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message 1: by Warren (new)

Warren | 1556 comments Every issue of IF magazine is now available at the internet archive.
https://archive.org/details/ifmagazine
I thought the story about a small band of patients escaping from the insane asylum
and then they all run for president was a bit far fetched.


message 2: by Paul (new)

Paul  Perry (pezski) | 489 comments Sweet, thanks for that!


message 3: by Trike (new)

Trike | 8289 comments Warren wrote: "Every issue of IF magazine is now available at the internet archive.
https://archive.org/details/ifmagazine
I thought the story about a small band of patients escaping from the insane asylum
and then they all run for president was a bit far fetched. "


They should have built a yuuuuge wall and made the inmates pay for it.


message 4: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 3506 comments Mod
I don't know whether to thank you or curse you ;-) Now I want to read them all. I like a good SF short story.

Warren wrote: "I thought the story about a small band of patients escaping from the insane asylum
and then they all run for president was a bit far fetched."


That could never happen ;-)


message 5: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 3506 comments Mod
I wouldn't bother downloading the EPUB or KIndle versions. They are unreadable. At least the few I have tried are.

The PDF versions are better. They are a scan of the text.


message 6: by Warren (new)

Warren | 1556 comments Tassie Dave wrote: "I wouldn't bother downloading the EPUB or KIndle versions. They are unreadable. At least the few I have tried are.

The PDF versions are better. They are a scan of the text."

I see what you mean. The kindle version was unreadable & no images.
I went back and downloaded the PDF version.
Well that'll keep me from going over the wall and running for something.


message 7: by Trike (new)

Trike | 8289 comments Thanks for the heads up Taz.

Which story was that, btw, Warren?


message 8: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 3506 comments Mod
You can read a lot into those earlier covers. They are full of phallic symbols and other sexual innuendo. BDSM seems to be a common theme.
I don't know what to make of the December 1954 cover.

It may just be my dirty mind ;-)


message 9: by Phil (new)

Phil | 1137 comments Nope, it's not just you Dave. The Robin Williams phrase "heat seeking moisture missile" popped into my head for some reason.


message 10: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 3506 comments Mod
If IF magazine isn't enough for you, here are a couple more.

Galaxy Magazine

Ares Magazine


message 11: by Gary (new)

Gary Gillen | 72 comments This is great. If and Galaxy are awesome downloads. This guy, ScoobyWoo, has posted 30 copies of Astounding on his account.

https://archive.org/details/@scoobywoo


message 12: by William (new)

William | 404 comments Gary wrote: "This is great. If and Galaxy are awesome downloads. This guy, ScoobyWoo, has posted 30 copies of Astounding on his account."

Wow, the first one has "Little Lost Robot" by Isaac Asimov, a real favourite of mine. It's very interesting to read it in its original context.


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