Quotation for the day
“Time was, when you went to the corner newsstand looking for your favorite science-fiction magazine, you had to poke your way through a few-score girlie sheets, a barrier of Confessions, mechanical, and how-to magazines—and then, if you were lucky, you might just find a battered copy of what you wanted.Â More often than not, it was upside-down and, often enough to make you gnash your teeth, it was last month’s issue, anyway.Â Stares, smiles, and—you suspected—jeers followed you out the store and all the way home, unless you happened to have a convenient newspaper into which you could tuck the magazine.
“Happily, today it’s different.Â Today the two dozen extant science fiction magazines—stf, in the terms of the trade—receive top priority at most newsstands, and the crowd at the corner is eager to discuss them with you.
“The science-fiction pulps and pocket-size magazines have quite suddenly become a respected form of escapist literature.
“Not long ago, you were home twirling the dials of your TV set.Â Westerns.Â Hackneyed murder mysteries.Â Variety shows ad infinitum.Â Quizzes and leering M.C.’s.
“Today, if you belong to the junior set, there’s Space Cadet and Captain Video and Flash Gordon.Â If you’ve outgrown knee-britches,Â there’s Eye Witness and Tales of Tomorrow as well as occasional science fiction on most of the better drama shows.
“That rapidly blossoming medium of entertainment, TV, has mated with that rapidly blossoming field of fiction, stf.”
Â —Milton Lesser, Looking Forward, 1953
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