Future Science Fiction and Science Fiction Stories were two American
magazines published under various names between 1939 and 1943 and again
from 1950 to 1960. Both publications were edited by Charles Hornig for
the first few issues; Robert W. Lowndes took over in late 1941, and
remained editor until the end. The initial launch of the magazines came
as part of a boom in science fiction pulp magazine publishing at the end
of the 1930s, but in 1943 wartime paper shortages ended their run. In
the 1950s, with the market improving again, both magazines were
relaunched. Lowndes set a friendly and engaging tone in the magazines,
with letter columns and reader departments that interested fans. He was
successful in obtaining good stories partly because he had good
relationships with several well-known and emerging writers. Among the
stories he published were "The Liberation of Earth" by William Tenn and
"If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth" by Arthur C. Clarke.
Today's selected anniversaries:
The Great New England Hurricane made landfall on Long Island,
New York, killing an estimated 682 people and injuring 1,754 others.
Second World War: The German Army began the Massacre of the
Acqui Division on the Greek island of Cephalonia, executing 5,155
Italian soldiers by 26 September.
Portugal accepted a Rhodesian mission in Lisbon despite
objections by Britain, which had required its colony to implement
democratic majority rule as a condition of independence.
Unidentified gunmen began a three-day attack on the upmarket
Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, resulting in the deaths of 67
people with at least another 175 wounded.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
One who describes a utopia.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
There is, though I do not know how there is or why there is, a
sense of infinite peace and protection in the glittering hosts of
heaven. There it must be, I think, in the vast and eternal laws of
matter, and not in the daily cares and sins and troubles of men, that
whatever is more than animal within us must find its solace and its
--H. G. Wells