Imagination was an American fantasy and science fiction magazine
launched in October 1950 by Raymond Palmer's Clark Publishing Company.
The magazine was sold almost immediately to Greenleaf Publishing
Company, owned by William Hamling, who published and edited it from the
third issue, February 1951, for the rest of the magazine's life.
Hamling launched a sister magazine, Imaginative Tales, in 1954; both
ceased publication at the end of 1958 in the aftermath of major changes
in US magazine distribution due to the liquidation of American News
Company. The magazine was more successful than most of the numerous
science fiction titles launched in the late 1940s and early 1950s,
lasting a total of 63 issues. Despite this success, the magazine had a
reputation for low-quality space opera and adventure fiction, and
modern historians refer to it in dismissive terms. Hamling consciously
adopted an editorial policy oriented toward entertainment, asserting in
an early issue that "science fiction was never meant to be an
educational tour de force". Few of the stories from Imagination have
received recognition, but it did publish Robert Sheckley's first
professional sale, "Final Examination", in the May 1952 issue, and also
printed fiction by Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein and John Wyndham.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
William the Conqueror and his fleet of around 600 ships landed at
Pevensey, Sussex, beginning the Norman conquest of England.
Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, the first European to
travel along the coast of California, landed on what is now the City of
Scottish biologist and pharmacologist Alexander Fleming noticed a
bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what
became known as penicillin.
Pope John Paul I died only 33 days after his papal election due to an
apparent myocardial infarction, an event that has spawned a variety of
murder conspiracy theories.
Over 30 mercenaries led by Bob Denard landed on the Comoros in an
attempted coup, his fourth one on the African island nation since 1975.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. An external or internal rib or rim, used either to add strength or
to hold something in place.
2. The projecting edge of a rigid or semi-rigid component
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I don't think there's anything exceptional or noble in being
philanthropic. It's the other attitude that confuses me.
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