Introducing- ASTOUNDING STORIES What are "astounding" stories? Well, if you lived in Europe in 1490, and someone told you the earth was round and moved around the sun-that would have been an "astounding" story. Or if you lived in 1840, and were told that someday men a thousand miles apart would be able to talk to each other through a little wire-or without any wire at all-that would have been another. Or if, in 1900, they predicted ocean-crossing airplanes and submarines, world-girdling Zeppelins, sixty-story buildings, radio, metal that can be made to resist gravity and float in the air-these would have been other "astounding" stories. To-day, time has gone by, and all these things are commonplace. That is the only real difference between the astounding and the commonplace-Time. To-morrow, more astounding things are going to happen. Your children-or their children-are going to take a trip to the moon. They will be able to render themselves invisible-a problem that has already been partly solved. They will be able to disintegrate their bodies in New York and reintegrate them in China-and in a matter of seconds. Astounding? Indeed, yes. Impossible? Well-television would have been impossible, almost unthinkable, ten years ago. Now you will see the kind of magazine that it is our pleasure to offer you beginning with this, the first number of ASTOUNDING STORIES. It is a magazine whose stories will anticipate the super-scientific achievements of To-morrow-whose stories will not only be strictly accurate in their science but will be vividly, dramatically and thrillingly told. Already we have secured stories by some of the finest writers of fantasy in the world-men such as Ray Cummings, Murray Leinster, Captain S. P. Meek, Harl Vincent, R. F. Starzl and Victor Rousseau. So-order your next month's copy of ASTOUNDING STORIES in advance -The Editor.
Ray Cummings (byname of Raymond King Cummings; 1887 - 1957) was an American author of science fiction, rated one of the founding fathers of the science fiction pulp genre. He was born in New York City and died in Mount Vernon, New York. Cummings worked with Thomas Edison as a personal assistant and technical writer from 1914 to 1919. His most highly regarded work was the novel The Girl in the Golden Atom published in 1922, which was a consolidation of a short story by the same name published in 1919 (where Cummings combined the idea of Fitz James O'Brien's The Diamond Lens with H. G. Wells's The Time Machine) and a sequel, The People of the Golden Atom, published in 1920. His career resulted in some 750 novels and short stories, using also the pen names Ray King, Gabrielle Cummings, and Gabriel Wilson.