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Serialized Wells's "The War of the Worlds" (1897) and "The First Men in the Moon" (1900-1901); other authors include Maxim Gorky, W.W. Jacobs, Ambrose Bierce, Arthur B. Reeve. Went through a muck-raking period but switched heavily to fiction in 1912. Eventually was transformed into a sexy upmarket women's magazine under the editorship of Helen Gurley Brown (from 1965).

Initially called The Cosmopolitan, although the definite article seems to have been dropped by 1903 or therabouts. Merged with Hearst's International in Mar-1925 and technically called Hearst's International combined with Cosmopolitan until Mar-1952, although generally known as Cosmopolitan throughout. Re- emerged under single name in April 1952.

Issues & Index Sources

  Mar-1886 – present: Index to Periodical Literature (Missing: Dec-1912 - May-1914; Sep-1934; Oct-1934; Dec-1934; Nov-1958; incomplete after Jun-1963)
FictionMags Index


  1886 – 1889: Joseph Hallock
  1889 – 1905: John B. Walker
  1905 – present: International Magazine Co. [Hearst]


  1886 – 1889: Joseph N. Hallock
  1889 – 1905: John Brisben Walker
  1918 – 1931: Ray Long
  1931 – 1946: Harry Payne Burton
  1946 – ?: Arthur Gordon
  1965 – ?: Helen Gurley Brown


  Mar-1886 – Aug-1916: standard, on coated stock, often with colour illustrations
  Sep-1916 – present: big slick



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  Spartacus Educational

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Cosmopolitan (UK)

UK edition of US original, though with many UK features. Prides itself on its high-quality short fiction and novel-extracts: authors include Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, Penelope Lively, David Lodge, Alison Lurie, Joyce Carol Oates, Ruth Rendell, Salman Rushdie, William Trevor, Alice Walker, Fay Weldon, Jeanette Winterson (some stories are reprints from The New Yorker and other American magazines). See such derivative anthologies as The Best of Cosmopolitan Fiction (Serpent's Tail, 1991) and The Cosmopolitan Book of Short Stories (Penguin, 1995), both edited by Kate Figes; women's magazine; circulation 461,000.

Issues & Index Sources:  1972 – present
Publishers:   National Magazines
Editors:   currently Mandi Norwood; fiction editor Kate Figes
Formats:   slick
Frequency:   monthly

Cosmopolitan Magazine

Total Issues: 1?

Issues & Index Sources:  Autumn 1946: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   New Realm Publishing Corporation, Temple Bar House, 23/28 Fleet Street, London E.C.4.
Prices:   1/-
Pagecounts:   50pp

Cosmopolitan Series

Total Issues: 36

Issues & Index Sources:  2-Jul-1889 – 21-Jan-1890: Dime Novel Bibliography (incomplete)
Publishers:   Hurst & Company, 122 Nassau St., New York
Formats:   7 5/8 x 5"
Prices:   25c
Pagecounts:   250-350
Frequency:   Tri-Weekly
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Cosmos [1938]

Total Issues: 2?

Fanzine that published early stories by Charles Eric Maine.

Issues & Index Sources:  1938: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   57 Beauclair Drive, Liverpool 15
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Cosmos [2005]

Total Issues: 66

Popular science magazine which published an SF story in each issue from 2005 to 2015. Continued thereafter without fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-2005 – Dec-2015/Jan-2016: Science Fiction Index (fiction only)
Publishers:   Luna Media Pty Ltd; Cosmos Media Pty Ltd
Editors:   Wilson da Silva
Prices:   AU$8.95 to AU$11.95
Frequency:   bimonthly
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia
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Cosmos Complete Novel

Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  1978: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Cosmos Literary Agency; Wallsend, England
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Cosmos Science-Fantasy Review

Total Issues: 3


Issues & Index Sources:  Apr-1969 – Jun/Jul-1969: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   Walter Gillings
Editors:   Walter Gillings
Prices:   2/-
Pagecounts:   20pp

Cosmos Science Fiction and Fantasy

Total Issues: 4

The editing of this magazine was actually subcontracted to the Scott Meredith Agency, where Larry M. Harris assembled the issues.

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1953 – Jul-1954: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Star Publications, NY
Editors:   nominally L.B. Cole, but actually Laurence M. Janifer
Formats:   digest
Prices:   35c
Pagecounts:   128pp
Frequency:   bimonthly but irregular
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia
Sources:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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Cosmos Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine

Total Issues: 4

Issues & Index Sources:  May-1977 – Nov-1977: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Baronet Publishing, NY
Editors:   David G. Hartwell
Formats:   quarto
Prices:   $1.00 ($1.25 last two)
Pagecounts:   72pp
Frequency:   bimonthly
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia
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Cosmos Science Fiction Series

Booklet series.

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1973 – #2, 1973: Science Fiction Index
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The Cosy Corner Novels

Total Issues: 73+209=282

Women's pocket library. Numbering restarted on 7-Jul-1906, as Vol 1 No 1 - Vol 4 No 13, then #126 - 209.

Issues & Index Sources

  17-Feb-1905 – 10-Feb-1906
  17-Feb-1906 – 30-Jun-1906, as Cosy Corner: The Girls' Home Paper
  7-Jul-1906 – 6-Feb-1909, as Cosy Corner: The Girls' Home Paper

#superseded by The Ladies' Home Paper


  Amalgamated Press




Total Issues: 7+6=13

Important little magazine of review and comment which also encouraged new fiction

Issues & Index Sources

  May-1919 – Winter 1920/1921: Index to English-Language Little Magazines, 1890-1970 (FicMags sample issue only)
FictionMags Index
  Nov-1925 – Summer/Autumn 1927, as New Coterie: Index to English-Language Little Magazines, 1890-1970


  1st series, Henderson;s, London; 2nd series, E. Archer, London.


  Chaman Hall to #5, then Russell Green



Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 4


Issues & Index Sources:  ? – present
Publishers:   Box J, 400 Kansas Union, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045 (in 2000 - 2002)
Editors:   Tom Lorenz (in 2000 - 2015)
Frequency:   twice yearly
Sources:   O. Henry Awards Website (in 2002)

Counterthrust Fantasy

Total Issues: 1

Fanzine that published some fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1976: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   University of Maryland SF Society
Editors:   Steven L. Goldstein
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The Country Gentleman

Originally a farming and rural magazine which ran occasional poems and extracts from novels; under Curtis (when it became a companion to The Saturday Evening Post) fiction became a strong feature. Authors included Ben Ames Williams and Zane Grey, a number of whose westerns were serialized here.

With the Aug-1955 issue, the magazine was sold to Farm Journal, which became Farm Journal and Country Gentleman from Sept-1955 through Nov-1956. The title was revived for a 1975-1982 run during which it carried a small amount of fiction.

Issues & Index Sources

  6-Jan-1853 – Jan-1955: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
  Feb-1955 – Jun-1955, as Better Farming
  1975 – 1982, as The Country Gentleman: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)


  1853 – 1911: Luther Tucker
  1911 – 1955: Cyrus Curtis


  1853 – 1897: Luther Tucker
  1989 – 1911: Gilbert M. & Luther Tucker, Jr.
  1911 – 1912: J. Clyde Marquis
  1912 – 1917: Harry A. Thompson
  1918 – 1920: Barton Currie
  1921 – 1924: John Pickett
  1924 – 1928: Loring Schuler
  1928 – ?: Philip S. Rose
  ? – 1942: Ben Hibbs




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