Planet Stories was a popular SF magazine primarily aimed at young pulp readers. Total 71 issues of the magazine were published between 1939 and 1955. Some of the top science fiction writers of the time including Leigh Brackett, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, and Ray Bradbury wrote regularly for Planet Stories.
The content focussed on interplanetary adventures and sword & sorcery stories. Quite a few stories from Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles were first published on Planet Stories. The “Letters to the Editor” column was called “The Vizigraph”. It was a pretty colourful page with interesting letters from readers as well as established writers like Robert Silverberg.
Planet Stories featured some of the most amazing SF artwork of the time. Enigmatic spaceships, scantily clad damsels in distress, deadly villains, alien princesses in alien worlds made up a perfect escapist landscape. Acclaimed artists like Frank Paul, Hannes Bok, Kelly Freas, and Alexander Leydenfrost worked on Planet Stories’ interior artwork and cover.
With a final issue in the summer of 1955, Planet Stories closed down due to serious recession in the pulp market.
Many scholars translated the works of Jules Verne into English, but the single most prolific effort came from I.O. Evans. His translations, known as Fitzroy Edition of Jules Verne, comprised of sixty eight volumes and were highly successful commercially. It can be argued that modern annotated translations of Verne are more scholarly, but the Herculean effort of Evans is truly admirable.
Fitzroy Editions published by Ace had some great cover art. Here are a few samples:
Yet another knockout idea from some insane web artist.
What if your favorite science fiction movies were old Pan Paperbacks? How would they look as worn out books? Well, check out the examples below.
This is the brainchild of concept artist Tim Anderson. Click here to visit his blog.
When Capsules appear in the sky and land on Earth, people get confused. Next, gigantic, metallic creatures with tentacles creep out of the capsules and launch a devastating campaign against the inhabitants of the planet with heat rays and deadly vapours. Looks like Martians seek revenge for the havoc John Carter wrecked on Barsoom.
The Grandpa of all alien invasion sagas — H.G Wells’ The War of the Worlds — follows the story of an unnamed protagonist living in England. As Martians launch metallic cylinders to take over good old Earth, our hero struggles to survive and protect his family. Of course, the Martians lose the battle, but not before a tense, exciting, and long fight.
Though the concept might sound dated, but actually the book would appear surprisingly modern to any reader. And the epic story leaves a grand impression on you.
Certainly better than the wretched movie that Spielberg and Cruise made out of it.
Download H.G Wells’ The War of the Worlds ebook (PDF):
The image you are looking at is a screenshot of my desktop. It’s an ultimate minimalistic design, but suffices for me. I’ve the necessary programs pinned to the taskbar (which includes the desktop folder, Chrome, Firefox, my music, my movies etc.). The desktop icons are hidden; Rocket Dock at the upper right corner has My Computer and Recycle Bin. The clock and system icons are Rainmeter applications. And can you recognize the wallpaper? It is a poster of the vintage SF film Forbidden Planet (1956).
Do you like my desktop? What does your desktop look like?