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Introduction by Richard A. Lupoff
by George Rozen, Earle K. Bergey & H.W. "Wesso" Wessolowski
776 pp. Hardcover
Here is a letter,
attributed to Standard Magazines editor Leo Margulies, sent to science
fiction fanzine editors in 1939. This text is from Bob Tucker's classic
fanzine Le Zombie (vol. 2,
No. 4, Oct 28, 1939)
"Dear Mr. Tucker,
Can there be anything new in scientifiction? We say yes -- and offer
CAPTAIN FUTURE. Fellows, CAPTAIN FUTURE is tops in scientifantasy! A
brand new book-length magazine novel devoted exclusively to a
star-studded quartet of the most glamorous characters in the Universe.
And the most colorful planeteer in the Solar System to lead them -- CAPTAIN FUTURE. You'll find Captain
Future the man of Tomorrow! His adventures will appear in each &
every issue of the magazine that bears his name.
He ought to be good. We spent months planning the character, breathing
the fire of life into him. For we feel that the man who controls the
destinies of nine planets has to be good. But don't take our word for
it -- get your first copy of CAPTAIN FUTURE the day it hits the
newstands and marvel at the wizard of science as he does his stuff on
every thrilling page.
You'll find Captain Future the most dynamic space-farer the cosmos has
ever seen. A super-man who uses the forces of super-science so that you
will believe in them. You'll see Captain
Future's space craft, the Comet spurting thru the ether with such
hurricane fury you'll think Edmond Hamilton, the author, has hurled you
on a comet's tail.
And you'll agree that Captain Future's inhuman cavalcade -- the
Futuremen -- supplement the world's seven wonders. There's Grag, the
metal robot; Otho, the synthetic android; and Simon Wright, the living
brain. A galaxy of the ultimate immortal forces!
So come on....give the most scintillating magazine ever to appear on
the scientifiction horizon the once over. You'll be telling us, as we
tell you now, that CAPTAIN FUTURE represents fantasy
at it's unbeatable best.
CAPTAIN FUTURE will appear at all
newsstands in a few weeks. Price, 15 cents. First issue features Edmond
Hamilton's novel, CAPTAIN FUTURE AND
THE SPACE EMPEROR. Cover by Rozen.
Illustrations by Wesso. Short stories by Eric Frank Russell and O.
Sarri. Brand new departments -- THE WORLDS OF TOMORROW, THE FUTUREMEN, UNDER OBSERVATION, and THE MARCH OF SCIENCE.
|Table of Contents
by Richard A. Lupoff
Original Magazine Editorial
"Captain Future and
the Space Emperor" (Captain Future, Win ’40)
Captain Future" (Captain Future, Spr ’40)
Future's Challenge" (Captain Future, Sum ’40)
Triumph of Captain Future" (Captain Future, Fll ’40)
of Captain Future"
Edmond Hamilton (1926-1977) was a
pioneer of American science fiction
who began his writing career during the 'Golden Age' of pulp magazines.
He sold his first story, 'The Monster-God of Mamorth" to Weird Tales
magazine in 1926 and became a prolific contributor to the science
fiction pulp magazines of the 30s and 40s. He was writing and getting
published through the 1960s, even as the popularity of science fiction
action/adventure tales of the kind he specialized in was fading. Now
under the deft and expert editorship of Stephen Haffner, Haffner Press
is bringing out deluxe editions comprising all of the Edmond Hamilton
stories, beginning with "Captain Future", a quintessential science
fiction hero who, along with his three companions (a sentient robot, a
synthetic android, and a disembodied brain kept alive in a serum-case)
protected the solar system against all manner of villains and menaces.
Captain Future was such a popular character that it became the title of
one of the many science fiction pulp magazines of the day. Now all
those wonderful science fiction adventures of yesteryear are available
in a single 776-page volume.
Also very highly
recommended for dedicated science fiction fans and
made available by Haffner Press is a collection of Edmond Hamilton
stories originally published in the pages of Weird Tales magazine
(along with two that were published in Amazing Stories Quarterly and
one printed in Science Wonder Quarterly): "The Collected Edmond
Hamilton: Volume One: The Metal Giants And Others" and "The Collected
Edmond Hamilton: Volume Two: The Star-Stealers: The Complete Tales of
the Interstellar Patrol".
—Midwest Book Review
"One more title for tonight, also a
deeply-appreciated review copy: The Collected Captain Future, Volume
One, from Haffner Press. Edmond Hamilton was the quintessential space
opera writer of the 1930s and '40s, but he was an author I had never
read: with this book in hand, I read the 150-page long title story,
"Captain Future and the Space Emperor", first published in 1940. It is
a hoot; it is a casebook of prose the like of which is described in
writing courses under the heading *do not write like this* -- a
compendium of "said-bookisms" such as "he muttered sickly to himself",
"the President asserted confidently", "the thing gasped hoarsely", and
so on and on. But more than that, it's a tale of simple presumptions
about space flight and planetary natives and easy villains with
unironic tags like "space emperor"... So unironic that it's hard to
believe anyone could have read this stuff without choking. Isn't there
a lesson here, though, about context and presumptions and relative
sophistication? Might we reflect on what has or has not changed since
then? As an example, here back in 1940 two of Edmond Hamilton's
characters debate about who or which is most human... a debate carried
on in subsequent decades by Isaac Asimov and STTNG's Data and all the
way to Bernard Beckett's Genesis. Some things never change; some
debates seem never to be resolved."
—Mark R. Kelly, Views from Medina
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