In the Hall of the Mountain King

I was asked by Sol Cohen in April 1968 to succeed Harry Harrison as Editor of Amazing Stories. One hundred dollars a month, a limitless supply of letterhead stationary and full reimbursement of postage. “We’ll see how that works out” Sol said, “And if you do well I’ll give you a raise.” Sol, who had […]

Demolition

I was going to devote this initial essay to The Shaver Mystery, that forties phenomenon masterminded by Raymond Palmer which put science fiction for the first time (and not in an helpful fashion) under the lens of Henry Luce and Time but have decided to take a pass.  Wikipedia has already entirely reconfigured the culture. […]