Fantastic Novels was an American science fiction and fantasy pulp
magazine published by the Munsey Company of New York from 1940 to 1941,
and by Popular Publications from 1948 to 1951. It was launched as a
bimonthly companion magazine to Famous Fantastic Mysteries in response
to heavy demand for book-length reprints of stories from pulp magazines
such as Amazing Stories and Argosy. It ran science fiction and fantasy
classics from earlier decades, including novels by A. Merritt, George
Allan England, Victor Rousseau and others, and occasionally published
reprints of more recent work, such as Earth's Last Citadel by Henry
Kuttner and C. L. Moore. There were five issues in the magazine's first
incarnation and another twenty in the revived version from Popular
Publications, along with seventeen Canadian and two British reprints.
Mary Gnaedinger edited both series; her interest in reprinting Merritt's
work helped make him one of the better-known fantasy writers of the era.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
During a jousting match, Gabriel Montgomery of the Garde
Écossaise mortally wounded King Henry II of France, piercing him in the
eye with his lance.
French acrobat Charles Blondin crossed Niagara Gorge on a
tightrope, turning him into one of the world's most famous tightrope
London's Tower Bridge, a combined bascule and suspension bridge
over the River Thames, opened.
The Royal Canadian Mint introduced the Canadian one-dollar
coin, commonly known as the Loonie.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
One who is unhappy, or extols being miserable as a virtue; a philosopher
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Evil grows and bears fruit, which is understandable, because it
has logic and probability on its side and also, of course, strength. The
resistance of tiny kernels of good, to which no one grants the power of
causing far-reaching consequences, is entirely mysterious, however. Such
seeming nothingness not only lasts but contains within itself enormous
energy which is revealed gradually.