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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: FictionMags 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


Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  #10, 1954: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   The Original Novels Foundation, Sydney, Australia
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The Orbit: The Official Joe R. Lansdale Newsletter

Total Issues: 2

Magazine featuring items by, and about, Joe R. Lansdale.

Issues & Index Sources:  1999 – 2000: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   Subterranean Press

Orbit Science Fiction

Total Issues: 5

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1953 – #5, 1954: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Hanro Corporation, NY
Editors:   Jules Saltman (though Donald A. Wollheim did the work)
Formats:   digest
Prices:   35c
Pagecounts:   128pp
Frequency:   quarterly, first 2 issues, then bimonthly from Jul-1954
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia
Sources:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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Orbit: The Best of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

Total Issues: 3

Comic adaptations of stories from Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  1990: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Eclipse Books
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia
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Orb Speculative Fiction

Total Issues: 8

Issues & Index Sources:  Spring/Summer 1999 – #8, 2010: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Orb Publications; South Preston, Victoria, Australia
Editors:   Sarah Endacott
Formats:   octavo s/b
Prices:   $A9.95
Pagecounts:   149pp
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia
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Oriental Library

Total Issues: 82

Issues & Index Sources:  1899 – 1904
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Oriental Stories

Total Issues: 9+5=14

Issues & Index Sources

  Oct/Nov-1930 – Summer 1932: Adventure Fiction Index
  Jan-1933 – Jan-1934, as The Magic Carpet Magazine: Adventure Fiction Index


  Popular Fiction, Chicago


  Farnsworth Wright


  small pulp




  144pp (reduced to 128pp as MCM)


  quarterly (first 3 issues bimonthly)

Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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