Saturday, February 19, 2011

Paperback 388: Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy, August, 1955

Paperback 388

Title: Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy (August, 1955)
Authors: Poul Anderson, Henry Kuttner, C.L. Moore, Anthony Boucher, and Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
Cover artist: Ed Emshwiller

Yours for: SOLD!


Best things about this cover:
  • Farmer Ted Goes to Planet Blortron
  • If Norman Rockwell did paintings about interstellar, interspecies sexual confusion, they might look something like this: "Wheeeere are youuuuuu goinnnng!? Youuuuu sed youuuuu luvved meeeeee... Take this hellllmet off riiight nowwww..."
  • I love the highly underrated Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, and I'm pretty sure I bought this magazine ONLY because she had a story in it (she's more an eerie thriller writer than a scifi writer, normally)


Best things about this back cover:
  • Well if Eva Gabor and Guy Lombardo say so, who am I to disagree?
  • Love the font on "IMAGINATION."
  • "Better newsstands" ... ??? "Man, this is one classy newsstand! ... it's got an awning and everything!"

Page 123~

from "The Tiddlywink Warriors" by Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson
Too late, Alex remembered that he had left Toka without a supply of the potent liquor which was so much a part of everyday Hoka life. Whether known as wine, red-eye, rum, grog, uisgebeatha or Old Spaceman, it was always present in wholesale quantities. Now, for the first time, Alex found himself with a bunch who had it not.

When I am a very elderly man, living on some lunar outpost because of nuclear war / End Times, I will drink "Old Spaceman." Proudly.


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DemetriosX said...

Awesome cover by Emshwiller and it does have a very Norman Rockwell vibe. Those celebrity endorsements are fascinating. I wonder how many of them really did read F&SF.

Also, Hokas! Someone ought to reissue those.

borky said...

Cover art: "Hmm, humanoid, I'm not too certain about the sophistication of your contraceptive technology, and even with lubrication I suspect it'll hurt, but - hey! - if you're willing to give me this thing you call 'head' I'm willing to receive it!"

Jane Pickens: "Fantasy and Science Fiction is a magnificent escape, not only from worldly problems, but from all inner tensions."

And there's me thinking you only LOOKED like a professional virgin!

Rex: 'When I am a very elderly man, living on some lunar outpost because of nuckear war/End Times, I will drink "Old Spaceman." Proudly.'

Just so long as you realise it'll quite literally be liquidised old spaceman.

Todd Mason said...

There was no lack of eerie thrillers in THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, since horror is a component of fantasy, and the magazine was always willing to tilt a little more toward fantasy than sf (not "sci-fi" so much). Anthony Boucher being editor at this point, and founding co-editor, set a precedent that stuck with the magazine and continues to stick with it.

JRSM said...

Sanxay Holding is great, 'The Blank Wall' especially. I had no idea she wrote any SF at all!