Astounding Stories

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Astounding Stories is the longest running continuously published magazine of any gene, beginning its publication run in 1930 and continuing into the present. It is widely considered part of the “Golden Age of Science Fiction”. Astounding Stories hit financial difficulties and shuttered production for three months during the Great Depression. Its first three years were oriented towards adventure stories, but after its resurgence it replaced its contents with only science fiction stories. The new editor, John Wood Campbell termed these new stories “thought variants,” because he imagined that they truly challenged the readers’ perspectives. This turn towards less sensationalist content was accompanied by a title change to Analog Science Fact and Fiction in 1960. Through the years, the magazine featured many notable authors including Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and Orson Scott Card, author of the popular young adult novel, Ender’s Game. In May 1950, the magazine published L. Ron Hubbard’s theory of dianetics, now known as the foundation of Scientology! To learn more about Astounding Stories and all the other fantastic pulps, JMU Libraries encourages you to participate in the Pulp Studies Symposium on the weekend of October 7, 2016.

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