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Idle Moments Series

Total Issues: 22

"The most entertaining novels of the day"

Issues & Index Sources:  15-May-1891 – 1893: Dime Novel Bibliography
Publishers:   Price-McGill, St. Paul, Minnesota
Formats:   7 3/8 x 5 1/4"
Prices:   50c
Pagecounts:   300-400
Frequency:   Semi-Monthly
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

The Idler [1856]

Total Issues: 6

A magazine of "fiction, belles lettres, news and comedy." Authors include William Allingham, Shirley Brooks, Mortimer Collins.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1856 – Jun-1856
Editors:   Edward Wilberforce
Frequency:   monthly

The Idler [1892]

Total Issues: 228

Under Jerome this magazine delighted in parodying other popular fiction, e.g with Barr's "Sherlaw Kombs" stories. Authors include Conan Doyle, W. Clark Russell, W.W. Jacobs, Coulson Kernahan, O. Henry, Mark Twain, G.K. Chesterton, Israel Zangwill, Eden Phillpotts, Edwin Lester Arnold ("Rutherford the Twiceborn," May-1892), Robert W. Chambers ("Tracer of Lost Persons" series, 1907), William Hope Hodgson ("Carnacki" stories, 1910); after it folded Robert Barr issued 6 four-page issues in chapbook format, April - Oct-1911; one of the first imitation-Strand magazines

Issues & Index Sources

  Feb-1892 – Mar-1911: Indexes to Fiction #23: The Idler


  Feb-1892 – Jan-1898: Chatto & Windus
  Feb-1898 – Jul-1898: J.M. Dent
  Aug-1898 – Jul-1900: W.R. Russell
  Aug-1900 – Feb-1901: Horace Marshall
  Mar-1901 – Sep-1902: Dawbarn & Ward
  Oct-1902 – Sep-1906: Chatto & Windus
  Oct-1906 – Mar-1911: The Idler


  Feb-1892 – Jul-1895: Jerome K. Jerome & Robert Barr
  Aug-1895 – Nov-1897: Jerome K. Jerome
  Dec-1897 – Sep-1898: Robert Barr
  Oct-1898 – Apr-1899: Edwin Oliver
  May-1899 – Feb-1901: Arthur Lawrence & Sidney H. Sime
  Oct-1902 – Mar-1911: Robert Barr


  slightly smaller than standard


  initially 6d


  monthly (no issues for Feb-1902 & Mar-1902)

Related Sites

  Science Fiction Encyclopedia

Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 3, The Age of the Storytellers
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The Idler [2000]

Subtitled "The Magazine for Those Who Live to Loaf", containing a handful of stories in each issue. Moved online in September 2014.

Issues & Index Sources:  Aug-1993 – 2014: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Editors:   Hodgkinson, Tom
Formats:   trade paperback
Prices:   £10.00
Pagecounts:   256pp
Frequency:   quarterly
Email Address:

Idylwild Series

Total Issues: 41

Issues & Index Sources:  1893
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography


Total Issues: 5

Science fiction fanzine.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1948 – Jan-1949
Editors:   Conrad A. Pederson
Prices:   5c
Pagecounts:   24pp
Related Sites:   ZineWiki


Total Issues: 175+1=176

Subtitled "Worlds of Science Fiction" when it started, the "Worlds of" part came and went during the Fifties, often being placed on the cover in a manner that allowed one to misread the full title as "Worlds of If". Robert Guinn seems to have been a bit uncertain of the exact title after he bought it in 1959. The title is given in a variety of ways in the indicia, annual statements of ownership, etc.; it is worth noting, however, that Guinn never thought it was "Worlds of If".

Universal seems to have also been confused about the magazine's title for a while; they finally settled on "Worlds of If" in 1972.

The last issue was a revival as a semi-professional magazine.

Issues & Index Sources

  Mar-1952 – Nov/Dec-1974: Science Fiction Index
  Fall 1986: Science Fiction Index


  Mar-1952 – Feb-1959: Quinn Publishing, NY
  Jul-1959 – May-1963: Digest Productions (a subsidiary of Galaxy Publishing)
  Jul-1963 – May-1969: Galaxy Publishing
  Jul-1969 – Nov/Dec-1974: Universal Publishing
  Fall 1986: STF Corporation, Hicksville, NY


  Mar-1952 – Sep-1952: Paul W. Fairman
  May-1953 – Mar-1954: Larry Shaw
  May-1954 – Apr-1958: James Quinn
  Oct-1958 – Feb-1959: Damon Knight
  Jul-1959 – Sep-1961: Horace L. Gold
  Nov-1961 – May-1969: Frederik Pohl
  Jul-1969 – Jan/Feb-1974: Ejler Jakobsson
  Mar/Apr-1974 – Nov/Dec-1974: James Baen
  Fall 1986: Clifford Hong




  average 160pp


  mostly bimonthly, but monthly Oct-1964 - May-1969

Related Sites

  Science Fiction Encyclopedia

Sources:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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If (UK)

Total Issues: 15+18+10+9+15=67

British reprint edition of If.

Issues & Index Sources

  Nov-1953 – Jan-1955: Index to British Science Fiction Magazines
Science Fiction Index
  #1, 1959 – #18, 1962: Science Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
  #100, 1967 – #109, 1967: Science Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
  Nov-1969 – Aug/Sep-1970: Science Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
  May/Jun-1972 – Sep/Oct-1974: Science Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
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IFA Review

Total Issues: 5


Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1940
Editors:   Ted Dikty

Illinois Monthly Magazine

see under The Western Monthly Magazine (1830)


Total Issues: 30 (to Winter 2018)

Illumen is a print magazine of speculative poetry co-edited by Tyree Campbell and Erin Donahoe, published semi-annually in Spring April and Autumn October. It contains speculative poetry, illustrations, articles, and reviews.

Issues & Index Sources

  Autumn 2004 – present: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)


  Sam's Dot Publishing, Cedar Rapids, IA
  Alban Lake Publishing


  Tyree Campbell & Erin Donahoe




The Illuminated Magazine

Issues & Index Sources

  May-1843 – Nov-1845


  Ebenezer Landells


  May-1843 – Apr-1845: Douglas Jerrold
  May-1845 – Nov-1845: W.J. Linton



Illuminated Western World

Total Issues: 173

Issues & Index Sources:  1869 – 1872
Publishers:   French & Wheat
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography


Started as Weekly Illustrated, possibly without any fiction, but then merged with Passing Show to form Illustrated, which did publish fiction. In 1958 incorporated into John Bull.

Issues & Index Sources

  7-Jul-1934 – 25-Feb-1939, as Weekly Illustrated: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
  4-Mar-1939 – 4-Oct-1958, as Illustrated: FictionMags Index (incomplete)

#merges with John Bull





Illustrated Adventure Trails

see under The Danger Trail

Illustrated American

A kind of large-format weekly news-magazine with pictures, competing with Harper's Weekly and Leslie's Weekly, occasionally ran fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  22-Feb-1890 – 1900
Prices:   25c

The Illustrated Ape

Total Issues: 30 (as at Aug-2015)

"Features 100% creative fiction, pictures, poetry, pop and never, ever, reviews."

Issues & Index Sources:  1998 – present
Publishers:   The Illustrated Ape, P.O. Box 16329, London E17 4FD

Illustrated Detective

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  1954 – ?
Publishers:   Factual Publications Inc., 471 Park Ave., New York, NY, and 171 Park Ave., New York, NY
Frequency:   bimonthly

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