Today's featured article
Planet Stories was an American pulp science fiction magazine, published by Fiction House between 1939 and 1955. It featured adventures in space and on other planets, and was initially focused on a young readership. Malcolm Reiss was editor or editor-in-chief for all of its 71 issues. It was launched at the same time as Fiction House's more successful Planet Comics. Almost every issue's cover emphasized scantily clad damsels in distress or alien princesses. Planet Stories did not pay well enough to regularly attract the leading science fiction writers of the day, but did on occasion manage to obtain work from well-known names including Isaac Asimov, Clifford Simak, and Philip K. Dick. The two writers most identified with the magazine are Leigh Brackett and Ray Bradbury, both of whom set many of their stories on a romanticized version of Mars that owed much to the depiction of Barsoom in the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Bradbury contributed an early story in his Martian Chronicles sequence, and Brackett authored a series of adventures featuring Eric John Stark. (Full article...)
In the news
- A magnitude 7.1 earthquake strikes central Mexico, killing more than 130 people.
- Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Dominica as a Category 5 hurricane.
- In U.S. television, The Handmaid's Tale wins Best Drama and Veep (star Julia Louis-Dreyfus pictured) wins Best Comedy at the Emmy Awards.
- In Gaelic football, Dublin beat Mayo in the final to win their third consecutive All-Ireland title.
- The Cassini–Huygens mission to the Saturn system ends with a controlled fall into the atmosphere of the planet.
- Carbon dating of the Bakhshali manuscript reveals the earliest known use of a zero symbol in ancient India.