Full record for fantasy n.

Definition a work (story, film, etc.) in the fantasy genre
OED requirements antedating 1934
Earliest cite P. Enever (letter) in 'Wonder Stories'
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1959 cite from Robert Heinlein in "The Science Fiction Novel". Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from editorial matter in Startling Stories. Fred Galvin submitted two 1947 cites from letters in Thrilling Wonder Stories. Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from a review by Sam Moskowitz in Science-Fiction+. Fred Galvin submitted a 1934 cite from a letter by Claude Haverstock in Astounding Stories. Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from L. Sprague de Camp's "Science Fiction Handbook".
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1934 P. Enever in Wonder Stories Feb. 793/2 Fantasy or pure science, let 'em all come. But don't attempt to camouflage either way. Mr. Smith was at his best when he wrote the ‘Singing Flame’ stories, and they were undoubtedly fantasy. But if he had tried to suggest that the science contained therein materially added to the interest he would have been quite wrong. Read as fantasies, Mr. Smith's stories are wonderful. Treat them as having a real scientific basis and they flop.
1934 Astounding Stories Sept. 151/2 Smith wrote for us a series of twelve Skylark stories, besides other fantasies. His career with Astounding began when he wrote The Skylark of Valeron, a book which attracted the attention of many of the world's foremost scientists.
1939 C. Hornig Fantasy Fan in Sci. Fiction Oct. 119/1 So if you like a variety of good stories, I don't think you'll ever get tired of reading SCIENCE FICTION—because I try to get as much variety into one issue as possible, without passing out of the realm of fantasy. Not all interplanetaries—not all laboratory yarns—not all world dooms, but a generous sprinkling of all types.
1939 M. Alger in Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct. 122/2 Keep your eyes open for stories off the beaten track. Give us an occasional fantasy like H. P. Lovecraft's ‘The Colour out of Space’ and ‘The Shadow out of Time’. (I realize that this is easy to say and hard to do as such works don't grow on trees or pop up in every mail.)
1940 Thrilling Wonder Stories Mar. 117/2 Raymond Z. Gallun's absorbing scientale, Renegade from Saturn , featured in this issue and illustrated on the cover, offers something different in the way of suspense to fantasy fans. In Gallun's story the hero is faced with a serious problem. He has to decide which one of the three transparent cases shown on the cover houses the menace from Saturn.
1941 Thrilling Wonder Stories Jan. 122 You're not a full-fledged scientifiction fan unless you own a membership card in the Science Fiction League. Thousands of science-fictioneers the world over belong to this active, international organization devoted to fantasy fans' fraternization.
1942 Astounding Sci. Fiction June 111/2 Then there's that weak-minded mug who calls ‘There Shall Be Darkness’ fantasy. It had a depth and beauty of setting that is a little more common to fantasy fiction, perhaps, but the story was really science-fiction.
1947 Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb. 99/1 CALL HIM DEMON was the best fantasy, and the best TWS yarn I've seen in months.
1947 Startling Stories Jan. 98/1 Since you like the galloping Kuttner fantasies, look for LANDS OF THE EARTHQUAKE in the issue after next!
1953 S. Moskowitz Book Reviews in Sci.-Fiction + Aug. 27/3 While readable, the collection is quite undistinguished, the brightest light being one of C. L. Moore's early fantasies, ‘Scarlet Dream,’ which still engenders in the reviewer some of the color that gave C. L. Moore her early reputation.
1953 L. S. de Camp Science Fiction Handbook 79 While some of his pieces are conventional science fiction, he had produced many enjoyable Dunsanian fantasies laid in the lost continents of Hyperborea and Atlantis, in the legendary medieval land of Malneant, in the future continent Zothique, and on the magic-haunted planet Xiccarph.
1959 R. A. Heinlein Sci. Fiction in Sci. Fiction Novel 52 I think that science fiction, to be worthy of critical literary praise, should approximate the standards of these four novels and of the fantasies mentioned just above.
1969 R. H. Eney Swords & Sorcery in L. S. de Camp & G. H. Scithers Conan Swordbk. (1969) x, Directly, Amra's articles deal with what we call Heroic Fantasy, or sword-and-sorcery fiction—that kind of story in which heroes and villains may cast a spell or wield a blade with equal propriety, according to the terrain and the tactical situation: in a general sense, stories with pre-gunpowder technology in which magic works. In addition to their basic devotion, they touch on other heroes created by Howard; some other Conan-like heroic heroes written of by different authors; and people in sword-and-sorcery settings who are principal characters without being exactly heroic about it.
1979 G. Rahman in Dragon Nov. 27/1 A player may portray either a Warrior, a Priest or a Magic User. This is irrespective of the fact that the typical adventurer of heroic fantasy is not precisely any of these three professions.
1980 D. Bachmann in Dragon Aug. 50/1 We might note that games which are limited to the acquisition of power are of the ‘sword & sorcery’ variety; those games which also include nobler objectives are, at least, moving toward High Fantasy.
1980 M. Z. Bradley Darkover Retrospective in Planet Savers/Sword of Aldones (1982) 304 Donald A. Wollheim‥has done more to encourage fantasy and science-fantasy in this country during the lean years before ‘adult fantasy’ became respectable.
1986 G. K. Wolfe Crit. Terms for Sci. Fiction & Fantasy 52 Heroic fantasy , often commercially applied to Sword and Sorcery tales featuring muscular barbarian heroes, but sometimes to any variety of Epic or Quest fantasy, particularly those that derive from specific heroic tradition, such as Arthurian tales.
1986 G. K. Wolfe Crit. Terms for Sci. Fiction & Fantasy 52 High fantasy , fantasy set in a fully imagined Secondary World, according to Boyer and Zahorski, as opposed to Low Fantasy which concerns supernatural intrusions into the ‘real’ world.
1992 Sci. Fiction Age Nov. 8/2 Fantasy was considered a subset of s.f. for many decades before it began being marketed as its own genre.
1993 Sci. Fiction Age Jan. 8/2 Yet you're planning to feature fantasy also. Mistake—S.F. fans don't really want fantasy, or else they'd request it.
1997 Marcon Zone 49/1 Tom Smith is a filker of epic proportions, which he blames on all that Pepsi and pizza. He made his reputation as The World's Fastest Filker here at MarCon—just ask Moonwolf—and he can crank out silly parodies, hilarious shtick, dark fantasies, poignant romances, and mind-shattering puns with equal ease.
2002 Sci. Fiction Chron. May 4/2 The IHG awards recognize achievements in horror and dark fantasy. Winners will be announced at the World Horror Convention.