Planet Stories was an American pulp science fiction magazine, published
by Fiction House between 1939 and 1955. It featured adventures in space
and on other planets, and was initially focused on a young readership.
Malcolm Reiss was editor or editor-in-chief for all of its 71 issues. It
was launched at the same time as Fiction House's more successful Planet
Comics. Almost every issue's cover emphasized scantily clad damsels in
distress or alien princesses. Planet Stories did not pay well enough to
regularly attract the leading science fiction writers of the day, but
did on occasion manage to obtain work from well-known names including
Isaac Asimov, Clifford Simak, and Philip K. Dick. The two writers most
identified with the magazine are Leigh Brackett and Ray Bradbury, both
of whom set many of their stories on a romanticized version of Mars that
owed much to the depiction of Barsoom in the works of Edgar Rice
Burroughs. Bradbury contributed an early story in his Martian Chronicles
sequence, and Brackett authored a series of adventures featuring Eric
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A series of celestial phenomena of unknown nature was observed
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The United States ended its "don't ask, don't tell" policy,
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Wiktionary's word of the day:
(poetic) A thin crescent of the moon.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Now and then it occurs to one to reflect upon what slender threads
of accident depend the most important circumstances of his life; to look
back and shudder, realizing how close to the edge of nothingness his
being has come.
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