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March, 1939. First issue. "Sinister Barrier" by Eric Frank Russell.
Back cover loosely attached.
A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTIONThis is the March 1939 issue of Street & Smith's Unknown, one of the most important science-fiction pulps. This pulp works as a great companion to classic titles like Amazing Stories and Weird Tales. Whereas those largely featured wonderous science fiction and fantastical horror, Unknown featured science-fiction horror. It would go on to feature stories by great writers like Fritz Leiber, Robert Heinlein, Eric Frank Russel, Jack Williamson, Theodore Sturgeon, L. Sprague de Camp, L. Ron Hubbard, and even Raymond Chandler. This issue features a demonic figure menacingly holding the Earth as a city burns below him. Unknown was a factory-trimmed square pulp, and as such has little to no overhang. The front cover has slight stress along its edges, but unfortunately the back cover is only loosely attached, earning it a very good grade despite its clean attractive cover.