Cabinet 14: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Douglas West, Dead Weight in Authentic Science Fiction Monthly. London: Hamilton and Co., March 1957. Pulp Literature Special Collections PN6120.95.S33 A97
The Healer in Astounding Science Fiction. Australian ed. London, January 1957. Pulp Literature Special Collections PN6120.95.S33 A87
In the 1950s and 60s, Australian sci-fi readers were inundated with imported sci-fi magazines, many appearing in digest form held together by staples or glued square-backs and carrying superlatives like ‘Astounding’ and ‘Authentic’. Some were British like this issue of Authentic Science Fiction, edited by E. C. Tubb, who, when given the job, was told: ‘As you’re practically writing it, you may as well edit it.’ Astounding Science Fiction was American and featured published ‘heavyweights’ like E. Van Vogt, Eric Frank Russell, L. Ron Hubbard, and Robert A. Heinlein. ‘The Healer’ issue is the Australian edition. And although Science Fiction Monthly was published by Atlas in Melbourne between 1955 and 1957, it also carried overseas stories such as Simpson, by Philip Latham, whose real name was Robert Shirley Richardson, an American astronomer.