promag n.

a professional magazine; prozine n.

SF Fandom

  • 1937 J. Speer Collectors in Science Fiction Collector (vol. 3, iss. 5) Sept.–Oct. 11/2 page image Jack Speer

    Walter H. Gillings you all know of—first British columnist to pan an American fan mag (Fantasy), editor-owner of SCIENTIFICTION already making a name for itself as the finest printed mag in the world, and also the new editor of TALES OF WONDER promag, Britain’s first serious attempt at regular science fiction.

  • 1939 Le Zombie No. 2. 1

    Another new one due any time is to be put out by a fan new to fandom, but old to pro mags.

  • 1941 J. J. Fortier Letter in Astounding Science Fiction July 156/1 page image

    I guess that intangible something is closeness to perfection which makes my favorite science-fiction promag so easy to take with nary a word.

  • 1942 G. E. Rennison Letter in Planet Stories Spring 121/1 page image

    In exchange I am willing to send you any British stuff, reprints of two American prozines, Britain’s one and only sfn. pro mag., fanzines or whatever you want that I can lay my hands on.

  • 1946 1945–46 Fantasy Review 23 (heading)

    The Pro-mags in Review.

  • 1950 Fantasy Advertiser Jan. 13

    Issues of almost every pro-mag. No ASF’s or UNK’s. Some books. Write for free list today.

  • 1952 A. J. Budrys Everybody Gets in the Act in Planet Stories Nov. 111/1 (letter) page image Algis Budrys bibliography

    The advertising value of fanzines to promags is negligible, for the simple reason that anyone in sufficient contact with STF to read fanmags knows all about the prozines.

  • 1969 Meet the Authors in Vision of Tomorrow Aug. 63/1 page image

    Between them they issued the sf fan-mag, Nova Terrae. John Carnell, frequent visitor, later anglicized the name for his pro-mag, New Worlds.

Research requirements

antedating 1939

Earliest cite

W. Tucker 'Le Zombie'

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1952 cite from a letter to Planet Stories by Algis Budrys.
Alistair Durie submitted a 1946 cite from Joe Kennedy's "The 1945-46 Fantasy Review".
Alistair Durie submitted a 1939 cite from Bob Tucker's "Le Zombie".
Mike Christie submitted a 1941 cite from a letter by Joe Fortier in Astounding.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from an advert in Fantasy Advertiser.
Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from a 1996 reprint of James White's "The Exorcists of IF" (we would like to check its original publication in Hyphen, no. 37, Autumn 1987) (later note: according to the ISFDB, the original publication was in Algol #27, Fall 1976-Winter1977; no mention of Hyphen; unfortunately Algol #27 is not found in the Fanac archive) (still later note: Jesse Sheidlower verified it in the Internet Archive)
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1937 cite from Jack Speer in Science Fiction Collector.

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