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Fantastic Science Fiction Stories [May, 1960] [Vol.: Goldsmith, Cele (ed.);

Goldsmith, Cele (ed.); Lovecraft, H.P.; Leiber, Fritz; Moffitt, Donald et al

Published by Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, Chicago [New York] (1960)

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From: Singularity Rare & Fine (Baldwinsville, NY, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, Chicago [New York], 1960. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. John Duillo (illustrator). First Edition. Very Good; Chicago: Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, 1960. First Edition. May, 1960 issue, Vol.9, No. 5. 12mo, 130 pp. Illustrated wraps. Age toning to the pages; some edge wear, several small chips, one larger one at lower left, rear cover (see scans); previous owner's sticker at contents page. Just Very Good. Having become a clearly-focused sci-fi periodical, Fantastic Science Fiction Stories was by the time of this May, 1960 issue edited by Cele Goldsmith. Magazine founder Howard Browne had established the periodical in 1952, naming it Fantasy - one of the small forest of pulp fiction-era periodicals whose magazine names were often so similar as to be confusing. This one itself bore a variety of names, from Fantastic to Fantastic Science Fiction, Fantastic Science Fiction Stories, Fantastic Stories of Imagination, Fantastic: Science Fiction - Fantasy and Fantastic Stories, all as part of the effort by Browne, in both title and content, to maximize the interested demographic. Not affiliated with this magazine were the similar pulp titles Fantastic Novels, Fantastic Science Fiction (an unrelated two-issue 1952 effort bearing a title identical name to one of the above Ziff-Davis titles], Fantastic Story Magazine, Fantastic Story Quarterly, Fantastic Universe, and the elder statesmen of pulps beginning with "Fantastic", Fantastic Adventures and Famous Fantastic Mysteries. Goldsmith's editorial predecessor Paul W. Fairman, less diffident about science fiction than Browne, gave the magazine a greater focus in that direction during his watch. By the time of Goldsmith's tenure, the semi-lurid symbols of female pulchritude which almost always bedecked the covers of pulp periodicals were gone, and, as with this issue, straight sci-fi illustrations had become the cover art of Fantastic Science Fiction Stories. The lead story in this issue is J.F. Bone's "Fireman", illustrated by John Duillo's cover painting. Others herein: "The Challenge From Beyond", by the peerless H.P. Lovecraft; "When the Sea-King's Away" (Fritz Leiber); "World Without Annette" (J.T. McIntosh); "The Devil's Due" (Donald Moffitt); and Sam Moskowitz' 15-page look at the all-time master of horror fantasy, "A Study in Horror: The Eerie Life of H.P. Lovecraft". A small piece of pulp sci-fi history, in nice condition. L53n. Seller Inventory # 000822

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