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The Best of Amazing Stories: the 1943 Anthology

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“A fairly good time capsule of sf starting to become a genre of its own, and “Amazing Stories” in particular. ,,, for the pulp fiction fan, this will be an interesting and fun read And all of 1926’s covers are reprinted on this anthology’s back cover.” –Amazon review. Despite so many authors being off at the front fighting WW2, 1943 was a pretty good year for Amazing Stories. At the start of 1944, when readers traditionally wrote in to select their best-of-the-year lists, the most frequently cited were: “The Machine,” “The Devil’s Planet,” “Me – the People,” “When the Darkness Came,” “War Worker 17,” “The Powerful Pipsqueak,” “Daughter of Destiny,” “The Degenerate Mr. Smith,” “The Pacifist of Hell’s Island,” “Rats in the Belfry,” “Carbon-Copy Killer,” “The Chameleon Man,” “Enigma of the City,” “The Lost Warship,” and “Pop Gun.” In this special Retro Hugo collection, which contains many of the aforementioned favorites, which we agree are worthy of award consideration. “A fantastic collection of top of the line scifi adventures from a time when they were written by the very best.” -Ralph Greco, Jr., Amazon 5-Star review.

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