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Galaxy Novel #14

gn14Isaac Asimov’s Pebble in the Sky is the fourteenth Galaxy Novel, published in 1953, with a cover by Richard Powers.

Here’s the opening paragraph:
“Two minutes before he disappeared forever from the face of the Earth he knew, Joseph Schwartz strolled along the pleasant streets of suburban Chicago quoting Browning to himself.”

Galaxy Novel #9

gn9Four Sided Triangle by William F. Temple is the ninth Galaxy Novel, published in 1952, with a cover by Richard Powers.

Steve Carper’s “The Galaxy Science Fiction Novels” appears in The Digest Enthusiast #4 (June 2016), covering the first 35 digest-sized books in the series. His follow-up “Sin in Space: The Galaxy Beacon Novels,” covering books #36–46 appears in Paperback Parade #97 (March 2017).

Clifford Simak’s Empire

gn7An excerpt from Steve Carper’s “The Galaxy Science Fiction Novels” from TDE4 covers Galaxy Novel #7 (1951), Empire by Clifford D. Simak:

The story originated from John Campbell as a teen. Simak wrote, “Empire was essentially a rewrite of John’s plot. I may have taken a few of the ideas and action, but I didn’t use any of his words. And I certainly tried to humanize his characters.”

Steve’s TDE article focuses on the first 35 Novels published by Galaxy. Surprisingly, the final 11 were published by sleaze house Beacon. For the story on those, see his follow-up piece in the current issue of Paperback Parade (#97) from Gryphon Books.

Raymond F. Jones’ “The Alien”

gn6This excerpt from Steve Carper’s “The Galaxy Science Fiction Novels” from TDE4 covers Galaxy Novel #6 (1951), The Alien by Raymond F. Jones:

“The alien of the title of Jones’ book is found buried deep in an asteroid, the remains of a planet that exploded 500,000 years ago, creating the asteroid belt. That impossible cosmology is par for
 the book, which has its archaeologist heroes battle the weaponized brain of the alien by hopping into a convenient-but-never-before-mentioned faster-than-light starship and zooming to another planet to bring back the only weapon in the universe that can defeat him.”

Steve’s TDE article focuses on the first 35 Novels published by Galaxy. Surprisingly, the final 11 were published by sleaze house Beacon. For the story on those, see his follow-up piece in the current issue of Paperback Parade (#97) from Gryphon Books.

Arthur C. Clarke: Prelude to Space

gn3Galaxy Science Fiction Novels #3 from an excerpt from Steve Carper’s “The Galaxy Science Fiction Novels” from TDE4.

[H.L.] Gold hurriedly filled the slot with the existential opposite of super-science, an original novel set in a recognizable future. It had everything—a rising young star as its author, cutting-edge contemporary subject matter, a realistic style that eschewed Gosh-wow, an astronomical cover that for once indicated the lure of the contents, the true first edition of the first novel ever published by a name destined to achieve world renown. Arthur C. Clarke’s Prelude to Space (#3) fell into Gold’s lap for the least likely possible reason: everybody else in the field had rejected it.”

Opening lines to the novel:
“For five miles straight as an arrow, the gleaming metal track lay along the face of the desert. It pointed to the northwest across the dead heart of the continent and to the ocean beyond. Over this land, once the home of the aborigines, many strange shapes had risen, roaring, in the last generation. The greatest and strangest of them all lay at the head of the launching track along which it was to hurtle into the sky.”

Galaxy Science Fiction Novels #1

Galaxy Novel #1

The size of a digest magazine makes them ideal for readers. Not so for newsdealers. Standard racks aren’t designed for digests and if you can’t grab the attention of someone browsing the stands, impulse sales are tough to close. Challenge enough for digest magazines. But what is a newsdealer to do with a digest-size novel coming at her through her regular magazine distributor?

Despite display and distribution challenges, the Galaxy Science Fiction Novels ran from 1950 to 1961. Shown here is the cover of the first edition that launched the series.

Steve Carper examines the series and its roots in “The Galaxy Science Fiction Novels” in TDE4.

Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 1

Alec Cizak has restarted his Pulp Modern fiction journal and will be open for submissions from March 1–10, 2017. He’s looking for crime, horror, fantasy, science fiction and western yarns of 2000 to 3500 words.

See the Pulp Modern website for complete submission guidelines and No Moral Center for updates and announcements. Read a few of the past issues for the type of stories he’s looking for.

I’ll handle the design and production of Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 1, so Alec can focus on sourcing the best fiction.

In other news, congratulations to TDE’s Steve Carper, whose blog, Planet Lactose, was honored as a Top Food Allergy Blog by Feedspot.

For the latest news on avoiding dairy products if you are lactose intolerant, have milk allergies, are a vegan, or want to keep kosher, follow Planet Lactose.

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The Digest Enthusiast #5

The Digest Enthusiast #5 Jan. 2017 cover by Joe Wehrle, Jr.

TDE5 is now available in print and Kindle editions. Here’s the lineup:

• Interview with Bill Crider: The inside story on Dan Rhodes, EQMM’s Blog Bytes and Bill’s storied career with digests—with special coverage of the beloved DAPA-EM.

• Digest News: the latest from Dell, Fate, F&SF, Nostalgia Digest, Video WatcHDog and our contributors; readers’ response to TDE4; plus Tom Brinkmann’s portraits of synchronicity.

Peter Enfantino’s overview and synopses of Martin Goodman’s Justice Amazing Detective Mysteries.

Steve Carper cracks the riddle of the remarkable Ellery Queen Selects series.

Peter Enfantino reports on the editorial insights of Robert A.W. Lowndes on his ultimate manifestation: the Magazine of Horror.

• RAWL on Writing for Publication, a summary by Richard Krauss.

• Reviews of the UK’s Worlds of Fantasy #4, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction edited by Peter Nicholls, Charles Beckman, Jr.’s Honky Tonk Girl by Gary Lovisi, and Marvel Science Stories May 1951.

• Genre fiction by Lesann Berry, Richard L. Kellogg, and Joe Wehrle, Jr.; with illustrations by Brian Buniak, Michael Neno, and Joe Wehrle, Jr.

• Plus contents lists and sources; digest magazine checklists; Haiku by Clark Dissmeyer; cartoons by Brad Foster and Bob Vojtko; and more.

Print version, $8.99, includes nearly 100 B&W cover images, 152 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″ digest.
 Kindle version, $2.99, includes over 50 color cover images.

For information on previous editions visit the Larque Press website.

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Ellery Queen Selects: Coming this January in TDE5

Tyrannosaur Faire by Steve Carper

Tyrannosaur Faire by Steve Carper

Steve Carper has turned in a terrific article for The Digest Enthusiast about the Ellery Queen Selects series. It’s a fascinating read, loaded with background information about Frederic Dannay’s pet project with highlights about each edition. The article is in layout now—7600 words—and will run about 22 pages.

The past is Steve Carper’s future. He created the Flying Cars and Food Pill website to bring the past future of technological marvels back into life. A long-term collector of digests, other paperbacks, mystery and science fiction and about 10,000 other books, he’s writing a new history and bibliography of the seminal f&sf publisher Gnome Press. A collection of his own published science fiction, Tyrannosaur Faire, is available in paper and electronic format.

Steve’s part articles for The Digest Enthusiast include:
“The Dashiell Hammett Digests” (TDE3 Jan. 2016)
“The Galaxy Science Fiction Novels” (TDE4 June 2016)

The Digest Enthusiast #4 is here!

The Digest Enthusiast #4

The Digest Enthusiast #4

The fourth edition of our book-length magazine celebrating yesterday’s and today’s digest magazine titles is now available in print and digital versions. Here’s what’s inside:

Interviews:

Art Taylor: Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Editors of the new generation of digital digests:
  Alec Cizak (Pulp Modern), Jennifer Landels (Pulp Literature),
  John Kenyon (Grift Magazine),
 Kristen Valentine (Betty Fedora), Sheri White (Morpheus Tales
)

Articles:

Suspense Magazine and Novels by Richard Krauss

Galaxy Science Fiction Novels by Steve Carper
Galaxy Magabooks by Gary Lovisi

Criswell Predicts: Fate & Spaceway by Tom Brinkmann

Shock Mystery Tales by Peter Enfantino

Max Allan Collins’ Pocket Pin-ups trading cards

Reviews:
H.G. Wells Society Newsletter #30
Bulldog Drummond by Sapper
Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines by Michael L. Cook


Fiction:

“A Rat Must Chew” by Gary Lovisi

“The Hideout” by Ron Fortier
“Strangers in Need” by Joe Wehrle, Jr.

“Wounded Wizard” by John Kuharik

Artwork and Cartoons:

Sean Azzopardi

Rob Davis 

Brad Foster

Michael Neno

Bob Vojtko
Joe Wehrle, Jr.

Also includes:

Editor’s Notes
Suspense Magazine index
Social media round-up
Opening Lines

Print $8.99 (b&w interior) 
Includes ~100 cover images, 152 pages
amazon.com     CreateSpace
eBook $2.99 (color throughout) 
Includes ~ 50 cover images
Kindle     Kindle Preview

Larque Press website