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  • Science Fiction Plus August  1953
  • Science Fiction Plus August  1953
  • Science Fiction Plus August  1953

Science Fiction Plus August 1953

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Science-Fiction Plus (with a lower-case subtitle: preview of the future) was a science fiction magazine published from Philadelphia by Gernsback Publications, Inc. in 1952-53. With a large bedsheet-size format, it began as a monthly but switched to bi-monthly with the June 1953 issue.

History
With a large bedsheet-size format, it began as a monthly but switched to bi-monthly with the June 1953 issue.

Edited by Hugo Gernsback and Sam Moskowitz, the 68-page magazine sold for 35 cents and ran for eight issues, from November 1952 to December 1953. Not intended as a pulp magazine, it began as a slick printed on quality paper with glossy covers. However, in the course of the run, the paper switched from slick to "book paper".

The lineup of writers included Robert Bloch, Philip Jos?? Farmer, Murray Leinster, Chad Oliver. Clifford D. Simak and James H. Schmitz. It featured the first published story by Anne McCaffrey. Cover illustrations were by Frank R. Paul and Alex Schomburg, with interior illustrations by Muneef Alwan, Seymour Augenbraun, Paul Cooper, Virgil Finlay, Charles Hornstein, Jay Landau, Tom O'Reilly, Frank R. Paul and others.

The first issue had novelettes by Gernsback, Farmer and Donald Howard Menzel, with short stories by John Scott Campbell, Gernsback (as Greno Gashbuck) and Otto Binder, book reviews by Moskowitz and a variety of essays.

In Transformations: The Story of the Science Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970 (2005), historian Mike Ashley questioned the level of quality in Science-Fiction Plus as he outlined the magazine's essential problem:

The emphasis was on the bigger names from science fiction's early years--Eando Binder, John Scott Campbell, Richard Tooker, Raymond Z. Gallun and Harry Bates, most of whom had not contributed much to recent science fiction. This gave the magazine a feeling of archaism despite the glossy appearance... The fact was that the magazine did not appeal to the new generation of readers, and even the older generation found the stories pale against the material in other magazines. There were three worthy stories in Science-Fiction Plus. "Nightmare Planet" by Murray Leinster (June 1953) is an exciting conclusion to his early Argosy series, originally set in the future but transferred to portraying survival on a hostile planet. "Spacebred Generations" by Clifford D. Simak (August 1953) is a cleverly thought through generation starship story. "Strange Compulsion" by Philip Jos?? Farmer (October 1953) is another daring story exploring compulsive incest caused by a parasite. Other stories were variable in quality and some were embarrassingly dated."

The final issue (December 1953) featured stories by Corwin F. Stickney, Murray Leinster, Harry Bates, James H. Schmitz, Frank M. Robinson and Eric Frank Russell. Michael Fischer did the cover story, "Misfit," illustrated by Paul.

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