Saturday, November 20, 2010

"Cavalcade", Vol 14 No 3 (August 1951) (ed Jack Pearson) (magazine, free): Annotated table of contents

Cover of Australian magazine Cavalcade, August 1951 issue
Scans of this magazine in CBR format are online as part of a larger package.

"Insect Amber" must be among the most obscure of science fiction's important stories; Google cannot find a single match for it! Before reading it, I'd not realized that Michael Crichton's "Jurassic Park" is descended in a very important way from John Campbell's "Who Goes There?" (download); this story, in some sense, provides the missing link between them. And, of course, now I know that the Jurassic Park's idea of mining monsters off insects trapped in ancient amber goes at least as far back as this story.

Note fiction is only one part of this Australian magazine; it also has large sections titled "Fact" & "Features"; I cover only fiction below. And has some erotic imaginary, including occasional nudity. I've seen at least one story by C M Kornbluth in one of the issues. At least the titles of many other stories in various issues suggests science fiction must be regular fare here, though majority of stories are probably non-genre.

Table of contents. 

  1. Benson Dolling's "Insect Amber" (B): "The South American didn't guess what grotesque horrors the amber seed held."
  2. James Preston's "First Watch": "It was quiet...much too quiet as the rookie warden walked along the cells".
  3. Cedric R Mentiplay's "Winner Take All": "When you've made a kill at baccarat & your friends run out on you...what?"
  4. Bill Morgan's "Crime Slips a Cog": "Even an assembly belt isn't efficient enough to make murder run with perfect smoothness".
  5. Stallard Jones' "Finger the Phantom": It's listed in ToC but there is no text of it in the magazine! At least not on or near the page number ToC points to.

See also.

  1. Fiction from old "pulp" magazines.
  2. Fiction from 1950s.