Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 19, 2013
In recognition of his 75th anniversary as a science fiction writer, L. Ron Hubbard’s first published science fiction story, “The Dangerous Dimension” published in the July 1938 issue of Astounding Magazine, was presented to Dr. Melissa Conway, Head of Special Collections & Archives for the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy.
The presentation consisted of an archival copy of the manuscript for “The Dangerous Dimension” as well as an original July 1938 edition of Astounding Science Fiction Magazine containing the story.
The Eaton Collection is located on the fourth floor of the Tomas Rivera Library in the UC Riverside Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives. It contains over 350,000 unique items ranging from hard cover and paperback books, to pulp magazines, comic books and fanzines. It is also the largest publicly-accessible collection of science fiction, fantasy and horror literature in the world.
1938 marked what is generally agreed upon as the start of what was to become known as Science Fiction’s Golden Age. It was at this time that the publishers of Street & Smith assigned a young John W. Campbell, Jr. as Editor of a newly upgraded “Astounding Science Fiction” magazine. Established writers, already carrying a strong following from their other genre fiction, were brought on board to add a human element to a mostly robots, ray-guns and bug-eyed monsters genre. Along with adventure writer L. Ron Hubbard, fellow writers included Arthur J. Burks, Clifford D. Simak, Jack Williamson, L. Sprague decamp, Henry Kutner and C.L. Moore. And it was initially these names who set the pace for the genre’s rapid expansion which then led to other equally familiar names joining the now-famous ranks, names including Lester Del Rey, Eric Frank Russell, Theodore Sturgeon, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and A.E. Van Vogt.
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