Amazing Selects: Edmond Hamilton’s Captain Future in 1,500 Light Years from Home [#4 March 2021] (Experimenter Publishing, $8.99, 219pp, tpb) Table of Contents 1 • Author’s Note • Allen Steele • 5 • Interlude: Beneath Tycho • Allen Steele • 17 • 1,500 Light Years from Home • Allen Steele • n 168 • Capt. Future Meets Gilbert & Sullivan • S. and V. Schultheis, edited by Allen M. Steele • pl 203 • About the Author • Allen M. Steele • bg 206 • About the Artist (cover) • Jon Eno • bg 207 • About the Artist (interior) • M.D. • bg
New Releases Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2020 Contents Steve Darnall “Hello, Out There in Radioland!” Steve Darnall “Reflections of a Golden Age” (cover story) Dan McGuire “At This Theatre Next Week” Chapter Four Jordan Elliott “Man and Superman” (Clayton Collyer) Clair Schulz “Smilin’ Through” (Pegy Lynch) Walter Scannell “This Ladd for Hire” (Alan Ladd) Wayne Klatt “Pleasant Screams” (radio’s scary shows) Alex Udvary “Hollywood Madmen” (Clark & McCullogh) Stone Wallace “Prince of Players” (Raymond Massey) Mail Call Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre
Nostalgia Digest Book 46 Chapter 4 Autumn 2020 Editor: Steve Darnall Cover: Mark Braun 5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior $4.50 on newsstands Four-issue subscription $17 Eight-issue subscription $30 Nostalgia Digest website
Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Sep/Oct 2020 Contents Page Linda Landrigan: A Word of Thanks The Lineup Elliot F. Sweeney “Mrs. White Hart” art by Kimberly Cho Dan Crawford “Storage” Jane Pendjiky “Fruiting Bodies” Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “The Handoff” Christopher Latragna “Call it Sad, Call it Funny” Sharon Jarvis “Who Killed What’s Her Name?” Laurel Flores Fantauzzo: Booked and Printed James Sallis “The Beauty of Sunsets” Wouter Boonstra “Archored” translated from the Dutch by Josh Pachter Steven Gore “Inflection” art by Daniel Zalkus Mark Lagasse: Scrambled Hitch (puzzle, solution on page 192) Arlene Fisher: Dying Words (acrostic puzzle, solution on page 192) Richard Freeborn “Family Harmony” John Paul Davies “Limited Edition” Dave Zeltserman “Past Due” art by Kevin Speidell Michael Nethercott “Old Echoes” Tom Larsen “Buscando Tupac” Bob Tippee “You Said This Was Business” Josh Pachter selects/introduces a Mystery Classic: “Thubway Tham’s Hoodoo Roll” by Johnston McCulley (Detective Story Magazine Nov. 12, 1921) Lee Lofland’s Case File: Excited Delirium The Story That Won (May/Jun) “Never a Dull Moment in the Kitchen” by Rosemary Herbert Coming in AHMM Nov/Dec 2020 Directory of Services/Indicia
Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 65 No. 9 & 10 Sep/Oct 2020 Publisher: Peter Kanter Editor: Linda Landrigan Managing Editor: Jackie Sherbow Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon Senior ADs: Victoria Green, Thomas Slosser Cover: Erika Steiskal 192 pages $7.99 on newsstands until Oct. 20, 2020 Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine website
Amazing Selects No. 3: Adrift in the Sea of Souls by David Gerrold Contents Page Adam-Troy Castro’s Introduction: The Sprung Chicken Steve Davidson’s Publisher’s Note: David Gerrold David Gerrold “Adrift in the Sea of Souls” David Gerrold “The White Piano” David Gerrold “Jacob in Manhattan” Author’s Afterword About the Author Art the Artist: M.D. Jackson
Also out is Mystery Weekly Magazine Sep. 2020, with stories by Nick LeGrand, Edward Lodi, Joseph S. Walker, Benjamin Mark, William Burton McCormick, Shea E. Butler, Stan Dryer, and Eric B. Rurark. Available in print $7.99 and Kindle $3.99
Storytime Charlie Cancel’s “R/amitheasshole Posted by Tammy Whammy 2 Hours Ago” at Pulp Modern Flash.
Josh Pachter reads his “The Secret Lagoon” from EQMM Sep/Oct 2019 at Podomatic.
Zine Scene Jim Main’sBrain Freeze No. 5 was released this week. Its contributor list is too long to re-create here, but includes TDE illustrator Rick McCollum. The 52-page zine is available for $6.25 post paid from: Main Enterprises PO Box 93 New Milford, CT 06776
TDE Contributors’ Corner Jack Seabrook and Peter Enfantino review The Brave and the Bold No. 167, Batman No. 328, and Detective No. 495 at bare•bones e-zine.
Richard Kellogg sent a press release for his new book: Barry Baskerville’s Christmas Mystery (Airship 27, 2020) by Richard Kellogg and lavishly illustrated by Gary Kato, is now available from Amazon.com. In the seventh entry of this series of mysteries for children, Barry uses all his skills of observation and deduction to identify a thief who has been stealing Christmas trees from the lawns of the residents of Watsonville. Young readers will learn about the methods used by Sherlock Holmes while improving their own problem-solving skills. Sherlockians will find the book a great holiday gift for their children and grandchildren.
Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project—Harold Swanton Part Seven: Bang! You’re Dead at bare•bones e-zine.
Readin’ and Writin’ Alec Cizak offers creative writing tips on plotting at ACTV.
Did a fair about of reading this week, but didn’t finish any one of the books or digests currently in play. More next week.
Finished retouching the pages of Head No. 1 for Marc Myer’s upcoming Roman Scott collection.
This week’s progress on TDE13: Steve Carper sent nearly a dozen cover scans for his upcoming article on digest SF novels. Jack Seabrook tapped Walker Martin for help securing the final images from Mystery Book Magazine No. 16, for Jack’s article on Leo Marr. And the color work on Bob Vojtko’s six gag cartoons was completed. Four will appear on one page I’ve dubbed “Zowie” in tribute to the Lopez digest magazine from the 1970s.
Our current issue: The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print at Lulu.com and Amazon, and in digital formats at Kindle Books and Magzter.
Vintage Science Fiction Digest Galaxy Aug. 1977 Inside front cover by James R. Odbert Contents Page Calendar James Patrick Bean’s Editorial: Galaxy and the Galaxy Harbert Charles Petley “…and Earth So Far Away” art by Stephen Fabian Frederik Pohl: Postscript to Gateway Charles Sheffield “Perfectly Safe, Nothing to Worry About” Jerry Pournelle, PhD: A Step Farther Out (science fact) Frank Herbert “The Dosadi Experiment” Richard E. Geis: The Alien Viewpoint art by Tim Kirk Arsen Darnay “Pheromonal Fountain” Spider Robinson: Galaxy Bookshelf Jay Brandon “The All-Soul is Calling Quinlan” art by Stephen Fabian Directions (letter pages) Galaxy/If SF Mart (classified ads)
Galaxy Science Fiction Vol 38 No. 6 August 1977 Publisher: Arnold E. Abramson Editor: James Patrick Baen Art Director: Stephen Fabian Assistant Editor: Elaine Will Science Editor: J.E. Pournelle, PhD Contributing Editor: Spider Robinson Consulting Editor: Theodore Sturgeon Cover: Kelly Freas 5.25” x 7.75” 160 pages $1.25
New Release Amazing Selects: The Guns of Pluto by Allen Steele (Captain Future) Contents Page Paul Di Filippo’s Newton’s Laws of Thrills (Introduction) Steve Davidson: Publisher’s Introduction Who is Captain Future? Interlude: Marshall Gurney Reports Allen Steele “The Guns of Pluto” (The Return of Ul Quorn, Book II) Edmond Hamilton “The Harpers of Titan” About the Author: Allen Steele About the Creator: Edmond Hamilton About the Cover Artist: Renon Boe About the Interior Artist: M.D. Jackson About the Comet II Artist: Rob Caswell 5.5” x 8.5” 205 pages Print $8.99 Kindle $8.99 Amazing Stories website
Digest Magazine Reviews Victoria Silverwolf reviews Worlds of Tomorrow Sept 1965 at Galactic Journey.
Digest Magazines and Authors Art Taylor’s new e-newsletter is out.
John Floyd writes about his story “Crow’s Nest” from EQMM Jan/Feb 2020 at The First Two Pages. (Thanks, Kevin Tipple.)
Peter Wood examines apocalyptic fiction, while his story “Why I’ll Never Get Tenure” appears in Asimov’s Jul/Aug 2020, at From Earth to the Stars.
Josh Pachter recalls Espionage Magazine with Jeff Quest on the Spybrary Podcast.
Storytime Hector Acosta’s “La Cocinera” at Rusty Barnes’Tough Crime.
Barb Goffman reports Art Taylor’s story “Restoration,” originally published in Crime Syndicate Magazine is available free at Black Cat Mystery.
Alec Cizak reads his story “The Bag Girl” from Tough 2 at ACTV.
TDE Contributors’ Corner Michael Neno, who drew the illustration for Rick Ollerman’s story “Sock Monster” for The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 posted his thoughts on the issue and awarded it a five-star rating on GoodReads. Thanks, Michael!
The issue also garnered a five-star rating from Steve Alcorn on Amazon.com. Thank you, Steve!
As long as I seem to be grouping all the TDE12 updates here, I’m also grateful to James Reasoner for his kind words at Rough Edges.
Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Vampirella No. 19 & 20, Eerie No. 42 & 43, and Creepy No. 48 & 49 at bare•bones e-zine.
Steve Carper takes a deep dive into Space Kit. That’s right, your very own chunk of space in a box! Get all the answers at Flying Cars and Food Pills.
Readin’ and Writin’ David Lovelock created a story outline grid based on the Advanced Fiction Writing class at Writing Academy.
Gods of their own making. A book I picked up years ago because it sounded interesting was Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green. At long last, I finished reading it this week. The prologue explains the ancient civilization was “the most self-contained of all the countries of the ancient world; it lived its own life, practiced its own religion and made up its own stories…”
First conquered by the Greeks, and then the Romans, many of Egypt’s stories were lost. Those that survived were hidden in its hieroglyphs, rediscovered in more modern times. The stories in this collection were carved on tablets or painted on papyrus by Egyptians or preserved by Greek historians.
But all were recorded by or for the pleasure of the ruling class, and reflect their narrow perspectives. There are peasants included, but none rise above their station unless gifted with uncommon beauty or prophecy. The slaves who built the great pyramids and temples pass through unseen.
These stories and fables provide a fascinating glimpse into ancient Egyptian history and culture as perceived by those who benefited most. A single line repeated again and again throughout the stories and reigns, the first words uttered in the presence of a Pharaoh, “Life, health, and strength be to you!” speaks volumes.
Finished listening to the audio book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, with a forward by Michael Eric Dyson. The book defines white privilege and advises us that eradicating systemic racism is a continuum for American society and every individual white person who benefits from it. The book increased my understanding of its topics. I think its reviews and ratings on amazon tell a story of their own. Ratings (7-21-20) 70% 5-Star, 8% 4-Star, 3% 3-Star, 2% 2-Star, and 17% 1-Star.
Also, finished reading the Jul/Aug 2020 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction. It’s a satisfying collection of stories spanning the breadth of its territory. Some light and humorous, some deep and sombre. All well written. Since I prefer action/adventure fiction my favorites lean in that direction; those by David Erik Nelson, Bennett North, Madeleine Robins, and Brian Trent. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the balance. Taken as a collection, the variety adds to the overall strength and enjoyment of the issue.
Read all about Lester del Rey’s “Five Ages of Science Fiction” by Vince Nowell, Sr. in The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 available at Lulu.com in print and in digital format at Kindle and Magzter.
Vintage Crime Digest Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Nov. 1964 Contents Page Brett Halliday “Death in Cell Five” (Mike Shayne) Alson J. Smith “The Name of the Game” Walter Dallas “Killer in the Bleachers” Morris Hershman “Chicken Contest” Dennis Lynds “No Loose Ends” Maurice Leblanc “The Escape of Arsene Lupin” James Holding “The Spook Goes West” Carroll Mayers “One Hour for Crime”
Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol. 15 No. 6 Nov. 1964 Publisher: Leo Margulies Editorial Director: Cylvia Kleinman Associate Editor: Frank B. Long 5.5” x 7.75” 144 pages 50¢
The new Mystery Weekly Magazine Feb. 2020 was released on the first. Included are stories by Arthur Davis, Jeff H., Jill Hand, Anthony Lowe, Susan Oleksiw, Eric B. Ruark, and Michael Wells. MWM is edited by Kerry Carter and published by Chuck Carter. Cover by Robin Grenville-Evans. The 82-page print edition is $6.99, Kindle $2.99.
Tony Gleeson and I connected on Facebook, which led to an interview that will be included in The Digest Enthusiast No. 12. He sent a nice collection of scans, so his comments will be well illustrated.
I read the first edition of Amazing Selects this week, featuring Allen Steele’s novella “Captain Future in Love.” It’s the first part of a larger story: The Return of Ul Quorn, which is the follow-on to his novel Avengers of the Moon. Look for my review in TDE12, coming in June 2020.
Also coming up is a piece on Ray Palmer’sScience Stories, an interim title that ran for four issues after he sold his interest in Clark Publishing which had published Other Worlds. It is, in effect, a short-lived continuation of that title.
The mailing of contributor copies of TDE11 wrapped up this week, and Michael Neno gave us a shoutout on Facebook. Michael contributed a beautiful illustration for the late Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s story “Zymurgy for Aliens.”
Collectors of comics and digest magazines may want to check out by storefront in eBay: Arkay37’s Vintage Collectables If I do say so myself, the prices are bargains.
From the Vault True Crime Detective Fall 1952
The inside front cover features a full-page ad for the magazine with actor Ralph Bellamy extolling it’s virtues.
“The many detective parts I’ve played have naturally made me somewhat of a student of criminology. For a long time I wished for a magazine that would present true crime cases in a straight-forward, exciting way—but without sensationalism and trick photography. When True Crime Detective came along I knew I had my wish!”
True Crime Detective Vol. 2 No. 4 Fall 1952 Contents Page The Borderlands of Sanity: —Miriam Allen deFord “1. The Case of Leopold and Loeb” —Anthony Boucher “2. The Case of Neville Heath” Joseph Henry Jackson “Give a Man a Horse” Frank Mullady “Murderers on the Loose” Edward D. Radin: Here’s the Answer (readers’ crime-related Q&A) Janet Flanner “The Murder in Le Mans” Lenore Glen Offord “The Red Barn Revisited” Edgar Lustgarten “The Trial of William Herbert Wallace”
Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak Editors: Anthony Boucher, J. Francis McComas General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills Advisory Editor: Charles Angoff Consulting Editor: Edward D. Radin Art Director: George Salter Cover: Dirone Photography from “The Case of Neville Heath” 5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢