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The Virgin of Valkarion

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Planet Stories July 1951
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The 39th Dynasty shall fall with the Meeting of the Moons. An Outlander shall seize the Queen–” So ran the Prophecy

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The Thing of Venus

Planet Stories Vol. 1, No. 10 (Spring 1942).  Cover by Alexander  Leydenfrost

Also The Last Martian and Black Friar of the Flame


Thralls Of The Endless Night

Planet Stories, Fall 1943

1,000 Years Forgotten, Terra’s Lost Colony Awaited A Warrior’s Coming


Captives of the Thieve-Star

Planet Stories, May 1951

A Novelet Of Rich And Lawless Galaxies

This cover story can be read here


Black Priestess of Varda


Outlawed, Sentenced To The Vat, A Few Foresters Still Defied Foul Sasso’s Loveliest Witch!


Black Amazon of Mars

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Grimly Eric John Stark slogged toward that ancient Martian city — with every step he cursed the talisman of Ban Cruach that flamed in his blood-stained belt. Behind him screamed the hordes of Ciaran, hungering for that magic jewel — ahead lay the dread abode of the Ice Creatures — at his side stalked the whispering spectre of Ban Cruach, urging him on to a battle Stark knew he must lose!

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The Beast-Jewel of Mars

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Could Fand, beautiful and base, bewitch the tall swordsman from Terra?

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Sword Of Fire

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Planet Stories Vol. 4, No. 5 (Winter 1949).  Cover by Allen Anderson

A Novelette of an Enslaved Universe

Also, Earth was dead. But earth might bloom again, fed  by the blood of that hard-shelled Cain… The Dead-Star Rover

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The Rebel of Valkyr

Planet Stories, Fall 1950

She was Imperatrix, ruler of ten million space-warriors… But here on night-bound Kalgan, where the Great Destroyer coiled, only one lonely vassal stood true…


Shannach—the Last

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Endless Rows Of Alabaster Shapes, Sitting On Their Chairs Of Stone, Looking Toward… Shannach—the Last

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The Last Two Alive!

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A man and a woman — survivors of chaos — alone in dead-star vastness…

Also, Cargo To Callisto and Star-Mouse. You can read this entire issue here

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Werwile of the Crystal Crypt


For 1,000,000 years she slept, Nuala of the Nekalad, roused at last to join the Outworlder against the Werwile of the Crystal Crypt


A Sound Of Thunder

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In addition to the Ray Bradbury time travel classic, this issue also contains some fascinating predictions about the future of space travel.

Man on the moon? That’s a big question. No one can say for certain when we shall go to the moon (or any other planet) or how it shall be accomplished. Yet it might be interesting to set down the opinions of leaders in the fields of science and science-fiction in these respects. A booklet compiled by Gerry de la Ree of 277 Howland Avenue, River Edge, N.J., has done just that, and we are pleased, with his permission, to give you some of his findings.

Mr. Ree polled a wide number of writers, editors and scientists. Among the latter group are Dr. Wernher von Braun, Chief U. S. Guided Missiles Development Division, Huntsville, Ala., and Dr. Fred L. Whipple, chairman of Harvard University Department of Astronomy, an expert on meteorites.

Herewith the results of the poll:
Do you believe that interplanetary travel will eventually be accomplished? YES: 98.4 per cent. No: 1.6 per cent.
If your answer to the above question was “yes,” in what year do you think the first unmanned missile will be successfully landed on the moon? Prior to 1975: 71.4 per cent; After 1975: 12.7 per cent; No opinion: 15.9 per cent.
In what year do you think the first manned flight to the moon or another planet will be attempted? Prior to 1990: 73.0 per cent; After 1990: 14.3 per cent; No opinion: 12.7 per cent.
What country, organization, or group do you think will sponsor the first interplanetary flight? United States: 54.7; U. S. or Russia: 14.3; International: 11.1; No opinion: 14.3; Others: 5.6.
Do you believe atomic power will be used to propel the first passenger carrying space craft? Yes: 42.9; No: 49.2; Partially: 6.3; No opinion: 1.6.
If not, what type of fuel do you think will be used? Some of the suggestions: Von Braun: Hydrazine-ammonia, plus nitric acid; Arthur C. Clarke: Chemical propellants and orbital refueling. Probably ozone and metallic hydride; Willy Ley: probably hydrazine plus nitric acid, could be alcohol plus liquid oxygen.

For those keeping track at home, the first man-made object to reach the surface of the Moon was the Soviet Union’s Luna 2 mission, on 13 September 1959. The United States’ Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon, on 20 July 1969. The Saturn V rocket used kerosene and liquid oxygen, but the Vostok 3KA that first took Yuri Gagarin into space ran on red fuming nitric acid.

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Eternal Zemmd Must Die!

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“Oh Zemmd — beware the Outcast’s daughter. Beware the Convict from cold Mercury. These two speak death!”

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