21 March 2008

Gernsback: "Plausability in Scientifiction"


Through a bit of luck, I was able to get a copy of the November 1926 issue of Amazing Stories (vol. 1, no. 8) for an affordable price (because it's not in very good condition). I've wanted to see a complete issue of one of the early, Hugo Gernsback-edited Amazings for ages -- yes, aside from the material they reprinted from Wells and Verne and Poe, most of the fiction they published was atrociously bad and even occasionally illiterate, but Amazing as an idea and institution was an important step in differentiating science fiction from other types of writing.

The editorial by Gernsback in this issue has separated from the binding, so here, for your amusement, is a scan of it (click on the image for a full-size view):

2 comments:

  1. thank you for posting that pdf in particular -- it was rather charming. but a little disheartening as well; how many readers write letters showing such interest in craft or continuity in modern fiction?

    this is a terrific blog, and i don't know how i didn't notice it until now. it's quite impressive.

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  2. Great stuff! Thanks for posting this, Matt.

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