Space Diversions

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Space Diversions
Issue 6
Cover art by Don MacKay

Space Diversions was a science fiction fanzine published by the Liverpool Science Fiction Society in the UK.

Members of The Liverpool Group, as they became known, included Dave Gardner, Don MacKay, Rene MacKay, Frank Milnes, Pattie Milnes, Stanley Nuttall, Tom Owens, John Roles, Norman Shorrock, and Ina Shorrock.

The four editors, Dave Gardner, Tom Owens, John Roles and Norman Shorrock, fluctuated throughout the run of the fanzine The Art Editor was Don MacKay. Issue 1, edited by Tom Owens and John Roles, was released July 1952. Issue 11 was the last issue and appeared in June 1960, edited by Norman Shorrock and distributed through Offtrails Magazine Publishers Association. Eleven issues were published throughout the 1950s until 1960, plus a special issue, called "7a", (June 1954) was made up for the Supermancon.

Contributors of writing included Eric Bentcliffe, H.J. Campbell, A. Vincent Clarke (Science Fantasy News), Lewis Conway, Pete Daniels, Bill Donaho (Habakkuk), Terry Carr (Innuendo, Klein Bottle), Dave Gardner, Alan Hunter, Murray Leinster writing as 'Will Jenkins', J.T. MacIntosh, Frank Milnes, Pattie Milnes, Stanley Nuttall, Tom Owens, G. Quinn, F.G. Rayer, Bob Richardson, John Roles, Ken Slater, and Walt Willis (Hyphen).

Columnists included Vargo Espley, with "Sprockets, Missals, and Space Gabble", and John Owen, with "Drums Along The Mersey".

Contributors of art work included Eddie Jones, Don MacKay, and Arthur Thomson (The ATom Anthology).

The group's clubhouse was a rented cellar called the 'Space Dive'. Aside from publishing Space Diversions, they had bought a tape recorder and produced recorded plays in collaboration with other fans whichthey called "Taperas" (Tape-Operas), and which were presented at conventions.

Norman Shorrock went on to co-publish Bastion with Eric Bentcliffe.

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