Talk:Planet Stories

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Comments[edit]

Added Planet Stories information announced today by Paizo. Completeblank 00:59, 31 March 2007 (UTC)

Unfortunately, the URL of Galactic Central's Web page with publication data and covers, currently http://www.philsp.com/data/data235.html#PLANETSTORIES , is a moving target. The target page number keeps going up as more data is added to other pages and they get split up. Not sure what can be done about it. Ahasuerus 23:27, 27 February 2006 (UTC)

Deletion[edit]

I deleted the following section: Some covers featured the iconic and (presumably) impossible image of a woman in space, wearing a bikini and space helmet. In this Planet Stories was following the lead of its competitor Startling Stories, whose frequent cover artist Earle Bergey pioneered this imagery and is cited as the inspiration for Princess Leia's slave girl costume in Return of the Jedi.

The reason for the deletion is that, on perusing a complete collection of Planet Stories cover art, I find that the number of covers exactly matching the description "a woman in space, wearing a bikini and space helmet" is precisely zero. RandomCritic 16:15, 27 March 2007 (UTC)

As you say the wording was incorrect. However, I think something along those lines could be put back in. This cover, for example, is close to the intent of the deleted material, and has been widely reproduced. Scantily-clad women certainly feature heavily on the covers, which wasn't true of all the competing magazines. Mike Christie (talk) 18:42, 27 March 2007 (UTC)

To do[edit]

Notes as I edit the article:

  • Clean up dangling ref info in publication history section
  • Ref last para just added; add page number for Clareson ref
  • Add info about Philip Dick starting his career in Planet

-- Mike Christie (talklibrary) 03:51, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

Note on cover copyrights[edit]

I've searched the online copyright indexes and none of the covers appear to have had their copyright renewed, so they are all in the public domain. Mike Christie (talklibrary) 22:54, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

However, a separate search on Google eBooks for the copyright listings shows the following issues:
  • v1/#9 Winter 41
  • v1/#2 1942 Feb, which doesn't make sense -- it probably means the Spring 1942 issue but that was 1/10, not 1/2, and wasn't dated February
  • v1/#11 Summer 42
  • v1/#12 Fall 42
  • v2/#1 Winter 42
  • 8109, 19385, 19386, 30222, 40715. I have no idea what these mean.
  • v2/#2 March 43
  • v2/#3 May 43
  • v2/#4 Fall 43
  • v2/#5 Winter 43
  • 7686, 18650, 29554, 40701. I have no idea what these mean.
These are from the original copyright registrations, so I don't think this means they are under copyright. The relevant Google Book is "Catalog of copyright entries: Periodicals, Part 2" for 1942 and 1943. Mike Christie (talklibrary) 13:38, 23 January 2011 (UTC)

Poul Anderson edits reverted[edit]

I've just reverted the recent additions related to Poul Anderson. I've no objection to mentioning Anderson, who was a prominent author, but we need a secondary source that mentions him as a notable contributor. If we have that it would be easier to mention the Flandry stories, but I don't think we should; we don't give this much detail to most of the well-known authors mentioned in the article. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 00:42, 23 September 2014 (UTC)