Friday, March 06, 2015

by Edd Doerr

Isaac Asimov’s first short story in the leading science fiction magazine, Astounding, was in the July 1939 issue. In 1981 Southern Illinois University Press published a hardback facsimile edition of the magazine (164 pp), with an added epilogue by Asimov, who was president of the AHA from 1985 until his death in 1992. (I was AHA vice-president and board chair for the same period.)

Amazon lists a price of $166 for a new copy of the facsimile edition and $66 for a used copy. I have a like-new copy that I will part with for the highest bid.

Isaac notes in the epilogue that he handed the manuscript of the story, “Trends”, to editor John Campbell on Dec 21, 1938, which happened to be my 8th birthday and Paul Kurtz’s 13th.

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