Thursday, July 31, 2014


FuturesPast Editions is proud to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Steve Davidson, new owner of Amazing Stories—the first science fiction magazine, founded in 1926 by Hugo Gernsback - and with DPS digital book production - to distribute a new line of classic reprints from the magazine's early years. (Check out Amazing Stories' new website at This new series will be published under the imprint "Amazing Stories Classics".

First off the drawing board is Amazing Stories: The Giant 35th Anniversary Issue, a reprint of the double-sized 1961 issue rounding up some of the best stories the magazine had published up to that point. A rare collectible, this special issue is available now in ebook for $3.99 and paperback for $9.99 at Amazon and other outlets. It features all the original illustrations by the legendary Frank R. Paul for each story. The authors comprise a Who's Who of early science fiction: SFWA Grandmaster Ray Bradbury, Jules Verne Prize recipient Edmond Hamilton, Buck Rogers creator Philip Francis Nowland, David H. Keller who John Clute hailed as "the ideal" Gernsback writer, Science Fiction Hall of Fame honoree Edgar Rice Burroughs, Eisner Hall of Fame inductee Eando Binder, and R. F. Starzl, dubbed a "master" of  space opera by E. E. Smith. The table of contents presents a stellar lineup of such notable stories as "I, Robot," "Armageddon: 2419" (introducing Buck Rogers), "John Carter and the Giant of Mars," and "Devolution." It is a volume that belongs on every fan's bookshelf, be it wood or digital! 

Click here to buy ebook edition of the Giant 35th Anniversary Issue of Amazing Stories.
Click here to buy paperback edition of the Giant 35th Anniversary Issue of Amazing Stories.

Then, due out on Wednesday, August 6th, is The Best of Amazing Stories: 1926, the first of a year-by-year showcase of the best stories selected from each year of the publication's storied history. Our 1926 selection presents work by such distinguished practitioners of the craft as multiple Hugo Award winner Murray Leinster, Gernsback Award winners H. G. Wells, Curt Siodmak, G. Peyton Wertenbaker and A. Hyatt Verrill, the controversial Austin Hall, and others.
Forthcoming under the Amazing Stories Classics imprint are The Best of Amazing Stories: 1927, and reprints of two widely acclaimed classics, far ahead of their time, from the 1930s Amazing Stories Quarterlies: Seeds of Life, After 12,000 Years, and Away from the Here and Now—a collection of stories by Clare Winger Harris, the first woman to sell a story to a science fiction magazine.
"I am extremely busy growing Amazing Stories in its new incarnation as an all-digital publication. But I wanted to acquaint new readers with the great stories from the magazine's early history," says new publisher Steve Davidson. "Partnering with digital book producers Digital Parchment Services meant I could turn over the work on compiling and publishing Amazing Stories Classics to them, and the distribution to FuturesPast Editions, who have been selling science fiction, fantasy and horror on the web since 2000. This arrangement allows me to focus on the new Amazing Stories while ensuring a steady supply of our best classic stories and novels to potential readers."

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Way back in  1961, for a Life Magazine feature, Hugo Gernsback modeled one of his most futuristic ideas, TV glasses. A few years ago Google caught up with the visionary founder and editor of Amazing Stories with their Google glasses. But the pioneering Gernsback was there first. Albeit, using the some what clunker technology of the time. 
Here Hugo is, modeling his invention:

Get Amazing Stories: The Giant 35th Anniversary Issue
FuturesPast Editions is distributing it, and other books as part of the new Amazing Stories Classics imprint created by Steve Davidson, publisher of the new Amazing Stories reboot.

 Coming Soon The Best of Amazing stories 1926
and a reprint The Amazing Stories 35th Anniversary Anthology.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Look For Us At Pulpfest 2014

Well, at least our very cool ads in Pulpfest 2014's program book: celebrating Larry Maddock's Agent Of T.E.R.R.A. pulp paperback sf series and Charles Lee Jackson II's series of pulp-wedded-to-B-movie novels, The Amazing Adventures of The Emperor.

Analog described the T.E.R.R.A. series as "lively fun," and writer/director Steve Latshaw (Stan Lee's Lightspeed, Return of the Killer Shrews) says of the Emperor books:

"High adventure riches, mixing every the best of heady 60s spy adventure with the breakneck pace and scale of the great Republic serials, cool paperbacks and comics with a wry sense of good humor. And best of all, when I read them, I'm 12 years old again, and the world is new and full of intrigue, and possibilities. And high adventure. Oh, and the good guys win. As they should." 

Click on the ads to check out these cool series at the FuturesPast Editions site.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Themes and Tropes of Stranger in a Strange Land Paralled in Rediscovered 1961 Novel by SF Novelist Larry Maddock

   Sabra Jardine, daughter of the late social critic and sex researcher, Jack Jardine, best known to science fiction fans as Larry Maddock, author of the 1960s Agent of T.E.R.R.A. series, has sent FuturesPast Editions what we consider to be his "lost" masterpiece. Originally titled "Madam Ninon" it was published under the outlandish title "Malibu Nymphs" by a short lived pulp paperback publisher with no hint on the cover that the book was in any way science fiction.
   Written in the early months of 1961, "Madam Ninon" parallels the approach and subject matter of Robert A. Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land." Both use the trope, first popularized in "Candide," of a naif who slowly discovers the hollowness of his culture's morals and shibboleths, particularly those surrounding sexuality . As with Heinlein's novel, this examination is triggered by the presence of a messianistic figure with strange powers.
   Set at the dawn of the 1960s, just before the sexual revolution, the book's central figure, Madam Ninon, was inspired by Maddock/Jardine's research into the life and sexual philosophy of the famous 17th century courtesan and writer, Anne "Ninon" de l'Enclos. Her sexual philosophy, "We should take care to lay in a stock of provisions, but not of pleasures: these should be gathered day by day-" resonated strongly with Maddock/Jardine. As did her founding of  a School of Gallsntry where she taught the arts of love to the sons and daughters of the aristocracy. 
   Filled with pungent verbal duels, Madam Ninon often reads like something out of Heinlein's "Stranger."
   From the text:

   He said suddenly, not willing the words and not able to stop the torrent of emotion which had been fermenting inside him. "My Lady, when I told you I loved you I meant it. I'll be your slave for life, asking no other reward than the privilege of looking at you from time to time."

Brett looked at the flame-tressed goddess and won­dered how such a diety as she could ever need a mere human such as himself... Brett could no more attain her degree of perfection than he could try to compete with his own mother. He smiled inwardly—maybe that was why he couldn't quite face the thought of going to bed with her, it would be too much like sleeping with his mother. But Ninon wasn't his mother.

   The goddess was talking. "We're all emotionally right wingers, conservatives to an extreme, with conservative moral prejudices built into us long before we're able to think. That's why everyone can know, intellectually, that a certain taboo is senseless, and yet we all continue to observe the senseless taboos. Even I, Brett. I feel uneasy when I hear certain words, or see them in print. I can't help it."

"If there are areas which the individual must not talk about or think about, these areas are
closed to creativity—and any possible good coming about as an accidental offshoot of thinking in these areas is elim­inated. But there is a much more positive evil in censoring the human mind in any area—it gets us used to being censored, to being controlled. It opens the door to total brainwashing."

I've got a lot of emotional prejudices to over­come, Brett thought ruefully. And there's no better time to start overcoming them right now . . .

   Madam Ninon will be published Fall 2014.

    Meanwhile, you can read his equally fascinating Agent of T.E.R.R.A. series, written as by Larry Maddock.

Only $2.99 at Amazon, B&N, and iTunes.
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