Stirring Science Stories

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US Pulp magazine, changing to letter-size for the final issue. Four issues February 1941 to March 1942, all edited by Donald A Wollheim. The first three issues were published bimonthly by Albing Publications which then ceased operating with heavy printing debts, and the company was taken over by Ben Sangor who operated as Manhattan Fiction Publications and sought to continue some of the magazines, including one final issue of Stirring which appeared nine months later but had been compiled long before. The companion magazine to Cosmic Stories, Stirring Science Stories was produced under similar adverse financial conditions: writers were promised payment only if Stirring Science Stories were a success. Three issues carried covers by artist Hannes Bok. Stirring Science Stories featured many stories by Futurians, including James Blish and C M Kornbluth (who contributed various stories under at least three pseudonyms), and printed Damon Knight's first published story, "Resilience" (February 1941). Stirring Science Stories was presented as two magazines in one: the second half was separately titled Stirring Fantasy Fiction, and came complete with its own editorial and readers' departments. It was arguably a better magazine than Cosmic, chiefly because of Kornbluth's work, which included his Unknown-style fantasy "Thirteen O'Clock" (February 1941 as by Cecil Corwin) and the rather more unsettling Weird Tales-style "The Words of Guru" (June 1941 as by Kenneth Falconer). There were also contributions by David H Keller and Clark Ashton Smith, which add to this magazines collectability. [MJE/PN/MA]

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