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This gallery is rather like an arbitrary art collage and recommended reading list combined into one. It is by no means a complete catalog since we are adding to it as we see more books and magazines. It is, however, intended as a visual time-slice of a particular year (covering science fiction, fantasy, weird, slipstream - and even pulp fiction culture, including western, action and mystery pulp magazines of the 1920s-1950s) - thereby giving you an almost "time-travel" experience of entering some news store and browsing its fiction magazine rack.

Most of the genre magazines published this year are included, plus noteworthy books, anthologies, and even some recommended fanzines. (If their cover art is uninspired, bland, or too gruesome, then it is replaced with some other fantastic art of the era, reflecting the mood and sub-genre of the piece). In this sense this gallery is an artistic (curated) collage showcasing the best in fantastic art for that year (using cover art, interior illustrations and other graphics). We hope it will serve to re-awaken the thrill of discovery of the old and new SF&F treasures - celebrating more than 100 years of the Wonder Science Fiction Timeline.

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