Future (Science) Fiction
Total Issues: 6+6+3+2+10+17+2+36+21=103
Future started in 1939 as Future Fiction, and then absorbed its
sister publication, Science Fiction, at the start of volume 2. It
underwent several title variations and was ultimately retitled Science
Fiction Stories for its last two issues.
After the war, the two were revived as a combined title, starting the
numbering over at volume 1 #1. Science Fiction Stories was then
separated from Future and published two issues to test the market for
a conversion to digest size. The results were apparently encouraging and
shortly afterwards Future changed to digest size.
After three issues the publisher apparently decided that Science
Fiction Stories was the stronger title; Future was discontinued with
the October 1954 issue and replaced with Science Fiction Stories.
However, Future's numbering was continued in the new series of
Science Fiction Stories.
Ordinarily this would be considered a simple title change but, to
further confuse things, about a year after the title change the
publisher revived Future again as a separate title, with a parallel
numbering that was also derived from the October 1954 issue of Future.
Note that, from Sep-1955, Science Fiction Stories introduced the
phrase "The Original ... " giving the impression that the title was The
Original Science Fiction Stories.
Issues & Index Sources
Nov-1939: Blue Ribbon Magazines (Columbia Publications)
1940: Double-Action Magazines, Inc. (Columbia Publications)
Apr-1941 – Apr-1960: Columbia Publications, NY
Charles D. Hornig Nov-1939 - Jul-1943; thereafter Robert [A.] W. Lowndes
standard pulp until Mar-1954; thereafter digest
mostly bi-monthly though monthly for most of May-1958 - Mar-1959 and with irregular moments; also title suspended in 1954 when publications switched to Science Fiction Stories and therefore only 7 issues between Oct-1954 and Feb-1958
Science Fiction Encyclopedia (Future Fiction)
Science Fiction Encyclopedia (Science Fiction Stories)
The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps