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Amazing Histories, Fall 1928: The Fourth Quarter

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Science has made hardly a single step that scientifiction has not foretold. And science, in return, has disclosed a million new and startling facts, to serve as wings for the scientifiction author's brain.

Astounding Histories, June 1930: Creatures from Below

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Why are there dinosaurs on the lunar surface?

Astounding Histories, May 1930: Humanity’s Evolution

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In 1930 Astounding Stories was a new publication, edited not by John W. Campbell but by Harry Bates

Astounding Histories, April 1930: Venusian Vampires and Marine Monsters

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The fourth issue of the magazine the Astounding Award (for Best New Author) is named.

Astounding Histories, March 1930: Brigands and Vandals

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Capt. S.P. Meek & Ray Cummings lead of this third installment of a pulp icon.

Astounding Histories, February 1930: Heroes and Villains

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The February 1930 issue of Astounding Stories of Super-Science has hit the newsstands.

Astounding Histories, January 1930: Stories of Super-Science

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Amazing Stories' early rival gets some love with this review of its very first issue

Amazing Histories, November 1928: As Above, So Below

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A review of one of Amazing Stories' most iconic issues

Amazing Histories, October 1928: To the Moon, Mars, and Beyond

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So the time is not distant when it will be possible for us to witness a ball game a thousand miles away.

Amazing Histories, September 1928: A Symbol for Scientifiction

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A contest to search for a "symbol for scientifiction"

Amazing Histories, Summer 1928: The Third Quarter

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The editors realize that, this being your publication, you, the reader, have certain ideas, not only about this publication, but about scientifiction as well.

Amazing Histories, August 1928: Space Opera Takes Off

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Amazing Stories' most collectible issue, featuring the birth of Space Opera and the origin of Anthony 'Buck' Rogers.

Amazing Histories, July 1928: The World’s a Stage

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Scientific investigations conducted at the Gernsback offices...and a report on the July, 1928 issue of the magazine

Amazing Histories, June 1928: Beyond the Visible

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Gernsback experiences myth becoming reality; H.G. Wells, David H Keller, Baron Munchhhausen's adventures and more round out this 1928 issue of the magazine

Amazing Histories, Spring 1928: The Second Quarter

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"We believe that America will in time, become known as the hotbed of scientifiction..." Hugo Gernsback, 1928

Amazing Histories, May 1928: Inventions and Invertebrates

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A cautionary editorial about predicting the future of technology; giant octopi in print, presaging giant creature films, and more

Amazing Histories, April 1928: The Second Anniversary

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Clair Winger Harris, HG Wells, Gernsback, and an appeal to design a symbol for "Scientifiction"

Amazing Histories, March 1928: Sun and Moon

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Doris Sutherland continues her review of Amazing Stories' early history. including letter column praise for H.P. Lovecraft's The Colour Out of Space.

Amazing Histories, Winter 1928: The First Quarter

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Gernsback introduced Amazing Stories Quarterly when readers begged him to take the magazine weekly. Here's the first issue.

Amazing Histories, February 1928: Rewriting History, Rethinking Physics

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Baron Munchausen begins his adventures anew in the latest issue of Amazing Stories

Amazing Histories, January 1928: Comets and Catastrophes

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"I have tried to get several of my friends to read your magazine by lending out old copies of mine; when their parents find these copies they refuse to let them even finish the stories"

Amazing Histories, December 1927: In the Sky, Under the Sea and...

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No, tthat's not a futuristtic opium den on the cover, though the editorial content does dabble in psychology.

Amazing Histories, November 1927: Humanity Past and Future

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Journey back to November 1927, when Hugo Gernsback suggests that some science fiction concepts may become obsolete.

Amazing Histories, October 1927: Prehistoric Life and Futuristic Crimes

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Two people stand inside an observatory, staring up at the sky. They have access to a large telescope, but they are not looking through...

Amazing Histories, September 1927: From a Darker Place

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extraterrestrial diseases, chemically-created spectres, man-eating plants, electric deathtraps and people being turned to stone...and it's ONLY 1927....

Amazing Histories, August 1927: Red Mars and Darkest Africa

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The debut of H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, and an iconic Frank R. Paul cover.

Amazing Histories, July 1927: An Annual Event

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Two-fer, as Doris dives deep into both the July 1927 issue and the one and only Amazing Stories Annual.

Amazing Histories, June 1927: Prize-Winning Stories

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In this latest issue, Hugo Gernsback announces that he and his associates have chosen the three contest winners from around 360 entrants

Amazing Histories, May 1927: Long Journeys and Short Trips

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From Gernsback's editorial: “The editors of Amazing Stories… are trying their best to keep from this magazine stories that belong rather in the domain of fairy tales than in scientifiction”,

Amazing Histories, April 1927: The First Anniversary

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Amazing Stories' first anniversary issue hits the stands.