Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Harlequin Science Fiction Part II

The first two (of seven) science fiction titles Harlequin Books published between 1949 and 1959 are old time SF. The Black Flame was first published in a 1930s pulp, then a 1940s hardcover, next a 1950s pulp and the Harlequin first paperback, with a 1960s paperback and 1990s hardcover (expanded edition) following. The House that Stood Still has been published in even more editions and titles.

Harlequin 177 - June 1952

Harlequin 177 back

Harlequin 205 - January 1953

Harlequin 205 back

In 1975 new Harlequin management tried to move beyond the romance field with a SF imprint - Laser Books. All original, the imprint was a failure and after 58 books was shut down. The much criticized editor, Roger Elwood, was touted in ads as "America's top SF editor" and "one of the best SF editors in the world". Here is one author's, Tim Powers, views on being published by Laser.

Laser 13 - 1975

Laser 13 back

Laser 26 - 1976

Laser 26 back

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