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Monthly Archives: April 2011

“Scandal in the 4th Dimension” by A.R. Long (1934)

Unlike the last two stories I’ve posted, this one is much shorter and is a humorous piece. One of the first prominent women authors to contribute to the SF pulps, Amelia Reynolds Long was a gifted author, possessing both imagination and wit in generous amounts. The delightful little story that follows has only ever appeared once, in Astounding, and has never been reprinted since.

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“Something From Jupiter” by Dow Elstar (Raymond Z. Gallun) (1938)

Last week featured R. DeWitt Miller’s story “The Master Shall Not Die!” which appeared in the March 1938 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. This week features the cover story from that same issue, the highly imaginative “Something From Jupiter” by the celebrated author Raymond Z. Gallun. For this story he used his “Dow Elstar” pseudonym, which was used only a handful of times in his career. This story, like Miller’s, has only been published once in magazine form, and never again since.

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“The Master Shall Not Die!” by R. DeWitt Miller (1938)

Story time! Obscure author Richard DeWitt Miller contributed a mere handful of stories to Astounding Science Fiction during the late 1930s. The story reproduced below is one of my favorite SF stories. Entitled “The Master Shall Not Die!” it deals rather ingeniously with the themes of immortality and utopia. It dates from the March 1938 issue, and as far as I know it has never been reprinted since.

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