Psychotic

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Psychotic
Issue 22
Cover art by William Rotsler

Psychotic was a science fiction fanzine edited and published by Richard E. Geis (July 19, 1927 – February 4, 2013).

Geis’s fanzine publishing activity is a sometimes confusing tapestry of title and numbering changes, and for those interested here’s a time line: He started publishing Psychotic in June 1953, while living in Portland, Oregon, producing the first 20 issues by July 1955. The 3-issue first series of Science Fiction Review followed, continuing the numbering system of Psychotic. He then took a 12-year break from fanzine publishing, returning in November 1967 with the 21st issue of Psychotic (now living in Venice, California) and continuing through the 27th issue in September 1968. Then he restarted Science Fiction Review with its second series, again continuing the numbering system from Psychotic, producing issues 28-43 from November 1968 through March 1971. From April through September 1972 he produced three issues of the first series of a fanzine he called Richard E. Geis, and then discontinued that name and began publishing Alien Critic in January 1973, continuing the numbering system of Richard E. Geis. He published Alien Critic issues 4-11 by November 1974, and then again resumed publishing Science Fiction Review (third series), typically continuing the numbering system from Alien Critic. The first of this final (?) series was #12 dated February 1975; it continued more or less quarterly until it concluded with #61 dated Winter 1986. Along the way he also published more issues of Richard E. Geis in the mid to late ‘70s and again in the ‘80s. He also produced at least 70 issues of Geis Letter from 1990 through 2000, 114 issues of Taboo Opinions from 2004 through 2010, and more – but the head begins to spin! His more recent work has been electronically distributed, and can be viewed at the efanzines website.

Contributors of cover art work included Ron Cobb, Richard E. Geis and William Rotsler.

Interior illustrations were contributed by Richard Bergeron (Warhoon), John D. Berry (Egoboo), Vaughn Bode, Jim Bradley (Destiny), Bob Kellogg, and Ray Nelson, among others.

Regular columnists included Harlan Ellison (Science Fantasy Bulletin), Vernon McCain (Wastebasket), and Ted White (Null-F).

Articles were contributed by John D. Berry, Norman Browne (Vanations), Terry Carr (Innuendo, Klein Bottle, Lighthouse), Earl Evers, Dean Grennell (Grue), Earl Kemp (Destiny), Joel Nydahl (Vega), Bill Reynolds, Norman Spinrad, Bob Tucker (Le Zombie), Harry Warner, Jr. (Horizons), and many others.

Contributions of fiction included "The Glob" by Ron Smith (Inside and Science Fiction Advertiser) and Hubert Summers. Contributors of poetery included Rick Norwood.

Letters came from Kay Anderson (ST-Phile), John Brunner, Bob Bloch, Dick Ellington, Philip Jose Farmer, Chuck Harris, Joe Hensley, Lee Hoffman (Quandry, Chooog), Jerry Kaufman (The Spanish Inquisition), Norm Metcalf, Rick Sneary (The Outlander, Moonshine), Jerry Sohl, and Bjo Trimble (Shangri L'Affaires), among others.

He was also a prolific writer. As of 2005, Geis said he had published 114 books, "110 of them soft-core porn."