Two Complete Science-Adventure Books

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US Pulp magazine, thrice yearly, eleven issues, Winter 1950 to Spring 1954, published by Wings Publishing Co. New York, a subsidiary of Fiction House; edited by Jerome Bixby (Winter 1950-Summer 1951), Malcolm Reiss (Winter 1951-Summer 1953) and Katharine Daffron (Winter 1953-Spring 1954). Issues numbered #1-#11.

A companion magazine to Planet Stories, Two Complete Science-Adventure Books was originally intended to reprint recently published sf novels in cheap magazine format: #1 contained Isaac Asimov's Pebble in the Sky (1950) and L Ron Hubbard's novella "The Kingslayer" (title story of The Kingslayer, coll 1949), seeking to keep readers from shifting to the steadily growing paperback market. This policy proved impossible to sustain; although there were a few more reprints, the majority of subsequent stories were original. These included: Arthur C Clarke's "The Seeker of the Sphinx" (Spring 1951; vt "The Road to the Sea" in Tales of Ten Worlds coll 1962); James Blish's "Sword of Xota" (Summer 1951; 1953 as The Warriors of Day) and "Sargasso of Lost Cities" (Spring 1953), one of his Okie series; L Sprague de Camp's "The Tritonian Ring" (Winter 1951; title story of The Tritonian Ring coll 1953); and John Brunner's first (acknowledged) story, "The Wanton of Argus" as by K Houston Brunner (Summer 1953; 1963 as The Space-Time Juggler chap dos as John Brunner). Two Complete Science-Adventure Books did not contain any editorial matter and was unusual among pulp sf magazines in seldom printing readers' letters. [MJE]

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