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"We believe that America will in time, become known as the hotbed of scientifiction..." Hugo Gernsback, 1928
A cautionary editorial about predicting the future of technology; giant octopi in print, presaging giant creature films, and more
Clair Winger Harris, HG Wells, Gernsback, and an appeal to design a symbol for "Scientifiction"
Doris Sutherland continues her review of Amazing Stories' early history. including letter column praise for H.P. Lovecraft's The Colour Out of Space.
Gernsback introduced Amazing Stories Quarterly when readers begged him to take the magazine weekly. Here's the first issue.
Baron Munchausen begins his adventures anew in the latest issue of Amazing Stories
"I have tried to get several of my friends to read your magazine by lending out old copies of mine; when their parents find these copies they refuse to let them even finish the stories"
No, tthat's not a futuristtic opium den on the cover, though the editorial content does dabble in psychology.
Journey back to November 1927, when Hugo Gernsback suggests that some science fiction concepts may become obsolete.
Two people stand inside an observatory, staring up at the sky. They have access to a large telescope, but they are not looking through...
extraterrestrial diseases, chemically-created spectres, man-eating plants, electric deathtraps and people being turned to stone...and it's ONLY 1927....
The debut of H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, and an iconic Frank R. Paul cover.
Two-fer, as Doris dives deep into both the July 1927 issue and the one and only Amazing Stories Annual.
In this latest issue, Hugo Gernsback announces that he and his associates have chosen the three contest winners from around 360 entrants
From Gernsback's editorial: “The editors of Amazing Stories… are trying their best to keep from this magazine stories that belong rather in the domain of fairy tales than in scientifiction”,
Amazing Stories' first anniversary issue hits the stands.
Amazing Stories gives up its use of Amazing Stories Bulky Weave paper, Gernsback laments not being able to please 100% of his readers and some of them complain, just a bit, in the letter column.
Time to activate the way-back machine once more as we journey to February 1927 and the latest issue of Amazing Stories!
Tod Browning's adaptation of A Merritt's Burn, Witch Burn! was less faithful to the source material than a Mexican film based on the same material, but was technically a much better film.
Taken as a spiritual successor to The Cat and the Canary, Seven Footprints to Satan is not too bad. That said, it is a shame that First National missed the chance to give filmgoers a full-blooded A. Merritt adaptation.
The first issue of Amazing Stories for 1927 features writing by, among others, Murray Leinster and H. G. Wells, as well as the magazine's first...letters column!
Amazing Stories closes out its first year of publication with excerpts from novels by H. G. Wells and Garrett O. Serviss, and much, much more.
The November 1926 issue of Amazing Stories contained a lot of dark stories, including the conclusion of the serialization of H. G. Wells' The Island of Doctor Moreau.
It's back to October 1926...
the sixth issue of Amazing Stories focuses on novel excerpts rather than short stories, but what novel excerpts they are!
A recurring theme in Amazing Stories #5 is the alteration of the human mind.
In issue four of Amazing Stories, Hugo Gernsback editorializes about how much science should appear in stories in his magazine; but, does the fiction deliver?
What strange stories would be put in front of readers of the third issue of Amazing Stories?
A creature resembling a cross between a moth, an owl and a devil fish stares into a transparent, ovoid object. Behind it is a...
Doris V. Sutherland kicks off a new series, reviewing Amazing Stories - from the beginning!