Amazing Stories is an American science fiction magazine first launched
in April 1926 by Hugo Gernsback's Experimenter Publishing, and
continuing since 2012 as an online magazine. As the first magazine that
ran only science fiction stories, it helped define a new genre of pulp
fiction, and science fiction fandom traces its beginnings to the
letters-to-the-editor columns in Amazing and its competitors.
Gernsback's initial editorial approach was to blend instruction with
entertainment; he believed science fiction could educate readers, but
his audience rapidly showed a preference for implausible adventures. The
magazine was published, with some interruptions, for almost eighty
years, going through a half-dozen owners and many editors, including
Raymond A. Palmer, as it struggled to be profitable. Amazing was
nominated for the Hugo Award three times in the 1970s during Ted White's
tenure as editor. Several owners attempted to create a modern
incarnation of the magazine, but the print publication was suspended
after the March 2005 issue.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazing_Stories>
Today's selected anniversaries:
French astronomer Charles Messier discovered the Whirlpool
Galaxy, an interacting, grand design spiral galaxy located at a distance
of approximately 15–35 million light-years in the constellation Canes
Prince Arthur, a son of Queen Victoria, became the first
Governor General of Canada of royal descent, as well as the first Prince
of Great Britain and Ireland to hold that position.
The Soviet republics of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and
Georgia signed the Treaty of Kars with the Grand National Assembly of
Turkey to establish the contemporary borders between Turkey and the
South Caucasus states.
Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashed into a remote area in
the Andes mountains near the border of Chile and Argentina; the
remaining 16 survivors were not rescued until December 23.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (transitive) To clean, polish, or wash something by rubbing and
scrubbing it vigorously, frequently with an abrasive or cleaning agent.
2. (transitive) To remove debris and dirt by purging; to sweep along or
off (by a current of water).
3. (transitive, veterinary medicine) To clear the digestive tract by
administering medication that induces defecation or vomiting; to purge.
4. (transitive, intransitive, veterinary medicine) To (cause livestock
to) suffer from diarrhoea or dysentery.
5. (transitive, obsolete) To cleanse (without rubbing).
Wikiquote quote of the day:
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shaming of intellectuals and religious leaders who dare to speak their
minds, and then I tell you that I’m from Saudi Arabia, are you
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