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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

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Now available: TDE3

The Digest Enthusiast #3

The Digest Enthusiast #3

Great news, the third edition of The Digest Enthusiast is now available in print and Kindle from Amazon.

The issue leads off with D. Blake Werts’ interview with Heather Jacobs, editor of the handcrafted Big Fiction small press digest from the Seattle area.

Tom Brinkmann is back with an overview of that other Beyond digest; the one about strange phenomena, plus a profile about one of the digest’s writers, Timothy Green Beckley.

New Pulp champion Ron Fortier joins TDE with four reviews and a fast-paced story, “The Rail City Rolls.”

Cover artist Joe Wehrle, Jr. provides a noirish new cover painting, a SF yarn, “Planetstorm” and a look at the Italian digest comic Diabolik (with his portraits of the character’s creators).

Peter Enfantino joins TDE with an overview of Super-Science Fiction and Gunsmoke, along with an all-inclusive synopsis of each issue.

We also welcome Steve Carper to our pages, who provides a terrific piece on Dashiell Hammett’s digests: Bestseller Mystery, Mercury Mystery and Jonathan Press.

Gryphon Press’ editor and publisher, Gary Lovisi returns with a wonderful western yarn, “Old Aunt Sin” with brand new artwork provided by the talented Michael Neno.

Plus, an overview of Dope Fiends trading cards; new reviews of A Blonde for Murder by Walter B. Gibson, Jeff Canja’s Popular Fiction Periodicals reference book, Betty Fedora #2, Paperback Parade #89, Manhunt (Dec. 1953), Children’s Digest (Spring 1972), and Fate #727; and artwork and cartoons by Brad Foster and Bob Vojtko.

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

PS: If you’d like to help spread the word TDE3 is now available, visit www.larquepress.com/factsheet.htm for the full contents list and cover images.