Crickets”
Fritz Leiber: Fantasy Books
According to You
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Fantastic Sword & Sorcery and Fantasy Stories Vol. 24 No. 3 April 1975
Publisher: Sol Cohen
Assoc. Publisher: Arthur Bernhard
Editor: Ted White
Assoc. Editor: Grant Carrington
Assist. Editor: Moshe Feder, Terry Hughes
Art Director: J. Edwards
Cover: Stephen E. Fabian
5.25” x 7.75” 130 pages 75¢

On page 103 of this issue is the Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation which reveals an average distribution of 66,957 copies, of which only 23,631 are paid circulation (newsstands 22,183 and subscription 1,448). Roughly a third were sold and two thirds were returned.