Orbit

(1) A 50s Prozine

Orbit Science Fiction was a digest-sized magazine that ran for a total of only five issues during 1953-1954. The editor credited on the masthead was Jules Saltman, but Donald A. Wollheim bought all the stories published. At the time Wollheim was working at Ace Books and this accounts for his anonymity.

Authors who appeared in the five issues included August Derleth (whose Tex Harrigan appeared in every issue), Charles Beaumont, Mack Reynolds, Richard Matheson, Philip K. Dick, Chad Oliver, Alfred Coppel, Gordon R. Dickson, Michael Shaara, Jack Vance, and Wollheim himself (under his Martin Pearson and David Grinnell bylines).

Frank H. Parnell, writing in Peter Nicholls' The Science Fiction Encyclopedia, wrote that Orbit fell victim to the inundation of the SF magazine market of the early 1950s.

An Australian edition, one issue, appeared in 1954, a reprint of the first American issue.

For more on Orbit Science Fiction, see http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/orbit_science_fiction

(2) A Semiprozine by Kees Van Toorn

Orbit was a semi-prozine published from 1977 - 1989 by Kees Van Toorn. It received a Eurocon Award.

(3) An Original Anthology Series

Orbit was a series of original anthologies edited by Damon Knight starting in 1966. The stories ranged from great to too experimental for most fans and was more than a bit controversial for that reason. At its best it marked a major turning point in SF.

See http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/orbit

(4) A Clubzine

George Gibson published Orbit for the Leeds Science Fiction Association.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 October 1953 14
2 December 1953 18
3 February 1954 24
4 June 1954 30
5 September 1954 30
6 December 1954 32
7 January 1956 22 Final issue

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