Below we have provided full issues and partial selections of each of these issues. Click the title of the issue to view the PDF, or click Contents to view the table of contents.
The American Science Fiction Pulps of the early twentieth century gave birth to modern science fiction. But they were not made to last. CSUF’s Special Collections has a treasure trove of fabulous pulps…that are deteriorating fast. The cover art and the seminal stories fade on paper never meant to last more than a reading or two. Further, the collection is underfunded and uncatalogued online…only a worn binder with typed notes indicates some of the holdings. Some remain unknown. Susan Geers and Andalee Motrenec braved the dusty stacks and opened the mystery boxes to bring you a peek into the past, and into a treasure of Cal State Fullerton that is nearly lost.
Read the digitally preserved issues below. For a discussion of the editorial choices made to bring you these works among the many in the collection, push here. Using the pull down menu above, read about the the history of the pulps, their difficulties doing digital archival work, and, most astonishingly, their digital copy of the previously unavailable index of periodicals, the only way to locate the holdings. Enjoy! Then go open a few boxes yourself….
Before you start in on the pulps, here’s an additional treat, not quite a pulp, and not really sf, the oldest magazine in our collections, The Electrical Experimenter from 1917.