Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, March 13, 2017


Busy, busy week.  Too busy to get any Incoming.  **sigh**

What I did have time to do is check out the Hugo Gernsback-edited Amazing Stories that's available online at Internet Archive.  All 37 issues  from Gernsback (April 1926 to April 1929) are there, along with the one issue of Amazing Stories Annual and the five Gernsback issues of Amazing Stories Quarterly (from Winter 1928 to Winter 1929).

Gernsback relied heavily on reprinted science fiction (excuse me, scientificition) by Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe, and others because there were no pulp science fiction writers in 1926; this was a market that Gernsback had to create.  In the 45 issues here, Gernsback published 25 serial novels, as well as four full-length non-serialized novels.  Of those 29 novels, six were originals and 23 were reprints.  (I'm not counting such books as Philip Francis Nowlan's Armageddon 2419 A.D., which was comprised of two novellas from Amazing Stories.)

As interesting as it is to see how many well-known stories were included as serials and full-length novels Gernsback printed, it's also interesting to see those few that sank into science fiction obscurity.

Here are the stories, listed alphabetically by author;

  • Steve Benedict (writing as "Maurius"), The Sixth Glacier* (from Amazing Stories, January and February 1929)
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot (from Amazing Stories, January, February, and March 1927; originally published in 1918)
  • ----------, The Mastermind of Mars* (from Amazing Stories Annual, 1927)
  • Stanton A. Coblentz, The Sunken World* (from Amazing Stories Quarterly, Summer 1928)
  • Hugo Gernsback, Ralph 124C41+ (from Amazing Stories Quarterly, Winter 1929; originally published in 1911)
  • A. Merritt, The Moon Pool (the complete novel, from Amazing Stories, May, June, and July 1927; originally published in 1919)
  • Garrett P, Serviss, A Columbus of Space (from Amazing Stories, August, September, and October 1926; originally published in 1909)
  • ----------, The Second Deluge (from Amazing Stories, November and December 1926 and January 1927; originally published in 1911)
  • E. E. Smith & Lee Hawkins Garby, The Skylark of Space* (from Amazing Stories, August, September, and October 1928)
  • Garret Smith, The Treasure of Tantalus, from Amazing Stories, October and November, 1927; originally published in 1920)
  • Jules Verne, The Master of the World, (from Amazing Stories, February and March 1928
  • ----------, Off on a Comet (from Amazing Stories, April and May 1926; originally published in 1877)
  • ----------, The Purchase of the North Pole (from Amazing Stories, September and October 1926; originally published in 1889)
  • ----------, Robur the Conqueror (from Amazing Stories, December 1927 and January 1928; originally published in 1886)
  • ----------, A Trip to the Center of the Earth (from Amazing Stories, May, June. and July 1926; originally published in 1864)
  • A Hyatt Verrall, Beyond the Pole* (from Amazing Stories, October and November 1926)
  • ----------, Into the Green Prism* (from Amazing Stories, March and April 1929)
  • B. Wallis & Geo. C. Wallis, The World at Bay* (from Amazing Stories, November and December 1928)
  • H. G. Wells, The First Men in the Moon (from Amazing Stories, December 1926 and January and February 1927; originally published in 1900)
  • ----------, The Invisible Man (from Amazing Stories, June and July 1928; originally published in 1897)
  • ----------, The Island of Dr. Moreau (from October and November 1926; originally published in 1890)
  • ----------, A Story of Days to Come (from Amazing Stories, April and May 1928; originally published in 1899)
  • ----------, The War of the Worlds (from Amazing Stories, August and September 1927; originally published in 1897)
  • ----------, When the Sleeper Wakes (from Amazing Stories Quarterly, Winter 1928; originally published in 1899)
  • G. McLeod Winsor, Station X (from Amazing Stories, July, August, and September 1926; originally published in 1919)
I've read sightly more than half of these stories.  How about you?  How many have you read?  And, as I said, all are available online, so maybe you'll want to catch up on some of these science fiction classics.

* Original to the magazine.  And who the heck is Steve Benedict?  (Turns out he had one previous SF story published as "Maurius."  Hee was silent for 21 years until he published four stories under his own name from 1951 to 1954, three of which were published only in amateur journals.  Beyond that, I know nada.)

1 comment:

  1. None because my science fiction and fantasy reading is sorely lacking.