The Southern Star

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The Southern Star is a science fiction fanzine published in Columbia, South Caroline, U.S.A.

The first four issues of The Southern Star appeared in 1941. A fifth issue was released four years later. It was a Dixie Press Publication, which also published Jinx and Fanart.

The first three issues were co-edited by Joe Gilbert and Art B. Schnert. The forth issue was edited solely by Gilbert, and issue five by Gilbert and Harry Jenkins. Harry Jenkins was also the Art Editor and Associate Editors were Fred W. Fischer and W.B. McQueen. Altogether, they referred to themselves the "Columbia Camp".

Contributors included Louis Russell Chauvenet, Lee Eastman, Milton Rothman (Fantasy Fiction Telegram, The National Fantasy Fan) and Bob Tucker (Le Zombie, Science Fiction Newsletter).

Notable is the graphology article by Joe Gilbert, which analysed the handwriting of 14 fans, the 15th being an fictitious anonymous dangerous maniac. Oddly, many fans identified themselves as this anonymous fifteenth fan, leading to the expression "Type Fifteen Fan".

The review in the October 1941 issue of Futurian War Digest said; "...the third issue of SOUTHERN STAR, edited by Joseph Gilbert and Art Sehnert from Columbia, South Carolina...runs to 40 large size pages with many good features. We particularly liked "Mumblings" by Bob Tucker, whilst an analysis of the hand-writing of 4e Ackerman and Harry Warner was certainly intriguing, and I believe, accurate."

Prior to the publication of The Southern Star, Fred Fischer had been a regular contributor to Fantascience Digest (1937-1941), appearing in six issues. Later, in 1943, Joseph Gilbert and Fred Fischer also had their co-authored fiction published in Astounding Magazine.

Harry Jenkins was also the publisher of the fanzine Jinx.

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