[Daily article] March 10: Amazing Stories Quarterly

Amazing Stories Quarterly was a U.S. science fiction pulp magazine
published from 1928 to 1934. Launched by Hugo Gernsback as a companion
to his Amazing Stories, the first science fiction magazine, it premiered
with a reprint of H.G. Wells’ When the Sleeper Wakes in the Winter 1928
issue. Over the next five issues only one more reprint appeared:
Gernsback’s own novel Ralph 124C 41+, in the Winter 1929 issue. He went
bankrupt in early 1929, and lost control of both publications; his
assistant, T. O’Conor Sloane, took over as editor. The magazine began
having financial difficulties in 1932, and the schedule became
irregular; the last issue was dated Fall 1934. Authors whose work
appeared in Amazing Stories Quarterly include Stanton A. Coblentz, Miles
J. Breuer, A. Hyatt Verrill, and Jack Williamson. Critical opinions
differ; Everett Bleiler considers few of the stories to be of acceptable
quality, but Milton Wolf and Mike Ashley regard the work Sloane
published in the early 1930s to be some of the best in the new genre.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


The last in a series of letters was written wherein Britain
would support Arab independence from the Ottoman Empire in return for
launching a revolt.


Facing likely electoral defeat, former Cuban President
Fulgencio Batista staged a coup d’état to resume control.


Vietnam War/Laotian Civil War: North Vietnamese and Pathet Lao
forces overwhelmed the American, Laotian, Thai, and Hmong defenders of
Lima Site 85.


The Nasdaq Composite stock market index peaked at 5048.62, the
high point of the dot-com boom.


The New York Times revealed that Governor of New York Eliot
Spitzer had used a prostitution service.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. A place built to withstand attack; a fortress.
2. (figuratively) A place of domination by, or refuge or survival of, a
particular group or idea.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  People who are eccentric enough to be quite seriously virtuous
understand each other everywhere, discover each other easily, and form a
silent opposition to the ruling immorality that happens to pass for
–Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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