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Science Fantasy was launched by Nova Publications in 1950 as a companion piece to New Worlds. For the first two issue it had a separate editor, Walter Gillings, but from the third issue on both magazines were edited by John Carnell until they were both sold to Roberts & Vinter in 1964. At that point the magazine shifted to a paperback format, with Kyril Bonfiglioli as editor, but he was never happy with the title and, after two years, changed it to Impulse and restarted the numbering from #1. This move was not a great success and, after only six months, the name changed again, to sf Impulse, and Bonfiglioli left the following month. The magazine struggled on under the editorship first of Harry Harrison & then of Keith Roberts, but after a total of only 12 issues merged with New Worlds, which itself folded with the following issue.

For a time in the 1950s and 1960s there was local distribution of Canadian and New Zealand editions, although these appear to be identical to the UK edition.

Science Fantasy Yearbook, which was renamed Science Fantasy with the second issue, had no connection with the earlier magazine and was simply a reprint magazine that drew on the back files of Amazing Stories and Fantastic Adventures.

Science Fantasy

Note that, from 1954 to 1964, issues were not formally dated but notations like "2/60" appeared in the lower right corner of the contents page of all issues except #7. These have been translated into dates for the sake of the table below. From 1964 to 1966, the dates were specified explicitly on the magazine.

1950  
v1 #1
Summer
 
v1 #2
Winter
1951      
v1 #3
Winter
1952
v2 #4
Spring
 
v2 #5
Autumn
 
1953
v2 #6
Spring
     
1954    
v3 #7
 
v3 #8
May
 
v3 #9
Jul
 
v4 #10
Sep
   
v4 #11
Dec
1955  
v4 #12
Feb
 
v5 #13
Apr
 
v5 #14
Jun
   
v5 #15
Sep
 
v6 #16
Nov
 
1956  
v6 #17
Feb
   
v6 #18
May
   
v7 #19
Aug
     
v7 #20
Dec
1957  
v7 #21
Feb
 
v8 #22
Apr
 
v8 #23
Jun
 
v8 #24
Aug
 
v9 #25
Oct
 
v9 #26
Dec
1958  
v9 #27
Feb
 
v10 #28
Apr
 
v10 #29
Jun
 
v10 #30
Aug
 
v11 #31
Oct
 
v11 #32
Dec
1959  
v11 #33
Feb
 
v12 #34
Apr
 
v12 #35
Jun
 
v12 #36
Aug
   
v13 #37
Nov

v13 #38
Dec
1960  
v13 #39
Feb
 
v14 #40
Apr
 
v14 #41
Jun
 
v14 #42
Aug
 
v15 #43
Oct
 
v15 #44
Dec
1961  
v15 #45
Feb
 
v16 #46
Apr
 
v16 #47
Jun
 
v16 #48
Aug
 
v17 #49
Oct
 
v17 #50
Dec
1962  
v17 #51
Feb
 
v18 #52
Apr
 
v18 #53
Jun
 
v18 #54
Aug
 
v19 #55
Oct
 
v19 #56
Dec
1963  
v19 #57
Feb
 
v20 #58
Apr
 
v20 #59
Jun
 
v20 #60
Aug
 
v21 #61
Oct
 
v21 #62
Dec
1964  
v21 #63
Feb
 
v22 #64
Apr
 
v22 #65
Jun

v22 #66
Jul
 
v22 #67
Sep
   
v22 #68
Dec
1965
v23 #69
Jan
 
v23 #70
Mar

v23 #71
Apr

v23 #72
May

v24 #73
Jun

v24 #74
Jul

v24 #75
Aug

v24 #76
Sep

v24 #77
Oct

v24 #78
Nov

v24 #79
Dec
1966
v24 #80
Jan

v24 #81
Feb

v1 #1
Mar

v1 #2
Apr

v1 #3
May

v1 #4
Jun

v1 #5
Jul

v1 #6
Aug

v1 #7
Sep

v1 #8
Oct

v1 #9
Nov

v1 #10
Dec
1967
v1 #11
Jan

v1 #12
Feb
                   

Science Fantasy (Canada)

Other issues may exist.

1954             v3 #9   v4 #10     v4 #11
1955   v4 #12   v5 #13   v5 #14     v5 #15   v6 #16  
1956   v6 #17     v6 #18     v7 #19       v7 #20
1957   v7 #21   v8 #22   v8 #23   v8 #24   v9 #25   v9 #26
1958   v9 #27   v10 #28   v10 #29   v10 #30   v11 #31   v11 #32
1959   v11 #33   v12 #34   v12 #35   v12 #36   v13 #37   v13 #38
1960   v13 #39   v14 #40   v14 #41   v14 #42   v15 #43  
v15 #44
Dec/Jan
1961   v15 #45
Feb/Mar
v16 #46
Apr/May
v16 #47
Jun/Jul
v16 #48
Aug/Sep
v17 #49
Oct/Nov

v17 #50
Dec/Jan
1962   v17 #51
Feb/Mar

v18 #52
Apr/May
v18 #53
Jun/Jul

v18 #54
Aug/Sep

v19 #55
Oct/Nov

v19 #56
Nov/Dec
1963
v19 #57
Jan/Feb

v20 #58
Mar/Apr
       

Science Fantasy (Yearbook)

1970
X

#2
Fll
1971
#3
Wtr

#4
Spr