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Futuria Fantasia is a science fiction fanzine by [[Ray Bradbury]]. Released in 1939 shortly after Bradbury graduating high school when he was 18 years old, ''Futuria Fantasia'' was published with the help of Forrest J Ackerman, who lent Bradbury $90.00 for the fanzine. The year before, Ackerman had included in his own zine, [[Imagination!]], the first published story by Bradbury, called "Hollerbochen's Dilemma".
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'''R. Seth Friedman''' (born in Great Neck, NY) is best known as the final publisher of the [[review zine]] [[Factsheet Five]] and the editor of the book [[The Factsheet Five Zine Reader]] (published by Three Rivers Press in June of 1997). In the introduction to the [[The Factsheet Five Zine Reader]] Friedman recalls discovering music zines in the late 1970s and getting hooked. His uber-fandom of zines peaked when he restarted the failed [[Factsheet Five]] in 1991 with capital derived from working as a computer consultant in New York.
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Bradbury met Ackerman through the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society, which Ackerman helped to found. It was there that Bradbury also met [[Hannes Bok]] and Emil Petaja. Both were to contribute to the fanzine; Petaja offered his fiction and Bok also contributed stories and poetry, as well as designing the covers and doing the interior illustrations for all four issues, including the cover for a fifth issue that was never printed.  
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In 1997 Friedman talked about reviving Factsheet Five in an [[alt.zines]] post. He said, "How do you think I got this 'job' in the first place? I applied for it? I saw an ad in the paper? I had friends in high places? I used my parent's connections? I did Factsheet Five because Mike and Hudson gave it up. Factsheet Five was dead! I revived it because I thought it was too important to die. I revived it because no one else was doing it."
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The first issue, released in Summer 1939, was 6 pages. It included Bradbury's short stories "Don't Get Technatal", under the pseudonym "Ron Reynolds", and the poem "Thought and Space". [[Futuria_Fantasia|Read More...]]'''
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Futuria Fantasia is a science fiction fanzine by Ray Bradbury. Released in 1939 shortly after Bradbury graduating high school when he was 18 years old, Futuria Fantasia was published with the help of Forrest J Ackerman, who lent Bradbury $90.00 for the fanzine. The year before, Ackerman had included in his own zine, Imagination!, the first published story by Bradbury, called "Hollerbochen's Dilemma".

Bradbury met Ackerman through the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society, which Ackerman helped to found. It was there that Bradbury also met Hannes Bok and Emil Petaja. Both were to contribute to the fanzine; Petaja offered his fiction and Bok also contributed stories and poetry, as well as designing the covers and doing the interior illustrations for all four issues, including the cover for a fifth issue that was never printed.

The first issue, released in Summer 1939, was 6 pages. It included Bradbury's short stories "Don't Get Technatal", under the pseudonym "Ron Reynolds", and the poem "Thought and Space". Read More...

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