Tops in Science Fiction

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Tops in Science Fiction was a pulp magazine which published two issues in 1953, dated Spring and Fall of that year. The publisher, Love Romances Inc., also published Planet Stories, and Tops in Science Fiction was intended to be a vehicle for reprinting some of the better work from Planet Stories' early years. The first issue was in pulp format, but the second issue was a digest: the magazine was launched just as the pulps were dying off, but despite the change, Tops in Science Fiction was unable to survive. Reprinted stories included Fredric Brown's "Lorelei", Leigh Brackett's "Citadel of Lost Ships", and "The Million Year Picnic", the first of Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles stories.[1]


  1. ^ E.F. Casebeer, "Tops in Science Fiction", in Tymn & Ashley, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Weird Fiction Magazines, pp. 675–677.


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