Title: TYPED LETTER SIGNED dated 9-16-1952
Publication Date: 1952
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
TYPED LETTER SIGNED dated 9-16-1952, about 275 words on Standard Magazines, Inc. & Better Publications, Inc. stationery to Lester Cole concerning the rejection of his recently submitted story UNBORNE OF EARTH. He states that it is the best thing he has seen to date of Cole, but it has two major defaults which he goes on to describe. But he suggests that he leave the writing as it stands and try to sell it elsewhere before tinkering with it saying that he has rejected worse stories than this that have been promptly bought by the competition at higher rates. He closes by stating how wonderful it was to meet the Cole family at the 1952 Worldcon in Chicago earlier that year. (Samuel Mines had a reputation as having "the most catholic tastes and the fewest inhibitions" of any of the science fiction magazine editors. In late 1952, Mines published Philip Josˇ Farmer's "The Lovers", a taboo-breaking story about aliens who can only reproduce by mating with humans. The story integrated sex into the plot without being prurient, and was widely praised. Farmer, partly as a consequence, went on to win a Hugo Award as "Most Promising New Writer". New authors first published by Mines include Frank Herbert, who debuted with "Looking for Something?" in April 1952, and Robert F. Young, whose first story, "The Black Deep Thou Wingest", appeared in June 1953. Items SIGNED by him seem to rarely show up in the marketplace). Bookseller Inventory # 06632
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