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Opening Lines: Valentine’s Castle

Fantasy and Science Fiction Dec. 1979

“The Ghayrog city of Dulorn was an architectural marvel, a city of frosty brilliance that extended for two hundred miles up and down the heart of the great Dulorn Rift.”
“Lord Valentine’s Castle” part two by Robert Silverberg Fantasy and Science Fiction Dec. 1979

Lesann Berry’s Edge of Eternity

Michael Neno's illo for The Edge of Eternity

Illustrated by Michael Neno, Lesann Berry’s third episode of her Alternate History Archive appears in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7. Here’s the opening paragraph:

“The ruin crumbled around Kiefer, hunks of concrete dropping away to litter the ragged piles of rubble below. Inside the fractured shell of the embassy, in the days after the bombs finally stopped falling, and before the stench of the fallen became unbearable, he bore witness to the destruction. Camera crews swarmed over the twisted jungle of rebar, shutters snapping, and journalistic fever roaring. He and a handful of other soldiers stood watch, scanning the devastation for aggressive response. The others, also like him, bit the insides of their cheeks raw, chewing the words down to crumbs so they couldn’t escape. Instead, they spat them out, brief splatters of saliva coagulating in the ash and dust until the rapacious summer air sucked away the tiny oases of moisture.”

Glory Day

Analog June 1971

Excerpt from Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s article on “The Telzey Amberdon Stories of James H. Schmitz” in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

Glory Day (Analog June 1971). Telzey and Trigger are stunned, kid- napped, and wind up on Askanam, a day before the annual Glory Day tournaments in a political scheme that involves other telepaths. Telzey’s psionic abilities are more highly developed than the others’ and she helps Trigger develop a mind- shield. Still, they have a tough time working their way out of a danger- ous situation. Reprinted in T’nT: Telzey and Trigger (Baen, 2000).

Ads from The Occult Digest

Advertising in digest magazines often feature other publications, books, and pamphlets that may be of interest to their readers. Tom Brinkmann’s article on The Occult Digest from The Digest Enthusiast book seven includes several ads from the magazine. Two of them are shown below.

TOD Ad 1
TOD Ad 2

A regular contributor to TDE, Tom Brinkmann writes about unusual, off-the-beaten-path magazines, digests, and tabloids. His Bad Mags website was active from June 2004–July 2017. His books, Bad Mags Volume 1 (2008) and Volume 2 (2009) are available from secondary outlets, including amazon.com

Science Fiction Adventures March 1954

Science Fiction Adventures March 1954

Science Fiction Adventures Vol. 2 No. 2 March 1954
(Cover: March, Contents Page: February)
Contents
Harry Harrison’s Editorial: What is a Magazine?
Ken Crossen “Plague” art by Alex Ebel
Thomas N. Scortia “The Prodigy” art by Roy G. Krenkel
Walter L. Kleine “The Ride” art by H.R. Smith
Bill Venable’s Fanmag: Fansoc
William Tenn’s The Fiction in Science Fiction, art by Mendenhall
Damon Knight’s The Dissecting Table (book reviews)
C.M. Kornbluth “The Syndic” part 2 of 2 art by Art Sussman
The Chart Room (letters)

Editor: Harry Harrison
Assoc. Editor: M. Machlin, John Vincent
Book Editor: Damon Knight
Art Director: Milton Berwin
Cover: Mel Hunter
160 pages, 35¢

Read Vince Nowell, Sr.’s article “When Things Go Wrong—The Lester del Rey/John Raymond Fiasco” in The Digest Enthusiast book seven.

Alfred Hitchcock Feb. 1964

Alfred Hitchcock Feb. 1964

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 9 No. 2 Feb. 1964
Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Readers
Contents
Henry Slesar “Second Verdict”
Duane Yarnell “The Bent Frame”
Arthur Porges “Blood Will Tell”
Robert Edmond Alter “A Habit for the Voyage”
Thomasina Weber “The Handiest Man Around”
Wenzell Brown “The Lure”
Hilda Cushing “She Loved Funerals”
Clark Howard “Four and Twenty Blackbirds”
Jonathan Craig “The Baby”
Gene Pollock “The Time of His Life”
Miranda Wallace “A Touch of Magic”
Edward Wellen “Siege Perilous”
Richard Deming “The Sensitive Juror”
Carroll Mayers “The Big Grab”
Bernice Balfour “The Vision of Mrs. Hardy”

Editor: Richard E. Decker
160 pages, 50¢

Contents from Galactic Central.

Science Fiction Adventures Dec. 1953

Science Fiction Adventures Dec. 1953

Science Fiction Adventures Vol. 2 No. 1 Dec. 1953
Harry Harrison takes over as editor.

Contents
Harry Harrison: An Editorial on Scolex
C.M. Kornbluth “The Syndic” part 1 of 2 art by Art Sussman
Allan E. Nouse “Consignment” art by Art Sussman
Stephen Arr “The Spy” art by Joseph Dreany
Bob Silverberg’s Fanmag
Mike Lewis “The Tryst” art by Hal Smith
Damon Knight’s The Dissecting Table (book reviews)
Philip K. Dick “The Hanging Stranger” art by Hal Smith
Ad for Sea Stories
Ken Winney “Double Take”
Coming Up
Hal Clement “Ground” art by Mendenhall
The Chart Room (letters)

Editor: Harry Harrison
Assoc. Editor: J. Merkler, John Vincent
Book Editor: Damon Knight
Art Director: Milton Berwin
Cover: Alex Schomberg
160 pages, 35¢

Read Vince Nowell, Sr.’s article “When Things Go Wrong—The Lester del Rey/John Raymond Fiasco” in The Digest Enthusiast book seven.

Rick Ollerman on POV

Mad Dog Barked by Rick Ollerman

“I’ve written in both the third person and the first person, and I’ve enjoyed both. I expected to retain a preference for third person and feel limited by the first, but that turned out not to be the case.

“Since I’ve had readers ask for a sequel to Truth Always Kills and the publisher ask for a sequel to Mad Dog Barked, I think there’s a way to do both in one book even though both of the predecessors were written in the first person. It will require some experimentation, and I truly hope I can do it well enough so that readers either will not notice or not lose patience and stay with it, but I think some terrific scenes can come out of the collision of the two books.”

Excerpted from the interview with Rick Ollerman that appears in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7.