vintage science fiction magazine – BRAIN PLUCKER THE WONDER PUBLISHING GROUP BLOG Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:00:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 More Art from Science Fiction Plus Wed, 12 Aug 2009 01:26:29 +0000 Starting a new blog, one thinks “what will I write about?” Well when you’re interested in vintage genre fiction, there’s a boatload to write about. Take for example this May 1953 issue of Science Fiction Plus.

Image links to full page Spacesuit article.Science Fiction + (May 1953)

This is my second posting on this single issue. The first posting was mostly about the banner art for Brain Plucker. This posting is about the art and science articles. And I’m planning on doing another posting on the Harry Bates story, Death of a Sensitive. The cover features a unique design for the a spacesuit (dig those crazy foot fins). Here’s an interior illustration to accompany the science article on Future Space Suits. Here’s the full page if you want to see what they were speculating about in 1953. Love the rear view mirror. The cover and illustration are by Frank R. Paul. He’s great at illustrating technical things like machines, not so good at people though.

Then there’s the science article on electronic artificial wombs and some crazy technique called “in vitro fertilization”. Not bad for ’53. The picture is of a “The Gagnon ectogenetic-electronic gestation apparatus.” Oh, I think this blog will rank high on Google for the keywords “The Gagnon ectogenetic-electronic gestation apparatus.” Now if I can just set up a site to sell them 😉
The Electronic Baby

There’s of course mostly SF stories. These are from a complete short novel by F.L. Wallace called Worlds in Balance. This first image is a full page illustration that I may try to colorize some day. Artist is Tim O’Reilly.


Here’s a couple of more illustrations from Worlds in Balance. The furry alien is so bad, I had to show ya. But you gotta like the babe with the conical breast :)


Here’s a small illustration to The Proxy Head by Robert Bloch.


And here’s a curious science article called Stranger Than Science-Fiction, which describes “Pregnant Boys”. I googled teratoma, if you want to feel nauseated follow the link. But this article is more lively and exaggerated.