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During the 1930’s Astounding Stories was the premier venue for tales of adventure and science fiction. It is a mark of the popularity of the Dr. Bird stories that from 1930 to 1932 eleven stories featuring the character appeared in the magazine as well as several other stories by the author, Sterner St. Paul Meek, writing as Capt. S. P. Meek.

There is no question that the Changewar is one of the great concepts of science fiction; two sides, the Snakes and the Spiders, fighting across the breadth of time and space. The leaders are unseen, the reasons they are fighting are unknown. Each side tries to change events in the past or future to gain control of the universe.

Philip K. Dick is best known for his novels of the 60’s and 70’s, such as Ubik, The Man in the High Castle, and Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Several of these novels were later made into movies, notably Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep which was the basis for “Blade Runner” and A Scanner Darkly which was made into a movie of the same name, as well as short stories that served as the basis for the movies “Total Recall” and “Minority Report.” Even now, nearly twenty years after his death, a number of projects are in various stages to bring other works to the screen.

The Golden Age of Science Fiction certainly had its superstars; Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein. There also were the professional full time authors such as Anderson, Lieber, Sturgeon and others with careers spanning decades and who wrote dozens of novels and hundreds of short stories. But there were others, less well known, who wrote for shorter periods of time, and whose body of work consists of a dozen or so short stories and a novel or two. These days, their work is nearly forgotten, available only in paperbacks long out of print or magazines found in second hand stores. Horace B. Fyfe (1918-1997) is one of these.

The two novels in the Resurrected Press publication, Operation Terror, were written at the height of the Cold War. Murray Leinster has managed to capture the paranoia of that period perfectly.

The Resurrected Press publication, Adventures in the Fifth-Dimension, brings together two novellas from the 30’s that first appeared in Astounding Stories of Super-Science” one of the best known of the pulp magazines of the era, “The Fifth-Dimension Catapult” and the sequel, “The Fifth-Dimension Tube.”

During the 50’s and 60’s “Space Opera” and James H. Schmitz were almost synonymous. He was famous for his tales of interstellar secret agents and galactic criminals, and particularly for heroines such as Telzey Amberdon and Trigger Argee. Many of these characters had enhanced “psionic” powers that let them use their minds as well as their weapons to foil their enemies. All of them were resourceful in the best heroic tradition.

In The Night of the Long Knives and The Creature from Cleveland Depths Fritz Leiber offers up two very different visions of the future.