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FANTASTIC UNIVERSE Science Fiction July 1958 Robert Silverberg – UFO report

Fantastic Universe July 1958 Cover

FANTASTIC UNIVERSE Science Fiction July 1958 which includes the first appearance of Robert Silverberg’s “Road To Nightfallan apocalyptic 1950’s shock story involving cannibalism in a 2050 New York wasteland.

Please utilize the pictures to determine the exact condition of the item. 

Very Good condition. Bright, colorful cover with minimal creasing, nice corners and edges. Tight, square, clean, no writing. Typical page tanning.

Let’s delve into the intriguing contents of the July 1958 issue of Fantastic Universe, a science fiction magazine edited by Hans Stefan Santesson:

  1. The Race for the Moon: An essay discussing the exciting race to reach the moon.
  2. Escape Ferocity: A novelette by William Campbell Gault (also known as William C. Gault).
  3. Satellites of the Future: An essay exploring the potential of future satellites.
  4. Winged Victory: A short story by Thomas Burnett Swann.
  5. The Pair: A short story by Joe L. Hensley.
  6. Next Month (Fantastic Universe, July 1958): An essay providing a glimpse of what’s coming up in the next issue.
  7. Two Suns of Morcali: A novelette by Evelyn E. Smith.
  8. Egghead: A short story by Robert Bloch.
  9. Atmosphere Explored in Polar Areas: An essay delving into atmospheric exploration.
  10. The Truth About Flying Saucers: An essay by M. K. Jessup (also known as Morris K. Jessup).
  11. The Lovely House: A short story by Michael Shaara.
  12. Introduction to Outer Space: An essay introducing the mysteries of outer space.
  13. Road to Nightfall: A novelette by Robert Silverberg.
  14. Shapes in the Sky (Fantastic Universe, July 1958): An essay by Ted BloecherIsabel L. Davis, and Alexander D. Mebane (credited as Civilian Saucer Intelligence).
  15. Problems of Space Travel: An essay addressing challenges in space travel.
  16. Children’s Hour: A short story by Wallace Edmondson (variant of The Children’s Hour).

This issue of Fantastic Universe offers a captivating blend of speculative fiction, scientific exploration, and cosmic wonder. 🚀✨1.

Fantastic Universe July 1958 Contents page

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Fantastic Universe Science Fiction Magazine October 1956 

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The October 1956 issue of Fantastic Universe features an intriguing lineup of speculative fiction. Here are some of the captivating stories you’ll find within its pages:

  1. “The Pacifist” by Arthur C. Clarke: A short story from the Tales from the White Hart series.
  2. “A Way of Life” by Robert Bloch: A novelette that promises adventure and mystery.
  3. “First Law” by Isaac Asimov: Part of Asimov’s robot stories, this short tale delves into the intricacies of artificial intelligence12.

If you’re a fan of science fiction and imaginative storytelling, this issue is sure to transport you to fantastic realms and thought-provoking scenarios. Happy reading! 📚✨

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Fantastic Universe Science Fiction Magazine July 1957 Volume 8 No. 1


  • The Seal of the Damned by August Derleth (A short Cthulhu Mythos story which was later called “The Seal of R’lyeh”)
  • The Native Soil by Alan E. Nourse (A novella which was later published as a stand alone book)
  • The Machine by Robert Sheckley
  • A Candle for Katie by Lila Borison
  • Shapes in the Sky by Civilian Saucer Intelligence
  • Book of Goots by John Healy
  • Backward Turn Backward…. by Dorothy J. Edgerly
  • Landing for Midge by Lee Coney
  • Voyage Beyond the Night by John Victor Peterson
  • Song of Death by C. Bird (An early work of Harlan Ellison)
  • The Fuzzies by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach Fiddleron
  • Titan by Manly Wade Wellman

Alan E. Nourse was an American science fiction writer who was active from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s. His novella The Native Soil, briefly works a medical concept into a story of interplanetary exploration of Venus. It was originally published in the July 1957 issue of Fantastic Universe magazine.

“After much speculation as to what sort of world might exist beneath the thick clouds of Venus, the first Earth expedition to reach the planet discovers that its terrain rather disappointingly consists almost entirely of gooey mud. Nevertheless, a pharmaceutical company finds a valuable resource buried within the mud and sets about trying to extract it.”

Fantastic Universe July 1957 Volume 8 No. 1
Fantastic Universe July 1957 Volume 8 No. 1

Also included in this issue is a story written by Harlon Ellison (writing as C. Bird) “Song of Death”