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Total Issues: 12

An artistic and imaginative "new age" magazine with the emphasis on poetry, illustration, plays and stories. Authors include Lord Dunsany, E.M. Forster, Frank Swinnerton, Katherine Mansfield ("A Fairy Story" Dec-1910).

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct-1910 – Sep-1911
Publishers:   Locke Ellis, London
Editors:   Vivian Locke Ellis
Formats:   an early "little" magazine (6" x 4.5")
Pagecounts:   65pp
Frequency:   monthly
Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 3

Operation Fantast

Total Issues: 17


Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-1949 – May-1955: FictionMags Index
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Operator #5

Total Issues: 17+31=48

A character pulp. The lead novels are all SF but the back-up stories almost never are. The novels from June 1936 to March 1938 are sequential and tell the story of the "Purple Invasion." Another sequence, featuring an invasion by the "Yellow Vulture," was begun in May 1939 and had not been resolved when the magazine folded.

Issues & Index Sources

  Apr-1934 – Aug-1935: Adventure Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1
  Sep-1935 – Nov/Dec-1939, as Secret Service Operator #5: Adventure Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1


  Popular Publications


  Rogers Terrill with Henry Sperry


  standard pulp




  Apr-1934 – Sep-1935: 128pp
  Oct-1935 – Nov/Dec-1939: 112pp


  monthly to Apr-1936; then mostly bimonthly

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Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Operator #5 (Canada)

Canadian reprint edition of Operator #5.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1930s: Adventure Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
Formats:   standard pulp
Sources:   The Pulpster #11, 2001
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Operator #5 (UK)

see under Secret Service Operator #5 (UK)


A magazine aimed at salesmen that ran some fiction in 1929/1930 at least. Succeeded by "Salesman's Opportunity" which may or may not have run any fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1923 – May-1950: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   The Opportunity Publishing Company, 750 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Editors:   James R. Quirk
Formats:   13.5" x 9.5" slick
Prices:   10c

Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life

The house organ of the Urban League of Chicago "A journal of Negro life that would devote itself religiously to an interpretation of the social problems of the Negro population." From 1924 launched a literary competition to foster creative expression among young black writers, and to expose that writing to an audience outside of the African American community.

Issues & Index Sources

  Jan-1923 – Winter 1949: FictionMags Index (partial issues only)


  National Urban League, NY


  Jan-1923 – Sep-1928: Charles Spurgeon Johnson
  Oct-1928 – Jan-1945: Elmer Anderson Carter
  Jan-1945 – Jun-1947: Madeline L. Aldridge
  Jul-1947 – Jan-1949: Dutton Ferguson




  around 32pp


  Jan-1923 – Dec-1944: monthly
  Jan-1945 – Summer 1948: quarterly
  Winter 1949: Special Issue

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The Optimist

Total Issues: 9

A short-run little magazine whic mostly published articles and poetry, but included several brief pices of fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1900 – May-1901: FictionMags Index (Missing: Mar-1901; Apr-1901; May-1901)
Publishers:   The Nevernod Press, Boone, Iowa
Editors:   H.S. Kneedler

Optimus Series

Total Issues: 38

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1891 – 1895: Dime Novel Bibliography (Missing: #32; #33; #34; #35; #37)
Publishers:   Donohue, Henneberry & Co., 407-425 Dearborn St., Chicago
Formats:   7 1/4 x 5"
Prices:   50c ($6.00 per year)
Pagecounts:   175 to 300
Frequency:   Monthly
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Opus Quarterly

Total Issues: 5

Issues & Index Sources:  Spring 1987 – Spring 1988: Science Fiction Index
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The Oracle [1933]

Total Issues: 1322

"A story paper for women," mentioned by George Orwell in his 1940 essay on boys' weeklies. Title changed to Oracle sometime between 1952 and 1957.

Incorporates: Fortune (1937); Miracle (1954)

Issues & Index Sources

  28-Oct-1933 – 8-Jun-1958: Story Paper Index (sample issues only)


  Amalgamated Press


  Len Pratt
  William Lewis Allen [Editor in Chief]


  small tabloid (quarto)


  ? – 30-Mar-1957: 3½d
  6-Apr-1957 – ?: 4d


  20pp (in 1957)



Oracle [1982]

Total Issues: 3

Semi-professional magazine subtitled "Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology Magazine". The first issue has two printings, the second completely re-typeset. There may be a second printing of the second issue as well.

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1982 – #3, 1984: Science Fiction Index
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The Oracle [1982]

Total Issues: 5

A fantasy gaming magazine that published some fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-1982 – Autumn 1983
Publishers:   Horizon International, Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah
Editors:   Chris K. Bigelow


An Atlanta metaphysical publication "aimed at the New Age Occult Twaddle market" but containing some fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  199? – in 2000s: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Oracle2000, Atlanta
Editors:   Dan Liss
Formats:   quarto
Pagecounts:   42pp
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Oracle Library

"Complete novels of 45,000 words; must have a predominant love interest and strong action; can be set against mystery and drama".

Issues & Index Sources:  1949 – 195?
Publishers:   Amalgamated Press, later Fleetway Publications Ltd, Fleetway House, Farringdon St., London EC4
Pagecounts:   68pp
Frequency:   twice-monthly


Total Issues: 11


Issues & Index Sources:  Oct/Nov-1949 – 1952: Science Fiction Index
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Total Issues: 171 (to Spring 2015)

Literary journal of poetry, stories and criticism; circulation about 1,000.

Issues & Index Sources:  1968 – present
Publishers:   Mike Shields, Nuneaton
Editors:   Mike Shields
Frequency:   quarterly

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