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Free Astounding Stories of Super-Science Magazines

Project Gutenberg has been putting tons of Public Domain books on the web for years now. Well maybe not tons. How much do electrons weigh for over 30,000 books. Anyways, you know what I mean. One thing that is fairly new is the complete issues of Astounding Stories of Super-Science from 1930. There are six complete issues available online. Astounding could arguable be called the greatest SF Magazine ever. Eventually the magazine evolved into Analog, that is still being published today.

But it’s most famous period is from the 1940s when the magazine almost single-handedly created the Golden Age of Science Fiction. John W. Campbell was the long running editor and discovered and/or developed some of the all time great writers of the period, including Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, A.E. Van Vogt, and many, many more.

But I digress… In it’s earliest days, the early 1930s, the SF is Astounding was very pulpy and sometimes very bad, and sometime pretty fun. Harry Bates was Astounding’s first editor and the magazine was going in a different direction than the other SF magazines started by Hugo Gernsback (Amazing Stories, Wonder Stories). Those mags were interested in preaching the gospel of Science to its readers. Astounding started as a “Blood-n-Thunder” pulp with an emphasis on action, and damn the science. There are some very good authors contained in these pages like Edmond Hamilton, Murray Leinster, Hugh B. Cave, Arthur J. Burks, and Miles J. Breuer. Project Gutenberg also included the original interior art, which is a way cool thing to do! So now you can read and enjoy these issues without the pulp smell which sometimes screws up my sinuses.

Click on the images to go to the HTML page of each issue or go here for other formats.

September 1930

September 1930

April 1930

April 1930

August 1930

August 1930

Febuary 1930

Febuary 1930

July 1930

July 1930

March 1930

March 1930

The Blog Art – Vintage Science Fiction

I know what you’re thinking. Where did you get the cool art for this blog? That’s not what you’re thinking–well, it should be. So focus people, here’s the mag I got it from.  Hugo Gernsback last hurrah as a Science Fiction publisher. (His first SF Mag was Amazing Stories in 1926, which is the first SF Magazine, period. And hence why the Hugo Award is named after him.)

SFplusCover

Science Fiction +

Science Fiction Plus only lasted 7 issues. SF Historian, Sam Moskowitz was the editor. The magazine had a retro feel even in 1953. The art from this blog’s banner comes from a story by Robert Bloch called “The Proxy Head”.  I saw the art and instantly thought “blog banner”. I wanted to call the blog “Out of My Head”, but all the domain names based around that name seemed taken. So it became Brain Plucker. And yes I can flip my lid on occasion.

SF+ had some great interior art that I’ll be using in upcoming blogs. The stand-out story for this issue is “Death of Sensitive” by Harry Bates, who’s best known for “Farewell to the Master” which was the basis for the movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still”. Both “Death of a Sensitive” and “Farewell to the Master” as well as two other classic short science fiction by Harry Bates is available as an audiobook from Wonder Audiobooks and at Audible.com (yes, I would be the publisher–plug, plug away).  More about SF+ and Harry Bates in a forthcoming post.

The Day the Earth Stood Still: Selected Stories of Harry Bates

The Day the Earth Stood Still: Selected Stories of Harry Bates

The Proxy Head by Robert Bloch

The Proxy Head by Robert Bloch

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