ERIK FENNEL says
THOMAS SHERIDAN on
WALTER GILLINGS and some
GEOFFREY GILES on
FANTASY BOOK REVIEWS
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By ERIK FENNEL
Before I turned to making a living with a typewriter I was a member of two engineering unions. Now, according to two of the gentlemen behind the Iron Curtain, I'm a lackey of Wall Street. Yet my financial position, like that of many other science fiction writers, is enough to prove that Wall Street can be woefully remiss with its bribes; and I have to sell what I write to eat regularly.
HAS science fiction a political bias? Is it fascistictoo much concerned with power-seeking heroes and big corporations seeking a monopoly on the Universe? The controversy which started when Fantasy Review reprinted an article from a Russian journal* has been given fresh impetus by the reiteration in Astounding Science Fiction of the Soviet critics' condemnation of American s-f writers as "lackeys of Wall Street." One of the new school of fantasy writers, whose work has appeared in Astounding, Planet Stories and Blue Book, now has something very definite to say on the question which is being pursued in "Fantasy Forum."
follows that it would be neither good taste nor financially expedient to tramp too heavily upon the emotional bunions of the reading publicfor it is the reader rather than Wall Street that determines the course of science fiction. Give the reader something too completely at variance with his basic beliefs, conditionings and previous experience, and both the writer and the magazine will meet with widespread rejection.
*"Science FictionThe World's Nightmare": Dec. '48 - Jan. '49.
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So the utopias of s-f are in reality only pseudo-utopias, set up to be knocked down. Many writers start building on a premise of "This is the year ." Some of the characters probably like things that way, and want to keep them so; but this does not necessarily imply that the author considers his created social and governmental system perfector even good.
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character suitable for identification.
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Ask any science-fantasy reader of long standing for the names of a dozen writers who have done the most to develop the field in the past twenty years and he is almost certain to mention Jack Williamson. The only one who would be certain to overlook him isJack Williamson. For he has been as diligent a reader as he is still, after more than twenty years, an industrious contributor to the s-f magazines; and next to his record for imaginative concepts and intriguing plots, he has gained a reputation for personal modesty. At any get-together of writers and fans he is conspicuous for his silent presence, contributing little more than a sentence, in a slow drawl, to the discussionunless he is prevailed upon to give a talk, when he makes his points quietly and persuasively. [As at the recent World S-F Convention, when he spoke on the different appeals of the various types of fantasy-fiction.] A woman journalist who interviewed him for her Texas readers recently was so taken with his unexpected personality that she wrote:
* Including Tales of Wonder (Autumn '39), which was not the first magazine to reprint his work in England. His Air Wonder story, "The Second Shell" (Nov. '29), was presented in the May '31 issue of Chums.
Reviewed FR Dec. '47-Jan. '48.
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reach the ranching country where he has lived most of his life since. But not as the bronco-busting cattleman he might have becomeperhaps because a bronc busted him, instead, when he was only five years old. His Texan parents, before they turned to ranching and farming, had both been schoolteachers, and had taught him to read in their lonely homestead. It was natural, therefore, that the discovery of some of his father's dusty college books and an ancient encyclopedia should bring out the latent interest in science and history which inspired in young Jack the desire to become a scientistuntil he encountered the first science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories.
THE MERRITT INFLUENCE
* Published in book form by Fantasy Press (reviewed FR Aug.-Sept. '47), its sequels (see above) will appear in a single volume from the same source.
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a correspondence between us. Merritt told me something of his working methods and gave me some good advice. He even agreed to undertake a collaboration with me. I sent him something I had writtencalled, if I remember correctly, 'The Purple Mountain'but it was off the beam somehow and he never did anything with it; nor did he return it. I doubt if even Hannes Bok could finish it."
WIZARDS AND WEREWOLVES
Reviewed FR Apl.-May '49.
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for which he invented the pseudonym of Will Stewart, commencing with "Collision Orbit" (Astounding, Jul. '42) and lately concluded with "Seetee Shock" (Feb.-Apr. '49), did not entirely commend themselves to critics of the "new author," except for their novelty of ideas; and "The Equaliser" (Mar. '47), which marked his return to the field after over three years' absence, left his Astounding fans wondering if he had lost his touch in the interval. But he banished the doubt very forcibly with his stories of the Humanoids, "With Folded Hands . . ." (Jul. '47) and ". . . And Searching Mind" (Mar.-May '48), now presented in book form by Simon and Schuster (see Book Reviews, this issue).
Yet, somewhat to Williamson's abashment, Simon & Schuster will put "Seetee Shock" between hard covers next Spring, and Gnome Press will follow it with "Seetee Ship," a novel assembled from the three earlier stories. Of the serial, he says: "It wasn't so successful, I imagine, because it was concluding a series too long after the first stories had appeared, and I was unable to include enough explanatory material without repeating myself too much. The book version has given me the chance to fill in the technical and historical backgrounds more completely, which has improved it considerably. Re-writing the short stories as a novel will also give me the opportunity to fill in the picture of Seetee and its possible part in the operation of the universe even more fully.'
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Walter Gillings' FANTASIA
New York Times and Chicago Tribune carried full-page ads for Frederick Fell's Science Fiction Library (see "About Books," last issue), said to be selling twice as well as expected . . . Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch ran picture-feature by Book Editor Ernest Cady reviewing new fantasy novels, citing Bleiler-Dikty's "The Best S-F Stories, '49" to show why "men-from-Mars stories stories have climbed the literary ladder" . . . First of three s-f anthologies with central theme being compiled by Martin Greenberg for Gnome Press, "Men Against the Stars" will foretell tale of space-conquest from Moon trip to intergalactic flight . . . August Derleth's next anthology from Pellegrini, "Beyond Time and Space," to be historical survey of fantasy field, reprinting Bishop Godwin's "The Man in the Moone" with other classics . . "The Science Fiction Galaxy," edited by Groff Conklin, forthcoming (at 35c.) from Permabooks . . . John W. Campbell's "Wade, Arcot and Morey" series from Amazing Quarterly ("The Black Star Passes," etc.) to be revived by Fantasy Press, whence comes his "The Incredible Planet" ($3.00), also presenting "The Interstellar Search," "The Infinite Atom," all hitherto unpublished sequels to "The Mightiest Machine" . . .
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|Among the Magazines
THE PALMER HOAX
By GEOFFREY GILES
"Science fiction is . . . pregnant with wonderful possibilities for development into a new and infinitely beneficial type of literature . . . To achieve (its) purpose (it) must contain actual scientific facts and ideas not based on unfounded theory. Thus it is up to the writers of this fiction to include . . . real science and sound reasoning in their stories . . . It is in the production of more accurate and better science fiction that I am now greatly interested . . . "
* Self-confessed pseudonyms: Rae Winters, A. R. Steber, Alexander Blade, Wallace Quitman, Morris J. Steele. It has also been admitted that he has much to do with the actual production of Richard S. Shaver stories.
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found ample scope for his new powers. "Half-baked ideas, screwy science, and pedantic, unprofessional writing. Not one professional author's touch glittered from the . . . dungheap of gadgets, theories and interplanetary travelogues. There wasn't a living, breathing character, emotion (or) adventure in the whole lot."
EMOTION AND "HACK WORDS"
THE NEW S-F ?
In '39, he tipped off Time Magazine to the New York Convention, got blamed when it described s-f fans as "mostly boys of 16 to 20 . . . the jitterbugs of the pulp magazines . . . exceptionally articulate."
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esoteric feature of Amazing Stories," ["Calling All Crackpots! An Analysis of the Lemurian Hoax": Fantasy Commentator, Spring '45."] but he had the audacity to suggest that this was "the new s-f" which was going to revolutionise and vastly extend the field. Such "flagrant disregard" of fandom's disapproval by "our own little two-bit dictator . . . who would turn s-f into a plaything for every semi-sane crackpot who ever dreamt he was a Lemurian" could not be permitted to go unchallenged. A meeting of the Queens (New York) Science Fiction League solemnly passed a resolution expressing the opinion that the Shaver "Cave" stories actually endangered the sanity of their readers, and bringing the menace to the notice of the Society for the Suppression of Vice. A fan conference in Philadelphia discussed a proposal that a 1,000-signature petition be organised to get the offending magazines banned by the Post Office; but this project did not meet with approval, although speakers were unanimous in denouncing the Shaver Mythos as paranoic.
A CHALLENGE TO 'FATE'
See FR Oct.-Nov.'48; Dec.'48-Jan.'49.
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spite of its different imprint and nonfiction content, afforded an opportunity to attract further notice to the first of these works through its advertising pages; though it was not until the magazine had been running well over a year, during which it concerned itself with such matters as the Flying Saucers, lost planets and ghostly visitations, that it took up the "challenge" of Shaver in response to a reader's letter (in the Jul. '49 issue).
NO MORE PARANOIA
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concerning future policy. Both magazines, he said, will attempt to give "fandom and other readers" the kind of s-f and fantasy they have been requesting "for so many years," but neither will become "a pseudo-scientific journal." The same story elements which RAP held so important will remain paramount, but the scientific interest will not be neglected. At the same time, the "comic-book type of (story) will be weeded out as quickly as possible, (and) all the type of mysticism that borders on paranoia will not be published by us."
Requesting fandom to withhold judgment until changes in policy can take effect (with the February issues), Editor Browne welcomed suggestions and criticisms, adding: "Our writers are not going to 'write down' to the readers, nor are they going to impugn the basic laws of science by offering as truth the babblings of befuddled minds." Whereupon Fantasy Times, its expressed hope of two years ago showing promise of realisation, wished the new editor all success and the objects of its former opprobrium a healthy future as "outstanding s-f magazines."
NEW MAG. FOR MERRITT CLASSICS
Designed to introduce new readers to those Argosy classics which the majority of fantasy fans have read time and again, such as "The Moon Pool," "Dwellers in the Mirage," "The Face in the Abyss," etc., A. Merritt's Fantasy Magazine has been launched by Popular Publications, New York. as a companion to Famous Fantastic Mysteries and Fantastic Novels, in which they have been reprinted several times.
NO MORE "UNKNOWNS"
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original U.S. edition by six years, is no more. Since it was always of necessity a smaller edition than the original, it was able to continue when the Street and Smith mag. was suspended by reprinting material it had not previously published; but, having exhausted this, it was forced to cease publication with its 41st (Winter '49) issue.
"NEW WORLDS" SUCCESS
WALTER GILLINGS FOR BIS COUNCIL
Walter Gillings has been elected to the Council of the British Interplanetary Society, in succession to Terence Nonweiler, who has retired. A. V. Cleaver, Kenneth Gatland and G. V. E. Thompson were also re-elected, in the first postal ballot held by the Society since its reorganisation.
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The fuss the American book trade is making over fantasy-fiction is enough to make one wonder how they can possibly have overlooked it all these yearsand how long it will be before British publishers and booksellers latch on to its potentialities. That so many U.S. publishers are now turning in earnest to the medium is largely due to the recognition it has been afforded by the bookshopswhich in turn is the result of constant efforts by the Associated Fantasy Publishers, consolidating the interests of nine specialist houses, to bring their productions to the notice of a larger reading public, and to make them worthy of their attention.
VALUABLE VAN VOGT
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and Clark Ashton Smith, among the titles of the specialist houses are some which are no more than five years old yet are now worth two or three times their published priceand a-good deal more. The above-mentioned "Skylark" ('45) and Taine's "The Time Stream" ('46), products of the Buffalo Book Co., bring ten to fifteen dollars a copy these days, and van Vogt's "The Weapon Makers" (Hadley: '46) is worth no less than $35.00 already!
*See Book Reviews, Fantasy Review Aug.-Sept. '48.
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THINGS THAT DIDN'T COME
By WALTER GILLINGS
A comparative few of us, even in untroubled times, gain any satisfaction from looking into the future, unless it is to see what the stars are presumed to foretell. In these days, when the prospect before all of us is frightening, there is all the more temptation to look wistfully at the past; and the general wave of nostalgia has produced a glut of novels, films and radio plays set in more peaceful or boisterous years. Popular music now looks back to revive, either in original or bebopped style, the tunes to which I danced in my courting daysand I am no old-time two-stepper. Even science fiction, super-streamlined though it may be in aspect, is not immune to the trend: in the spate of books coming from the U.S. today are many which had their origin in the magazines I used to read in bed once home, footsore, from a Saturday night hop . . .
*See "First of the Fantastics": Fantasy Review, Oct.-Nov. '48.
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atomic power plants and space stations creep from the musty pages of our science fiction magazines into to-day's headlines, to shock our more sceptical friends and leave them gasping, "Well, I never! What will they be up to next?" Even the atom bomb failed to surprise us, once we had recovered from the initial shock. For us there are no surprisesexcept when the materialisation of the dream exceeds our most fantastic expectations, as it so often does these days. Through science fiction, we live mostly in a world of things to come, of gadgets yet to be invented, of vast scientific projects which only lack the mercenary motive to be accomplished. For as Mr. Lynx points out: "the world (to-day is) so competitive and commercialised that even the best idea is doomed to failure unless, in addition to inspiration, three vital things are availableMoney, Money, Money."
This Heath Robinson contraption, the "Ballonboat," designed by Henry Badgley in 1875, was the first attempt at the seaplane. It floated all right, but flying was too much for it. From "Science Illustrated."
was to run on telegraph wires, and the railway trains which were to climb over each other instead of colliding head-on.
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mechanical efficiency as to rival the modern juke-box, some of which come very near to justifying the prophecies indulged in this department by the early Utopian writers. Not the least ingenious parts of them were their names: the Daimoniom, the Baskanium, the Panomonico (a sort of one-man band with 300 instruments), and the Lustre Chantant or Singing Lamp, which surely was the progenitor of the Colour Organ predicted in Amazing Stories some years before it was actually demonstrated. There was even a machine which, in 1846, produced poetry at the rate of 1,440 verses a day (including Sundays), but to this day nobody knows if it was genuine or not. If not, it would seem to rank among the "Fantastic Hoaxes" along with Von Kempelen's checkers player.
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By Bonestell to the Planets
THE CONQUEST OF SPACE, Paintings by Chesley Bonestell; text by Willy Ley. Viking, New York. $3.95.
Reviewed by John K. Aiken
Just occasionally, for the briefest instant in some particularly well-told tale of space-travel, one has a vision of the possible ultimate reality of its imaginings. Suddenly, our emotions and fancies take fire from an intellectual sparkand for a second we are struggling to orient ourselves in a methane-ammonia tornado on Jupiter, or gazing at the glory of Saturn from Titan's frozen plain. Or, we are stirring with a heavy boot the dry, red sand of Mars, spangled here and there with flakes of mica; or ploughing camp-ward through three feet of Lunar rock-dust, and looking forward eagerly to beans for supper. And then one is back in an armchair by the fire, the interest of the story still real enough but the moment of insight gone.
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will carry with them grave difficulties of shielding both on Earth and aboard; the latter meaning, of course, more mass to carry. Yet, by a booster or multi-stage system, both problems may be solved. The establishment of a "space station" in an orbit round Earth is, too, by no means outside immediate possibilities. This would serve both as a laboratory and a refuelling point for longer-range attempts; once in position, it could be enlarged at will. And the other interim possibility, of "messenger" rockets to the Moon which might be used to observe landing conditions and so forth, is also very real.
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Saturn) in a, compendious popular astronomy which appeared back in the twenties under the not very felicitous title of "Splendour of the Heavens" (Hutchinson, London). Although not the equal of Bonestell's, these were first-class efforts and strikingly similar in general detailwhich is not an accusation of plagiarism but an indication of the care taken by the two artists to get their facts right.
The Mysticism of Blackwood
TALES OF THE UNCANNY AND SUPERNATURAL, by Algernon Blackwood. Peter Nevill, London. 12/6.
Reviewed by Arthur F. Hillman
Publishers' blurbs are seldom if ever modest, and it is tilting a lance at a pretty powerful windmill to say of an author that he is "recognised as the greatest writer in this genre at the present time." Yet, applied to Algernon Blackwood and the supernatural story, it is not easily denied. More than one generation of readers has acknowledged the eerie appeal of his tales; and this representative collection which has gained the recommendation of the Book Society, at a time when he is enjoying a reputation as an exponent of the macabre in the most up-to-date medium of the entertainer's art, will undoubtedly add emphasis to the claims of his followers.
* Which Lovecraft listed (in '29) among the ten best weird tales ever written.
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the reader with horrible evidences of a vast forest daemon about whom North Woods lumbermen whisper at night.
* See "The Incomplete Machen": FR Dec. '48-Jan. '49.
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None the less, some connoisseurs will readily concede the claims of Algernon Blackwood to the title of master of the uncanny, and will find here twenty-two of his most powerful tales. Besides such familiar titles as "Running Wolf," "The Occupant of the Room," and "The Man Whom the Trees Loved," which may be remembered from previous collections, there are two new novelettes, "The Doll" and "The Trod"; at least, they will be new to those who have not read the American volume in which they have appeared only once before*. Though not of the same quality as "The Willows" or "The Wendigo," these most recent works are yet good examples of their author's particular style of writing in this field; and each of the other selections will help the reader to assess for himself the worth of his considerable contribution to its development since the days of the peerless Poe.
* In "The Doll & One Other" (Arkham House, '46).
The Benevolent Robot
THE HUMANOIDS, by Jack Williamson. Simon & Schuster, New York. $2.00.
Reviewed by Kemp McDonald
Jack Williamson is one of the very few of the old band of authors of the early '30sand there was, say what you will, a glamour about their workwho has been able to make the adaptation to the more thoughtful and soundly-based style pioneered by Editor Campbell; and he has managed to do this without losing any of his very individual brand of magic, a matter of delicacy in atmosphere and sensitive choice of words by which to contrive a real sense of other-worldliness, of futures remote and distances vast beyond conception.
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the robots psychophysical control is nearing completion.
The Best of 1948
THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION STORIES: 1949, edited by Everett F. Bleiler & T. E. Dikty. Frederick Fell, New York. $2.95.
Reviewed by John K. Aiken
Often the most interesting things about an anthology are the deductions that can be made from it about the character and predilections of its compiler. The editor of a magazine reveals himself and his opinion of his public well enough by the material he selects; the anthologist is even franker in giving away his prejudices and blind spots by what he leaves out. One has read anthologies so stamped with the compiler's personality that the stories seemed more truly his than the original authors': it is arguable that he should so indulge his personal preference.
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as Bright," both are Martian nightmares, each, in its utterly distinctive way, quite literally shocking.
The Entertaining Zagat
SEVEN OUT OF TIME, by Arthur Leo Zagat. Fantasy Press, Reading, Pa. $3.00.
Reviewed by D. R. Smith
Publication of this Argosy serial of ten years ago (Mar. 11-Apr. 15 '39), in the handsome book format for which the Fantasy Press is noted, comes only a few months after the death of a writer who was well-known for his prolificacy in the American pulp fiction field, in which he was so adept as to be accepted as a model tutor*. Although trained as a lawyer, he made story-writing his profession; and of his five hundred published pieces, only about five per cent were science fiction. Since he wrote principally for the "action magazines," his fantasies tended to be of the type which are read to-day and forgotten tomorrow; but he will long be remembered for his early collaborations with fellow lawyer Nat Schachner, with whom he built a joint reputation, in the days of Gernsback's Wonder, for stories which were characterised by the hectic nature of their plots rather than by any regard for scientific probability.
* At the end of the war, he spent much of his time in military hospitals coaching potential writers, and later organised the Writers' Work Shop for Veterans. More recently, he taught short story writing at New York University.
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pair produced in quick succession a string of pieces, culminating in "Exiles of the Moon" (Wonder, Sep.-Nov. '31), which were fairly popular with the general readership of Wonder and the Clayton Astounding, but rather less so with the fans, who were then even more sensitive to scientific background than they are now. In '31 the collaboration ended, and each writer went his separate but similar way; though Schachner's output in this field during the next three years was greatly in excess of the other's.
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that reminds one instantly of William Hope Hodgson's "The Night Land," and the Seven include, in addition to the present-day hero-narrator and his beloved, such notables of the past as Francois Villon, the ruffian-poet of fifteenth-century France, the prophet Elijah, and other historical characters having an intrinsic interest.
THE KID FROM MARS, by Oscar J. Friend. Fell, New York. $2.50.
Reviewed by Arthur F. Hillman
"Erexcuse me. I'm a Martian"
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With a Pinch of Snuff
THE TERRIBLE AWAKENING, by Hugh Desmond. Wright & Brown, London. 7/6.
Reviewed by Thomas Sheridan
Not since I stumbled on that excruciating thriller, "The Devil Man from Mars,"* in which our hero comes to Earth in an ordinary airplane with the wind behind him, have I encountered quite such an incongruous specimen of British science-fantasy (dare I call it that?) as this. Who the author is I know not, except that he has "Blood Cries for Vengeance," "The Secret Voice," etc. to his name; but he is obviously more at home with historical than astronomical matters, and when he seeks to combine them the result is far from being as satisfactory as, for instance, Bohun Lynch's "Menace from the Moon," in which the two elements are mixed so cleverly and plausibly that I shall always hold this fascinating tale in high esteem.
* By James Corbett (Jenkins, London, '35).
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one," M. de Barsac explains, taking another pinch of snuff.
Following serialisation in condensed form by the old Passing Show (Dec. '34-Mar. '35), both stories were published separately in this country by Stanley Paul.
BLEEDING FROM THE ROMAN, by Eric Romilly. Chapman & Hall, London. 9/6.
Reviewed by Everett F. Bleiler
In this latest version of Mark Twain's "Yankee at the Court of King Arthur," Jim Craddock drops back into Queen Boadicea's Britain. As equipment he has an automobile (American, but called Canadian for propaganda purposes), a full tank and a spare tin of petrol, shotguns with an inexhaustible supply of ammunition, and the ability to talk better classical Latin than the Roman officials. Once arrived, like any Graustarkian hero, he has no difficulty in crashing high society, but hob - nobs with Boadicea and her daughters and is even accepted as a god by some of the lower classes.
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More from Mr. Heard
THE LOST CAVERN and Other Tales of the Fantastic by Gerald Heard. Cassell, London. 9/6.
Reviewed by Alan Devereux
Here is another book of four long-short stories by an author whose work, if it is not exactly compelling to the reader who demands tightly-knitted plots and snappy endings, is at least interesting to those who can appreciate a leisurely style and a well-considered treatment of a fantastic theme. Two of the stories are science-fantasy, and two along religious lines. The title-tale is undoubtedly one of the best subterranean fantasies I have ever read: the description of a world of caverns inhabited by intelligent giant bats is graphic and convincing.
*Reviewed FR Feb.-Mar. '48.
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Why Gernsback Gave Up
Thank you very much for the copies of Fantasy Review containing "The Story of Wonder" which you so kindly sent me. These are very interesting, and the story itself is excellent with the facts exactly as they were.
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managerial trends which are manifesting themselves in Britain and the U.S.A. as well as in the U.S.S.R.?S. R. Dalton, Leeds.
The Autumn number of Science-Fantasy Review to hand, and I have some questions to ask:
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"Index of Magazine Science Fiction," edited by William Evans and published by Robert Petersen, 1308 S. Vine Street, Denver, Colorado, has 144 (mimeographed) pages covering the contents of 26 magazines published between '26 and '48, giving titles, authors and illustrators of stories and articles in each issue, with indications of the length and type of each story, and information on pseudonyms. Though it is full of typographical errors, awkwardly sectioned and poorly bound, it represents a herculean feat of compilation and classification which has not been attempted on such a scale since "The Imagi-Index" was issued (by Franklin Brady and A. Ross Kuntz) in '41. This listed the contents of all the s-f magazines (American and English) published between '26 and '38. A Volume Index compiled and orginated by John Nitka, first issued as a special supplement to Fantasy Fiction Field, was reissued in '48 by the National Fantasy Fan Federation, which is also publishing periodical Indexes to various fantasy publications and to the complete works of various leading authors, as compiled by Darrell C. Richardson. For further details write NFFF Sec.- Treas., K. Martin Carlson, 1028 Third Avenue S., Moorhead, Minnesota, U.S.A.Ed.]
THE QUERY BOX
Walter Gillings' FANTASIAContinued from page 9
Giving The Magazine of Fantasy (see "Among the Magazines," last issue) its blessing, Time ran piece on pulp s-f with its "lithe heroes, bosomy heroines, bug-eyed monsters and space-suited villains from Mars" . . . New bi-monthly from Popular Publications devoted to Captain Zero, Master of Midnight, made invisible by atomic explosion, whose first adventure in the "City of Deadly Sleep" told by G. T. Fleming-Roberts . . With New Worlds No. 6 due shortly, Nova Publications shareholders gathered to hear Chairman John Beynon Harris report on first year's progress, offer himself for re-election . . . Toronto Star Weekly ran "Lord of Atlantis," by John Russell Fearn, whose "The Intelligence Gigantic" will see U.S. pocket-book publication . . . Satevepost featured two s-f tales in one issue: "Nightmare at Dawn," by Robert ',Spencer Carr, and "Doomsday Preferred," by Will F. Jenkins . . . English Argosy reprinted Ray Bradbury's "Homecoming," "Uncle Einar" . . . Articles on Rhine experiments in parapsychology in Strand Magazine (by John Langdon-Davies) and News-Chronicle, which also recorded opening of "new rockets-to-the-Moon season" by BIS, whose "thriving organisation of imaginative zealots" got another column in Time . . .
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