Beyond Fantasy Fiction was a US fantasy fiction magazine edited by H. L.
Gold, of which only ten issues were published, from 1953 to 1955. Although
not a commercial success, it included several significant short stories by
distinguished authors, such as Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Philip K.
Dick. The publication has been described by critics as a successor to the
tradition of Unknown, a fantasy magazine that folded in 1943 and was noted
for printing fantasy with a rational basis, such as stories about werewolves
with a scientific explanation. A selection of stories from Beyond was
published in paperback form in 1963, also under the title Beyond. James
Gunn, a historian of science fiction, regarded the magazine as the best of
the fantasy magazines launched in the early 1950s, and science fiction
encyclopediast Donald H. Tuck felt it printed very good material. Not every
critic felt Beyond was completely successful, however; P. Schuyler Miller,
in a 1963 review, commented that the stories were most successful when they
did not try to emulate Unknown.
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Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi discovered the dwarf planet Ceres, naming
it after the Roman goddess of growing plants.
The Kingdom of Ireland formally merged with the Kingdom of Great Britain,
adding St. Patrick's saltire to the Union Flag.
As a result of the lobbying efforts by the Abolitionist Movement, the
importation of slaves into the United States was officially banned.
The British colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia,
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The World Trade Organization, the international organization designed to
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Wiktionary's word of the day:
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What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who
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us also the creative impulse. --E. M. Forster