Short Science Fiction Stories – BRAIN PLUCKER http://www.brainplucker.com THE WONDER PUBLISHING GROUP BLOG Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:00:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Free Astounding Stories of Super-Science Magazines http://www.brainplucker.com/free-astounding-stories-of-super-science-magazines/ Thu, 27 Aug 2009 00:09:19 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=285 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

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Upcoming Releases from Wonder Publishing http://www.brainplucker.com/upcoming-releases-from-wonder-publishing/ Tue, 18 Aug 2009 21:53:09 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=170 Poor Superman and Others by Fritz Leiber I thought it might be helpful and hopefully interesting to list some of the many titles that are in various stages of completion. Let’s start with the stuff over the near horizon first. I’ve got a lot of things in the pipeline for WPG (Wonder Publishing Group).

PRINTED BOOKS (and also eBooks):

Poor Superman and Others by Fritz Leiber­—this one is nearly completed. It will be a print book and eBook. Over 100,000 words anthology by this Science Fiction Grand Master. The cover design will be showing up on this blog just as soon as I get it completed. Contains many classics as well as forgotten gems.

A Bullet for Cinderella by John D. MacDonald—A title from WPGs Noir Masters series. This is also currently available as an eBook.

EBOOKS:

Wonder eBooks, being of division of WPG, also has a lot of titles in the pipeline. Some of these titles will eventually be printed as physical books as well. Some of them will be published together in omnibus editions.

Gunman’s Chance by Luke Short—WPG’s first Western title by a master of the genre. This should be available for the Kindle in about a week.

A Poul Anderson anthology—this one doesn’t have a title yet but will be similar in size and scope as the Fritz Leiber title mentioned above.

Hang By Your Neck by Henry Kane—Another Noir Masters title.

A Robert Bloch novel—Wonder eBook has already published This Crowded Earth as an eBook. I recently came across another SF novel by Robert Bloch. Hopefully we’ll be publishing both of them together as a print book.

Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore anthology—this one is a bit farther down the pipeline. Still working on what will be in it.

AUDIOBOOKS:

I’ve got some audiobooks in the pipeline as well:

The Men Return/Worlds of Origin by Jack Vance read by Tim Rowe

The Defenders by Philip K. Dick read by Mark Douglas Nelson

People of the Crater by Andre Norton read by Mark Douglas Nelson

And I recently did a list of possible forthcoming printed books and listed 35 titles.

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3 New Release – Wonder Audiobooks http://www.brainplucker.com/3-new-release-wonder-audiobooks/ Sun, 09 Aug 2009 16:11:58 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=52 Did you know you can get any of these titles, as well as any other Wonder Audio title for just $7.49? Just sign up at Audible.com/WonderAudio

Ray Bradbury’s fantastic tale of hyper-accelerated life spans of forgotten humans on an alien world.

The Creatures that Time Forgot

The Wench is Dead
By Fredric Brown; Read by William Coon
1 hr, 48 min.- [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Wonder Audio
Published: 2009

Available at Audible & iTunes

Mad! Impossible world! Sun-blasted by day, cold-wracked by night – and life condensed by radiation into eight days! Sim eyed the Ship – if he only dared reach it and escape! … but it was more than half an hour distant – perhaps the limit of life itself! From the author of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man. Originally published in the Fall 1946 issue of Planet Stories. It was later reprinted under the title Frost and Fire.

And part of the Noir Masters series:

The Wench is Dead
By Fredric Brown; Read by William Coon
57 min.- [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Wonder Audio
Published: 2009

Available at Audible & iTunes

Howard Perry has become a drunk – a skid row bum. It wasn’t always so, and he has hopes of returning to be a respected university student. But now he spends his days washing dishes to buy enough booze to hopefully blackout at night. His only friend is a prostitute name Billie the Kid. But Billie is just a working girl, and it would be stupid for him to care too much for her.

Of course Perry isn’t exactly making the smartest choices as he continues his downward spiral. And when he goes to borrow a drink from Billie’s neighbor, who soon turns up murdered, things are looking even worse for Perry.

A wonderfully bizarre tale by SF Grand Master, Damon Knight.

Rule GoldenRule Golden
By Damon Knight; Read by William Coon
3hr- [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Wonder Audio
Published: 2009

Available at Audible & iTunes

As a newspaper publisher, Robert James Dahls found the news disconcerting; in fact, inexplicable. News items like two boxers simultaneously knocking each other out, prison guards sick and unable to guard the prisoners, policemen shooting fleeing culprits and collapsing themselves, battered wives with husbands suffering the same injuries that they inflicted.

Dahl catches wind of a large experimental facility that is being led by the U.S. Department of Defense. His suspicions coincide with the strange, beyond-coincidental behavior that he’s been observing. For what’s on the grounds of the facility is much more radical than anything that was claimed to be found in Roswell. Not just an alien but one that has a strange effect on the human race, where the Golden Rule in reversed: Be done by as you do to others.

How can we get along without conflict? What will happen to the human race? Dahl soon finds himself a fugitive helping a bizarre alien save or destroy the Earth!


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The Blog Art – Vintage Science Fiction http://www.brainplucker.com/the-blog-art-vintage-science-fiction/ http://www.brainplucker.com/the-blog-art-vintage-science-fiction/#comments Sat, 08 Aug 2009 00:49:18 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=19 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

Posted by Rick Jackson

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