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Wonder Stories Quarterly

Entry updated 2 April 2015. Tagged: Publication.


US letter-size Pulp magazine, Fall 1929 to Summer 1932, dropped to standard pulp-size Fall 1932 to Winter 1933, 14 issues, published by Hugo Gernsback's Stellar Publishing Corporation as a quarterly companion to Science Wonder Stories/Wonder Stories, the first three issues appearing as Science Wonder Quarterly. David Lasser was the managing editor. Wonder Stories Quarterly featured mostly space stories. A complete novel was featured in every issue, and the magazine was notable for its translations (by Francis Currier) from the German (see Germany), including Otto Willi Gail's "Shot into Infinity" (1925 Germany as Der Schuss ins All; trans Fall 1929) and its sequel "The Stone from the Moon" (1926 Germany as Der Stein vom Mond; trans Spring 1930), and Otfrid Von Hanstein's "Electropolis" (1928 Germany as Elektropolis; trans Summer 1930) and "Between Earth and Moon" (1928 Germany as Mond-Rak 1. Eine Fahrt ins Weltall; trans Fall 1930). It was also in Wonder Stories Quarterly that the first story appeared involving Pluto (see Outer Planets), which had been discovered in March 1930: Into Plutonian Depths (Spring 1931; 1950) by Stanton A Coblentz. Lasser used Wonder Stories Quarterly as a vehicle for promoting interplanetary stories in order to promote interest in space travel and in the newly formed American Interplanetary Society of which he was President.

Also of interest in the magazine were two stories by the early woman pulp writer Clare Winger Harris, and the first fan letter from Forrest J Ackerman (Fall 1929). [BS/MA/PN]


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