35 Facts About Amazing Stories


Amazing Stories is an American science fiction magazine launched in April 1926 by Hugo Gernsback's Experimenter Publishing.

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Science fiction stories had made regular appearances in other magazines, including some published by Gernsback, but Amazing helped define and launch a new genre of pulp fiction.

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Amazing Stories switched to a digest size format in 1953, shortly before the end of the pulp-magazine era.

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Experimenter Publishing did not file any defence and was declared bankrupt by default on 6 March 1929; Amazing Stories survived with its existing staff, but Hugo and his brother, Sidney, were forced out as directors.

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The schedule of Amazing Stories Quarterly began to slip, but Amazing did not miss an issue in the early 1930s.

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In September 1943 Richard Shaver, an Amazing reader, began to correspond with Palmer, who soon asked him to write stories for the magazine.

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Amazing Stories produced a dummy issue in April 1950, and planned to launch the new incarnation of Amazing in April 1951, the 25th anniversary of the first issue.

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Browne's interest in Amazing Stories declined when the project to turn it into a slick magazine was derailed.

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Readers' letters in Amazing Stories had indicated a desire for novels, which Amazing Stories did not have room to run.

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Amazing Stories's performed well and Lobsenz's involvement soon became minimal.

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Amazing Stories secured Cohen's agreement that the policy of printing almost nothing but reprinted stories would be phased out by the end of the year, and took over as editor with the September 1967 issue.

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Amazing Stories resigned, and suggested Barry N Malzberg to Cohen as a possible successor.

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Amazing Stories's had worked for Bernhard as an illustrator and in the production department of several of his magazines, though not for Amazing.

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Amazing Stories's had been an editor at Bill of Fare, a restaurant trade magazine.

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Amazing Stories's was not confident that a woman would be accepted as the editor of a science fiction magazine, so she initially used the pseudonym "Omar Gohagen" for both Amazing and Fantastic, dropping it late in 1980.

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Amazing Stories was replaced by Patrick Lucien Price in September 1986, and then by Kim Mohan in May 1991.

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Amazing Stories had always believed that "scientifiction", as he called these stories, had educational power, but he now understood that the fiction had to entertain as well as to instruct.

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Amazing Stories's continued belief in the instructional value of science fiction was not in keeping with the general attitude of the public towards pulp magazines, which was that they were "trash".

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When Smith saw a copy of the April 1927 issue of Amazing Stories, he submitted it to Sloane, and it appeared in the August–October 1928 issues.

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Amazing Stories was infamous for his slow response to manuscripts, and when Astounding Stories was launched in January 1930, with better rates and faster editorial response, some of Sloane's writers quickly defected.

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Amazing Stories wanted the magazine to provide escapist entertainment, and had no interest in scientific accuracy.

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Amazing Stories's soon began to publish some of the better new writers.

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In September 1960 Amazing Stories began to carry Sam Moskowitz's series of author profiles, which had begun in Fantastic, the sister magazine.

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Frank Paul, who had painted all the covers for the first few years of Amazing Stories, contributed a wraparound cover for the April 1961 35th anniversary issue; this was his last cover art for a science fiction magazine.

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Amazing Stories continued the book review column, and a series of science articles by Gregory Benford and David Book.

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Amazing Stories made a deal in 1971 with Gordon Eklund, who was hesitating to become a full-time writer because of the financial risks.

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Amazing Stories's reputation had been for formulaic science fiction almost since it began, but White was able to take the magazine to a higher standard than any other editor except Cele Goldsmith, and gave Amazing Stories a respected position in the field.

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Amazing Stories's successors were not able to maintain the same level of quality.

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Amazing Stories's was given an extremely limited budget to work with, and had few stories on hand to work with initially, and as a result her first issues contained several reprints.

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Amazing Stories's began a serial story in graphic format that used reader input to continue its plot.

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Over time Mavor was to some extent able to reverse the negative perceptions of Amazing Stories among established authors, but she was initially forced to work primarily with newer writers.

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Amazing Stories was influential simply by being the first of its kind.

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Amazing Stories began as a bedsheet format magazine and remained so until October 1933, when it switched to pulp size.

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From 1940 to 1943, and again from 1947 to 1951, copies of Amazing Stories were rebound, three at a time, and resold as Amazing Stories Quarterly.

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Between 1998 and 2000, Amazing Stories published a series of short stories based upon the Star Trek franchise.

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