Tesseract

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Tesseract
Tesseract

Tesseract was a science fiction fanzine published by C. Hamilton Bloomer in San Francisco, Ca., U.S.A. and later edited by Raymond Van Houten.

Tesseract was the official publication for the Science Fiction Advancement Association, created by C. Hamilton Bloomer in the 1930s. Early members were Bloomer, Claire P. Beck (editor of Science Fiction Critic), Roy Test, James Blish, Raymond Van Houten, William H. Miller Jr., Nils Helmer Frome, Willis Conover and Robert Madle. Bloomer produced early issues of Tesseract using an office duplicating machine called the multigraph which he later sold to Nils Frome who would use it to produce Supramundane Stories. Bloomer acquired a mimeograph machine and began producing new issues of Tesseract in November of 1936. The April 1937 issue was dedicated to H.P. Lovecraft and included the first publication of his revision of "The Crawling Chaos" with Winifred V. Jackson.

C. Hamilton Bloomer was the editor up until the Vol 2 No. 5 issue of May 1937. By Vol 3 No. 1, released in October 1937, Bloomer was busy with NAPA {National Amateur Press Association) for which he went on to produce at least four issues of his amateur magazine The Bloodstone. He appointed Roy Squires as his successor at SFAA, and Tesseract was then edited by Raymond Van Houten and had been retitled New Tesseract. The last issue was published in March 1938.

Featured in Tesseract were articles such as "Story Writing Hints" by Clark Ashton Smith, "Degeneration: A Note on Stanton A. Coblentz" by Peter Duncan and poetry such as Atlantis by Clark Ashtom Smith.

Tesseract is also notable for the publication by a 15-year-old James Blish of an aticle which he attributed to Nils Frome that Frome did not write, which resulted in some controversy and rebuttal in the pages of Frome's fanzine Supramundane Stories.

Contributors included Forrest J. Ackerman, Robert Bloch, Miles J. Breuer, M.D., Willis Conover. Jr., J. Harvey Haggard, Russell A. Leadabrand, William H. Miller, Jr., Edward E. Smith, Louis C. Smith. Roy A. Squires.

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