Notes on the schedule for my Vacation in the Golden Age of SF

The first 9 issues of Golden Age Astounding are being shipping or are about to be shipped to me. I imagine they will arrive sometime next week. Assuming that to be the case, here are my plans for the scheduling of this little project:

  • Attempt to read 1 issue/week
  • Expect the blog post about the issue to appear on the Monday morning after I finish it. So if I start the July 1939 issue on Monday, January 23, you can expect my post on that issue to appear on Monday, January 31.

Why only 1 issue/week?

  • In addition to this “vacation”, I also write science fiction (which pays for the collection of these old Astounding‘s) , have a full time day job, as well as various family responsibilities. I will try to stick to my proposed schedules but any of these other items could get in the way.
  • I don’t want to rush through the issues, but rather savor them. Remember, this is a vacation through the Golden Age.
  • Once I get started, if I find the pace too fast or too slow, I will adjust accordingly.

One additional caveat to the proposed schedule:

  • At times, it may be hard to get my hands on a particular issue. I think I’ve given myself enough lead time, but in the case that I can’t get the issue I want, I’ll hold off posting until I do get the issue. That could introduce some further delays

Once I know for certain when the first batch of magazines will arrive, I’ll post a more current schedule, listing my planned post dates for the first half dozen issues or so. As it stands, an issue a week will get me to December 1950 in just about 2 years. If anyone has suggestions on a better schedule for this, I’m all ears.

And as a reminder, those curious about which issues I have already obtained, and which are still needed: the list can be found here.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.