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.)
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.
Posted by Rick Jackson