Talk:Startling Stories

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Copyright notes[edit]

Per a search in this copyright renewal file, there are no issues with copyright renewed before 1950, nor any cover art renewed, though many stories are copyrighted. Per a search here, all issues from November 1950 onwards are copyrighted. So the first 64 issues are out of copyright except for specific stories, and the last 35 issues are copyrighted. Mike Christie (talklibrary) 01:34, 6 January 2011 (UTC)

To do[edit]

  • Need to clarify the issues with editorship at the end -- Ewald says Samalman and Kastle together for the last four and quotes Kastle from Reginald. Also need to check the issues themselves.
    Ewald says: "Alexander Samalman and Herbert D. Kastle, Winter - Fall 1955, last four issues." He adds that in Reginald vol 2 p. 957 Kastle "claims to have 'officiated over the death of Startling Stories'". Mike Christie (talklibrary) 01:45, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
    Tuck says the last four issues were edited by Samalman; so does Malcolm Edwards in the Nicholls.
    Ashley in Transformations says Raines, then Kastle; he's the leading expert and that's the most recent source, so I will use that. Might need to add a note. Also checked the magazines themselves; the indicia and masthead do not name the editor for these issues.
  • Add a note on Bergey based on Jan 1950 cover and note in Di Fate's Infinite Worlds.
    Note that "gravity-defying" can be sourced from Infinite Worlds p. 32 if necessary, though I think the multi-image caption doesn't need separate sourcing.
  • Prose
  • Lead
  • There are a couple of strings of three or four citations together; those can probably be reduced.
  • Scan covers -- need a copy of a sober-looking post-font-change Bergey -- maybe the upside girl in the space ship with the spacemen outside with the cutting torch?

-- Mike Christie (talklibrary) 04:10, 10 January 2011 (UTC)

Excessive fair use tag[edit]

An editor has placed a tag indicating possible excessive fair use. There are six fair use images of magazine covers in the article at the moment. I think all six can be justified, as follows.

  • January 1950: specific commentary about the artwork on that cover by an sf art historian
  • May 1953: illustrates two stylistic changes, both of which are commented on in the article -- the typeface and the more realistic artwork
  • Fall 1944; Winter 1946; March 1950; July 1950: these illustrate the cumulative effect of multiple stereotypes in sf illustration at that time. There is substantial commentary on these stereotypes, and because it is the cumulative effect that is being commented on, multiple examples are appropriate. Each cover illustrates a specific stereotype and there is specific commentary associated with it.

All of the commentary is sourced to reliable sources. I'll wait a month or so to see if there are comments. If nobody objects I'll remove the tag at that time. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 11:29, 31 July 2011 (UTC)

Issue numbers[edit]

Why are the issues numbers in sets of 3? I can imagine that it might be sensible to number annually with a "volume" and "issue", but that isn't what is shown. -- 82.44.187.221 (talk)

There's nothing in the sources about this, but I can tell you that making the volume numbering match the years was not a particularly common approach, though it did happen. See the volume/number charts for some of the other sf magazines for comparison: Fantastic Adventures, Amazing Stories, Planet Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories, or Famous Fantastic Mysteries. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 11:07, 28 April 2014 (UTC)

Asimov anecdote in the "Merwin and after" section[edit]

I attempted to clarify this but I'm not sure how a good a job it is, as it seems to take focus off the magazine. But the original rendition made Asimov sound like the usual prima donna artist whose every word is inviolate and might often get furious at editors if they dared ask for changes. The gist of the Asimov anecdote is that he was basically led on by Merwin and, having labored on and completed a novel with Merwin's foreknowledge and approval, had the rug pulled out from under him. Asimov was a pro who often made changes at editorial request as long as everything seemed to be fair and square.

But this is about a story that did not appear in Startling, after all, so arguably doesn't even belong in the article. A lot of stories did not appear in Startling. ;) Why detail this one when the choice is between simplifying Asimov into mischaracterization or getting the story right but taking the focus off the magazine? If someone can hit the happy medium better than I, go for it. Otherwise, perhaps the anecdote should just be removed entirely. --24.136.168.109 (talk) 19:05, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

Or, actually, a better approach might be to mention it but simply say that this famous novel almost appeared in the magazine but did not due to the change in editorial style from Astounding-ish to Amazing-ish and leave Asimov's and Merwin's personalities and specific actions out entirely as the point is simply the magazine change and the "what could have been" aspect of the novel. --24.136.168.109 (talk) 19:12, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

I like the anecdote but I think you might be right that this isn't the best place for it. Perhaps it could be used in Pebble in the Sky, and a reduced version left here, as you suggest? Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 22:52, 29 April 2014 (UTC)