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SF Commentary

SF Commentary began on 1 January 1969. Numbers 98 and 99 have appeared during 2019, with Numbers 100 and 101 scheduled to be published before the end of the year. Together, the four issues form the 50th Anniversary Edition.

SFC 1, dated January 1969, actually appeared in early March 1969. It concentrated on the novels of Philip K. Dick. I had written several articles about my favourite author in 1967. The first of these articles appeared in SF Commentary 1, and in 1975 all of them were collected into a book, Philip K. Dick: Electric Shepherd. Therefore it is appropriate that Numbers 80 and 83 include long sections devoted to continuing discussion of Philip Dick’s work.

No 1 also featured reviews by George Turner, and articles by writers such as Damien Broderick. I wrote a long article about the excitement that the Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey had caused among Melbourne SF fans during 1968, the year it was released.

During the 1970s, SF Commentary was nominted three times for the Hugo Award (World SF Achievement Award) for Best Fanzine, and began winning its long line of Ditmar Awards (Australian Achievement Award). Major authors who published in the magazine included Stanislaw Lem, Ursula Le Guin, and Philip Jose Farmer. Then as today, the long letter columns regularly featured most of the major figures in fan and pro writing.

All issues of SF Commentary for the last 20 years have become available in PDF format at . Some paper copies remain of these issues, but I encourage all future readers to download issues, because of steadily rising printing and postage costs.