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[[Image:SPCLTNSPRN1972_copy.jpg‎ ‎|right|frame|'''Speculation'''<br/>Issue 30  Spring 1972 <br/>Cover art by Bob Rickard]]
'''Speculation''' was an award-winning British [[fanzine]] edited by [[Peter Weston]].
'''Speculation''' was an award-winning British [[fanzine]] edited by [[Peter Weston]].
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''Speculation'' was released under the title ''Zenith'' for the first six issues, which lasted from 1963 till 1964. It was then called ''Zenith Speculation'' for issues 7 to 13, between 1964 and 1966. At that time it assumed its final identity,  ''Speculation''.  
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''Speculation'' was released under the title ''Zenith'' for the first six issues, which lasted from 1963 till 1964. It was then called ''Zenith Speculation'' for issues 7 to 13, between 1964 and 1966, during which time Peter Weston was also publishing the apazine [[Nexus]]. After 1966, the fanzine assumed its final identity,  ''Speculation''.  
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Contributors to ''Speculation'' include Brian Aldiss, Greg Benford, John Boston, John Brosnan ([[Big Scab]]), Ken Bulmer, F.M. Busby ([[Cry of the Nameless]]), John Foyster, Richard Gordon, Tim Hildebrand, Lang Jones, David Masson, Archie Mercer, Beryl Mercer ([[Link (UK)|Link]]), Michael Moorcock ([[Ergo Ego]]), Larry Niven, Andy Offut, Alexei Panshin, John J. Pierce, writing on Cordwainer Smith, Martin Pitt, Charles Platt, Chris Priest, Bob Rickard, and Ben Solon.
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Contributors to ''Speculation'' include Brian Aldiss, Poul Anderson, Greg Benford ([[Void]]), James Blish ([[The Planeteer]]),  John Boston, Carl Brandon, Jr., John Brosnan ([[Big Scab]]), John Brunner,  Ken Bulmer ([[Science Fantasy News]]), F.M. Busby ([[Cry of the Nameless]]), Richard Delap, Alan Dodd ([[Camber]]), Harlan Ellison ([[Science Fantasy Bulletin]]), John Foyster, Richard Gordon, Phil Harbottle, Harry Harrison, Tim Hildebrand, Terry Jeeves ([[ERG]]), Lang Jones, Fritz Leiber, Robert A.W. Lowdnes, David Masson, Ian McAuley, Archie Mercer ([[Vector]]), [[Beryl Mercer]] ([[Link (UK)|Link]], [[Oz (UK)|Oz]]), Sandra Miesel, Michael Moorcock ([[Typo]], [[A Fanzine Called Eustace]]), Larry Niven, Andy Offut, Alexei Panshin, Joe Patrizio ([[Ipso Facto]]), Bruce Pelz, Roger Peyton, John J. Pierce, writing on Cordwainer Smith, H. Beam Piper, Martin Pitt, Charles Platt ([[Beyond (UK)|Beyond]]), Frederik Pohl ([[The International Observer of Science and Science Fiction]]), Chris Priest, David Redd, Bob Rickard, Robert Silverberg, Ben Solon, Tony Sudbery, E.C. Tubb ([[EYE]], [[Vector]]), [[Harry Warner, Jr.]] ([[Horizons]]), Charles Winstone, and Ian Williams ([[Maya]]).
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Issue 25 featured a cover by Richard Bergeron ([[Warhoon]]). Artwork was contributed by Jim Cawthorn and Vincent DiFate, among others.  
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Covers were by Ames (#33), Richard Bergeron ([[Warhoon]]) (#25), Jim Cawthorn (#10), Vincent diFate (#29), Jack Gaughan (#21), Jim Groves (#12), Ivor Latto (#24, #26), Riccardo Leveghi (#14), Ken McIntyre (#13), Bob Rickard (#16, #20, #30), [[Arthur Thomson|ATom]] (#3, #4), Pamela Yates (#15), Joseph Zajackazowski (#11).  
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''Speculation'' also featured an interview with writer J.G. Ballard.
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Illustrations were contributed by Jim Cawthorn, Eddie Jones, Vincent DiFate, and Pamela Yates. among others.
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''Speculation'' also featured an interview with writer J.G. Ballard by Jannick Storm.
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Letters came Rick Brooks ([[Nargothrond]]), Pamela Bulmer, Terry Carr ([[Lighthouse]]), Graham Charnock ([[Wrinkled Shrew]]), Edmond Cooper, Samuel R. Delany, Sven Eklund, Philip Jose Farmer, Bruce Gillespie ([[SF Commentary]]), Graham Hall, Phil Harbottle, Sam Moskowitz ([[Different (Moskowitz)|Different]]), E.C. Tubbs, and [[Donald Wollheim]] ([[The Phantagraph]]), among others
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A special issue of ''Speculation'' was part of the [[Thirdmancon Combozine]] (April 1968), which also included special issues of [[Badinage]], [[Gothique]], and [[Scottishe]].
A series of "Speculation Conferences" were also organised, adopting a similarly "sercon" approach to science fiction analysis. It won the very first [[Nova Award for Best Fanzine]], in 1973.
A series of "Speculation Conferences" were also organised, adopting a similarly "sercon" approach to science fiction analysis. It won the very first [[Nova Award for Best Fanzine]], in 1973.

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SpeculationIssue 30  Spring 1972 Cover art by Bob Rickard
Speculation
Issue 30 Spring 1972
Cover art by Bob Rickard

Speculation was an award-winning British fanzine edited by Peter Weston.

Speculation was released under the title Zenith for the first six issues, which lasted from 1963 till 1964. It was then called Zenith Speculation for issues 7 to 13, between 1964 and 1966, during which time Peter Weston was also publishing the apazine Nexus. After 1966, the fanzine assumed its final identity, Speculation.

Contributors to Speculation include Brian Aldiss, Poul Anderson, Greg Benford (Void), James Blish (The Planeteer), John Boston, Carl Brandon, Jr., John Brosnan (Big Scab), John Brunner, Ken Bulmer (Science Fantasy News), F.M. Busby (Cry of the Nameless), Richard Delap, Alan Dodd (Camber), Harlan Ellison (Science Fantasy Bulletin), John Foyster, Richard Gordon, Phil Harbottle, Harry Harrison, Tim Hildebrand, Terry Jeeves (ERG), Lang Jones, Fritz Leiber, Robert A.W. Lowdnes, David Masson, Ian McAuley, Archie Mercer (Vector), Beryl Mercer (Link, Oz), Sandra Miesel, Michael Moorcock (Typo, A Fanzine Called Eustace), Larry Niven, Andy Offut, Alexei Panshin, Joe Patrizio (Ipso Facto), Bruce Pelz, Roger Peyton, John J. Pierce, writing on Cordwainer Smith, H. Beam Piper, Martin Pitt, Charles Platt (Beyond), Frederik Pohl (The International Observer of Science and Science Fiction), Chris Priest, David Redd, Bob Rickard, Robert Silverberg, Ben Solon, Tony Sudbery, E.C. Tubb (EYE, Vector), Harry Warner, Jr. (Horizons), Charles Winstone, and Ian Williams (Maya).

Covers were by Ames (#33), Richard Bergeron (Warhoon) (#25), Jim Cawthorn (#10), Vincent diFate (#29), Jack Gaughan (#21), Jim Groves (#12), Ivor Latto (#24, #26), Riccardo Leveghi (#14), Ken McIntyre (#13), Bob Rickard (#16, #20, #30), ATom (#3, #4), Pamela Yates (#15), Joseph Zajackazowski (#11).

Illustrations were contributed by Jim Cawthorn, Eddie Jones, Vincent DiFate, and Pamela Yates. among others.

Speculation also featured an interview with writer J.G. Ballard by Jannick Storm.

Letters came Rick Brooks (Nargothrond), Pamela Bulmer, Terry Carr (Lighthouse), Graham Charnock (Wrinkled Shrew), Edmond Cooper, Samuel R. Delany, Sven Eklund, Philip Jose Farmer, Bruce Gillespie (SF Commentary), Graham Hall, Phil Harbottle, Sam Moskowitz (Different), E.C. Tubbs, and Donald Wollheim (The Phantagraph), among others

A special issue of Speculation was part of the Thirdmancon Combozine (April 1968), which also included special issues of Badinage, Gothique, and Scottishe.

A series of "Speculation Conferences" were also organised, adopting a similarly "sercon" approach to science fiction analysis. It won the very first Nova Award for Best Fanzine, in 1973.

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