The Thrill Book was an American pulp magazine published by Street &
Smith in 1919. The first eight issues, edited by Harold Hersey, were a
mixture of adventure and weird stories. Contributors included Greye La
Spina, Charles Fulton Oursler, J. H. Coryell, and Seabury Quinn.
Ronald Oliphant, Hersey's replacement, printed more science fiction and
fantasy, though this included two stories Hersey had purchased from
Murray Leinster. The best-known story from The Thrill Book is The Heads
of Cerberus, a very early example of a novel about alternate time
tracks, by Francis Stevens. Oliphant's larger budget attracted popular
writers such as H. Bedford-Jones, but the magazine ran for only eight
more issues, the last dated October 15, 1919. Historians regard The
Thrill Book as a forerunner of Weird Tales and Amazing Stories, the
first true specialized magazines in the fields of weird fiction and
science fiction, respectively.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thrill_Book>
Today's selected anniversaries:
The United States Congress passed the Mann Act, which
prohibited the interstate transport of females for "immoral purposes".
Second World War: Operation Aerial, an evacuation of nearly
200,000 Allied soldiers from French ports, was completed.
Two cryptographers working for the U.S. National Security
Agency left on vacation to Mexico, and proceeded to defect to the Soviet
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was captured in a cross-border
raid near the Kerem Shalom crossing with the Gaza Strip, and held
hostage by Hamas until 2011.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(informal) To a small extent; in a small amount; rather.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Certainly we ought to be discontented, we ought not simply to
find out ways of making the best of a bad job, and yet if we kill all
pleasure in the actual process of life, what sort of future are we
preparing for ourselves? If a man cannot enjoy the return of spring, why
should he be happy in a labour-saving Utopia? What will he do with the
leisure that the machine will give him?
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