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Out of This World Adventures

Entry updated 12 December 2022. Tagged: Publication.

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1. US Pulp magazine. Two issues, July 1950 and December 1950, published by Avon Periodicals; edited by Donald A Wollheim. The first issue included an impressive line-up of authors: A Bertram Chandler, Ray Cummings, Lester del Rey, Kris Neville, Mack Reynolds and A E van Vogt. The stories, however, were not the authors' best, and if any story stands out as memorable, if unpronounceable, it is "The Puzzle of Priipiirii" (July 1950) by William Tenn, where humans struggle to solve the mystery of a Labyrinth on Mars. Chandler was the only writer of equivalent stature to appear in both issues, though even his work here is rather formulaic Space Opera. An unusual feature was a 32-page Comics section which the publisher had managed to acquire cheaply (oddly, #2 of the Canadian edition included a different comics section from that in the US edition). The comics feature proved not to be the expected selling point, and the magazine flopped. [MJE/MA]

2. Out of This World Adventures should not be confused with the UK weird-fiction Digest magazine Out of This World (2 issues 1954-1955), published by John Spencer and Co (see Badger Books). [MJE]

further reading

  • Out of This World Adventures (Hornsea, East Yorkshire: PS Publishing/Artbooks, 2022) [collects in dos format both issues of the 1950 Out of This World Adventures magazine plus other material: in the publisher's Golden Age Classics series: pb/]


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