Sunday, September 13, 2009

Still More Amazing Stories

Here's the inside back cover of the November 1954 Amazing Stories, more of the great SF Book Club advertising. I don't know if you can read the summaries, but again I love the marketing. The old "sense of wonder." Can't beat it.

As for some other stories in the issue, "Sell it to Satan" by Milton Lesser (Stephen Marlowe) is an amusing little fantasy that mixes a few mythologies, good for a smile. An okay story. So is "Two's a Crowd" by John Toland, a variation on the "duplicating machine" story. Ah, the attitudes of the '50s.

John Jakes contributes "The Revenge of Edwin Mudd," about a guy who invents a way to talk back to people on TV. Literally. I don't think it would work out the way it does in the story, certainly not today, but it's fun to think about.

And if you've ever wondered what would happen if all the dogs on earth died, you can read Frank Herbert's The Gone Dogs. Some of them get cloned elsewhere, with predictable results.


Todd Mason said...

You know, last week I took a long lunch and indulged myself, and picked up not only the 60th anniversary issue of F&SF (and the new EQMM and the 10th annish of TIN HOUSE and such) but also the 60th anniversary anthology of THE VERY BEST OF F&SF...and an original antho of stories inspired by THE TWILIGHT ZONE, which to some extent was a reunion project reminiscent of the TZ MAGAZINE of the '80s, not least with Lansdale's contribution.

Daniel Keyes's "Flowers for Algernon" unsurpringly still tops the polls of reader favorites among F&SF stories.

wv: manikin, just to keep the TZ vibe going

George said...

I love that "sense of wonder" but seldom find it in contemporary SF.