ish n.

an issue or edition in a series; spec. an issue of a magazine, esp. (in early use) a fanzine

SF Fandom

  • 1937 ‘Erdstelulov’ Onward Esperanto in Imagination! (vol. 1, iss. 2, whole no. 2) Nov. 13 page image Forrest J. Ackerman

    Esperanto th language of ATLANTIS! What phantasy this? Only last ish U read, U say, this yr is 50th Anniversry of Esp—then how could it’v been th common tongue of th ancient legendary isle?

  • 1942 M. Lesser Letter in Planet Stories Spring 123/1 page image Milton Lesser bibliography

    What strange part of your mind (?) made you reprint Morey’s pic from the third ish.

  • 1942 A. Verity Letter in Planet Stories Spring 124/1 page image

    In the winter ish, the stories were so good that it was pretty hard to classify them.

  • 1947 Startling Stories May 103/1

    Here are my criticisms of the Jan. ish.

  • 1949 Planet Stories Fall 104/1

    I am rather busy and have formed the habit of rarely reading a whole ish at a sitting, but buying every ish and looking in the Vizi to find out which stories to read in my unread back numbers.

  • 1961 G. H. Scithers in Amra July 2 George H. Scithers

    Next ish: a guide to who is who of the Howard heroes in the centerspread.

  • 1967 Worlds of If Science Fiction June 160/2

    My sincerest apologies to Brother Ron Smith in the December ish.

  • 1974 D. Oakes Letter in Amazing Science Fiction Oct. 126/1 page image Dan'l Danehy-Oakes bibliography

    Having read the latest few ishes of Amazing, the letters columns bring out an interesting controversy: Who are the greatest authors in the sf field?

  • 1985 J. Wright Letter in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 13/2 page image

    At the rate I’m enjoying the November issue, the next ish should arrive before I finish the stories. What a nice balance, and plenty of food for thought in this issue. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • 1992 Psychotronic (#13) Summer 60/1 (advt.) page image

    Bad Seed—Five ishes available @ $2 each; juvenile delinquent PB fanzine. Specify ish.


Research requirements

antedating 1937

Earliest cite

Forrest J. Ackerman

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1949 cite from a letter to the editor of Planet Stories by Radell Faraday Nelson.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from a letter to the editor of Startling Stories by Edwin Drogin.
Fred Galvin submitted 1942 cites from letters to the editor of Planet Stories by Milt Lesser and A. Verity.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1967 cite from a letter to If magazine by Drake Maynard.
Imran Ghory submitted a cite from a 1978 article, "Star Trek Lives: Trekker Slang" by Patricia Byrd.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1937 cite from Forrest J. Ackerman.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1974 cite from Dan Oakes.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1985 cite from Judy Wright.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1992 cite from an ad for a zine in "Psychotronic".

Added to the OED as a new entry in September 2003, with an earliest cite of 1955. Updated Dec 2004 to include the 1942 citation.

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