Tales of Wonder was a British science fiction magazine launched in 1937
with Walter Gillings as editor, published by a subsidiary of William
Heinemann. Gillings was able to attract some good material, and
included many reprints from US science fiction magazines. Arthur C.
Clarke (pictured) made his first professional sale to Tales of Wonder,
with two science articles. Gillings also published William F. Temple's
first story, some early material by John Wyndham, and "The Prr-r-eet" by
Eric Frank Russell. American writers who appeared in the magazine
included Murray Leinster, Jack Williamson, Lloyd Arthur Eshbach, and S.
P. Meek. With the advent of World War II, paper shortages and
Gillings's call-up into the army made it increasingly difficult to
continue, and the sixteenth issue, dated Spring 1942, was the last.
Tales of Wonder was the first British science fiction magazine aimed at
an adult market, and its success made it apparent that a British science
fiction magazine could survive.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tales_of_Wonder_%28magazine%29>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English
Channel, completing the journey in approximately 21 hours and 40
Second World War: Soviet, British and other Commonwealth armed
forces invaded Iran to secure oil fields and ensure Allied supply lines
for the USSR.
The Voyager 2 spacecraft made its closest approach to Neptune
and provided definitive proof of the existence of the planet's rings
American singer Aaliyah and several members of her record
company were killed when their overloaded aircraft crashed shortly after
takeoff from Marsh Harbour Airport in the Bahamas.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
Inspiring affection or love, often in a childlike way.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I think it's a very confused culture. On the one hand, no one is
better than anyone else; no one is prettier. On the other hand, everyone
is completely obsessed by their looks and by how they strike the world.
On the one hand, we're all equal; on the other hand, everyone's a
superstar. It's all very irrational, like all ideology.
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