September 1939 Astounding arrives in the mail

Yesterday, I received the first shipment of Astounding from an online order I’d placed. When I got home I found the September 1939 issue waiting for me. It is a thing of beauty.


This will end up as the third issue I read in my vacation in the Golden Age. I’ve got shipment confirmations for about a dozen other early issues, but I thought I’d post this one because it is in remarkably good shape for a 71 year old pulp magazine.  The issue contains the second part of a Hubbard serial (under his Engelhardt pseudonym) but is probably more famous for Ted Sturgeon‘s first genre fiction, “Ether Breather”.

I must admit that I skimmed through the magazine lustily last night. Even the ads are worth talking about. But you’ll have to wait until I receive the July 1939 issue, which is the one I’ll be starting with. In the meantime, enjoy the Rogers cover on this one. (And click the image for a larger version.)

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.