Friday, January 22, 2010

"Amazing Stories", Vol 1 No 1 (April 1926) (ed Hugo Gernsback) (magazine, free): Annotated table of contents

Cover image of the inaugural issue of Amazing Stories magazine, April 1926. It depicts a scene from the story Off on a Comet - or Hector Servadac by Jules Verne. Saturn and its rings in a close-up view are silhouetted against the sky.Scans of this magazine in CBZ format are online as part of a larger package.

This inaugural issue of Amazing Stories also happens to be the inaugural issue of the first magazine ever, dedicated exclusively to science fiction. I suppose that makes it a collector's item!

It includes at least a few reprints. I'm not sure if there is at least some original fiction here; ToC page doesn't enlighten on the subject in an obvious way.

Where I'm aware of alternate download links for individual stories, I include that too.

Table of contents.

  1. [reprint, translation] [serial - part 1/2] Jules Verne's "Off on a Comet - or Hector Servadac"; download: "The scientific probabilities of the universe beyond our earth".

    Not read.
  2. H G Wells' "The New Accelerator"; download collection that includes this story.

    Not read.
  3. G Peyton Wertenbaker's "The Man from the Atom"; download: "the growth of a man to cosmic dimensions... his strange sensations... the picture of his emotions & despair."

    Not read.
  4. George Allen England's "The Thing from - Outside": "If we can take insects & put them upon the dissecting table in order to study their anatomy, is there a good reason why some super-Intelligence cannot do the same thing with us humans?"

    Did this story inspire William Tenn's "Of Men & Monsters"?

    Not read.
  5. Austin Hall's "The Man Who Saved the Earth": "his horror at the Frankenstein which he had unloosed, & ... his wild efforts to save humanity, & of the loss of the cosmic discoveries of the little newsboy grown up to be a great scientist."

    Not read.
  6. Edgar Allan Poe's "The Facts in the Case of Mr Valdemar"; download: "gruesome story" involving "the higher philosophy & the future world."

    Not read.


  1. Fiction from Amazing Stories.
  2. Works of or about Hugo Gernsback (including fiction he wrote).
  3. Fiction originally published during 1920s.
  4. "pulp" magazines.
Note: I normally update list-posts like this when I read a story, discover new download links, etc. This page was last updated 22 January 2010.


lartronics said...

For more information on Hugo Gernsback check out a new biography available on Amazon.

The document was found by me when we closed down Gernsback Publications in 2003. It was an old ms that I edited and produced as a book.

Follow the link and you can go to the book and thanks to Amazon’s “look inside” feature, you can even get an idea of what it covers.

Hope you find it interesting.

The book is also available as an E-book for the Kindle or your PC or Mac at Amazon.

For more information feel free to contact me, Larry Steckler, at

Tinkoo said...

Larry: This is your third comment here with this same identical text. We've learned about the book you're promoting, thanks; you don't have to add it to every post that has Gernsback's name in it. But please don't add this comment again here. Thank you.