Stanley G. Weinbaum, the 1st cult science fiction writer, was born 116 years ago
Born on April 4,
1902, the late Stanley G. Weinbaum, produced some of the finest
science fiction of the 1930s. In a brief 18 month period
(7/34-12/35), 13 acclaimed stories appeared primarily in the
legendary publications Astounding
and Wonder. After
his untimely death from lung cancer in December, 1935, Weinbaum
became arguably the first cult science fiction writer with many other
works published posthumously.
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Before his death,
Weinbaum wrote the mash up novel The
Black Flame, incorporating the previously unpublished
short stories “Dawn of Flame” and “The Black Flame” along
with new material. While the short stories individually appeared in
1936 (Dawn of
Flame: The Stanley G. Weinbaum Memorial Volume) and 1939
novel wasn’t published until 1948 (Fantasy Press).
discovery of Weinbaum’s papers in the basement of his grandson’s
house which contained a carbon copy of a substantially longer THE
BLACK FLAME manuscript, Tachyon published the restored THE BLACK
FLAME in 1995.
For more information
on THE BLACK FLAME, visit the Tachyon page.
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