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Startling Stories

Identifier: PZ1.A1 S73

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Startling Stories was a science-fiction publication that ran from 1939 to 1955. It typically ran on a bi-monthly publication schedule, though in 1952 in ran on a monthly schedule for over a year. The publication usually contained a number of short stories and one complete novel, with a bright colored illustration usually depicting aliens and fantastical technology, or some human hero with a lady in a bronze bikini. The series was discontinued in 1955 due to both to declining public opinion of pulp magazines and financial losses from a workers’ strike.


  • 1939-1955

Language of Materials

Magazines are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

These materials have unrestricted access.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Special Collections and Archives.


2 Linear Feet (This collection contains three (3) regular sized archival boxes and four (4) half-sized archival boxes. )

Scope and Contents

Georgia Tech Archives and Special Collections holds issues of the magazine published between 1939-1955. It may not be a complete run of the publication.

History of Startling Stories

Startling Stories was a US fantasy pulp fiction magazine published by Ned Pines' Standard Magazine. The original editor was Mort Weisinger, who was replaced by Oscar Friend in 1941. Seeral more editors followed him, including Sam Merwin and Samuel Mines. The series was known for its full color cover art, done by Earle K. Bergey. Over its 16 year lifespan, the publication went through a series of tone-shifts, with both a period directed towards more juvenille audiences and a more mature, somber tone near the end of its life. Startling Stories magazines always contained one full novel as well as a few short stories. Notable contributors include Jack Vance, Arthur C. Clark, and Edmund Hamilton


Volumes are arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials for this collection were gathered from donations from Bud Foote, Joseph Geierman, Robert Swain, and William Scheick.

Processing Information

These materials were processed by Jocelyn Jagrowski in January 2020.

Inventory of Startling Stories
Jocelyn Jagrowski
Copyright January 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA