"An enormously enjoyable treat, one that has opened my eyes to what was happening in the world of science fiction in that period. Hugely entertaining. It should be required reading for anyone interested in this era of science fiction." —Goodreads, 5-star review.
It was a breathtaking year for science fiction, an editorial breakthrough that changed in an instant the nature of science fiction, at least as presented in pulpwood publications, and its impact can be seen in almost every story lauded by Amazing Stories’ readers in 1930 and/or hailed by critics in subsequent years as among the field’s enduring masterworks—most of which appear in this volume of The Best of Amazing Stories. Louise Taylor Hansen’s “The Prince of Liars,” G. Peyton Wertenbaker’s “The Ship That Turned Aside,” Edmond Hamilton’s “The Man who Saw the Future,” Merab Eberle’s “The Mordant,” and the others we have selected as among the year’s most acclaimed stories are, by the standards of the time, lean, mean little narratives meant to dispense with ponderous lecturing and, instead, delight a reader's curiosity and desire for adventure. While remaining solidly rooted within the possibilities of future science, and filled with thought-provoking ideas, they proceed straight along their path with hardly a doff of the hat to explanation and technical detail.
Included in this anthology are such early gems and classics as:
THE MAN WHO SAW THE FUTURE
THE GOSTAK AND THE DOSHES
Miles J. Breuer, M.D.
THE PRINCE OF LIARS
Louise Taylor Hansen
THE IVY WAR
David H. Keller, M.D.
THE SHIP THAT TURNED ASIDE
G. Peyton Wertenbaker
THE FEATHERED DETECTIVE
A. Hyatt Verrill
THROUGH THE VEIL
Leslie Francis Stone
THE COSMIC EXPRESS
With an in-depth Introduction covering the best stories in every issue of Amazing Stories that year. Plus the original illustrations that accompanied the stories when they first appeared the magazine—along with the original blurbs and captions as well.
THE BEST OF AMAZING STORIES: The 1926 Anthology
THE BEST OF AMAZING STORIES: The 1927 Anthology
THE BEST OF AMAZING STORIES: The 1928 Anthology
THE BEST OF AMAZING STORIES: The 1929 Anthology
THE BEST OF AMAZING STORIES: The 1940 Anthology [Special Retro-Hugo Edition]
THE BEST OF AMAZING STORIES: The 1943 Anthology [Special Retro-Hugo Edition]
AMAZING STORIES: Giant 35th Anniversary Issue—April 1961
AMAZING STORIES ANNUAL: 1927 ISSUE - Authorized Replica Edition
SEEDS OF LIFE by John Taine (Eric Temple Bell) [Amazing Stories Classics]