Infinity Science Fiction

Infinity Science Fiction was an American science fiction magazine, edited by Larry T. Shaw. The first issue appeared in November 1955. In 1958 Irwin Stein, the owner of Royal Publications, decided to shut down Infinity. The title was revived a decade later by Stein’s publishing house, Lancer Books, as a paperback anthology series.

About Infinity Science Fiction in brief

Summary Infinity Science FictionInfinity Science Fiction was an American science fiction magazine, edited by Larry T. Shaw, and published by Royal Publications. The first issue, which appeared in November 1955, included Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Star”, a story about a planet destroyed by a nova that turns out to have been the Star of Bethlehem. In 1958 Irwin Stein, the owner of Royal Publications, decided to shut down Infinity; the last issue was dated November 1958. The title was revived a decade later by Stein’s publishing house, Lancer Books, as a paperback anthology series. Five volumes were published between 1970 and 1973; a sixth was prepared but withdrawn after Lancer ran into financial problems at the end of 1973. A sixth volume was prepared for publication but Lancer went bankrupt in November of that year; the book was cancelled and the manuscripts returned to the authors.

In the last two issues of Infinity Shaw was unhappy with the quality of the best work for which he had taken over editorial duties, though in the opinion of the historian Joseph Marchesani, these were not among the best stories in the world. The last issue of Infinity was dated June 1958, and Infinity’s last issue followed in November. It was published by Irwin Stein and Walter Zacharius, who also owned Monster Parade and Monsters and Things, two media-related magazines. In 1961, Irwin Stein founded Lancer books, and in 1963 Shaw was hired to be Lancer’s editor; he was replaced by Robert Hoskins in 1968. Infinity One, appeared in January 1970, and four more appeared over the next three years, ending with Infinity Five in 1973.