"Dear Pen Pal"
Short Fiction 1949 2,200 words
Alternate Titles

"Letter from the Stars"     (1950, etc.)

Included In
The Best of A.E. van Vogt: Volume 2 1979
The Best of A.E. van Vogt    [British] 1974
Destination: Universe! 1952
Transfinite: The Essential A.E. van Vogt 2003
English
The Arkham Sampler magazine
1949 Winter Arkham House
pulp Issue #8 100 pages $1.00

cover art by
Ronald Clyne

First appearance

This issue was included in the 2010 facsimile reprint of the complete Arkham Sampler.

This issue also contained "A Basic Science Fiction Library," a roundtable discussion from numerous authors, including van Vogt.

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"Letter from the Stars" (alternate title)
Out of This World Adventures magazine
1950 July Avon
pulp Vol 1, No 1 — Issue #1 132 pages $0.25

cover artist: unknown

Table of Contents

Comics sample

Comics section ZIP

This magazine was republished as a print-on-demand book in 2008.

One of Donald A. Wollheim's experimental publishing ventures, this magazine lasted only two issues (this is the first). Both featured a lengthy comics section, which is unusual for a magazine of this period.

Here are the credits for the comics section:

  • Lunar Station by John Michel — art by Joe Kubert
  • The Man-Eating Lizard by Edward Bellin — art by Joe Kubert
  • Pallas Rebellion by W. Malcolm White (not illustrated)
  • Crom the Barbarian by Gardner Fox — art by John Giunta

Although the artist who illustrated van Vogt's story has a signature visible, it's difficult to make out. It could be "Marm" or "Marton" or something similar. Anybody know who this might be?

1 illustration by
Marm (?)

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Far Boundaries anthology
edited by August Derleth 1951, etc.
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"Letter from the Stars" (alternate title)
Beyond the End of Time anthology
edited by Frederik Pohl
1952 Permabooks
paperback 145 407 pages $0.35

cover artist: unknown

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"Letter from the Stars" (alternate title)
Nebula Science Fiction magazine
1952 October Crownpoint Publications
digest Vol 1, No 1 120 pages 2/-

cover art by
Alan Hunter

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"Letter from the Stars" (alternate title)
The Earth in Peril anthology
edited by Donald A. Wollheim
1957 Ace Double
paperback D-205 158 pages $0.35

cover art by
Ed Emshwiller

This anthology was published with Who Speaks of Conquest by Lan Wright.

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Science Fiction of the 40's anthology
edited by Joseph Olander & Martin H. Greenberg & Frederik Pohl
1978 October Avon
trade 0-380-40097-9 377 pages $4.95

cover art by
Earle Bergey

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Space Mail anthology
edited by Joseph Olander & Martin H. Greenberg & Isaac Asimov 1980, etc.
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Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Treasury anthology
edited by Joseph Olander & Martin H. Greenberg & Isaac Asimov 1981, etc.

An omnibus volume containing two anthologies: The Future in Question and Space Mail (see above)

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101 Science Fiction Stories anthology
edited by Jenny-Lynn Waugh & Charles G. Waugh & Martin H. Greenberg
1987 June Avenel
hardback 0-517-60669-0 651 pages $7.98

cover artist: unknown

This anthology was reprinted as The Giant Book of Science Fiction Stories.

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The Giant Book of Science Fiction Stories anthology
edited by Jenny-Lynn Waugh & Charles G. Waugh & Martin H. Greenberg
1992 Magpie
trade 1-85487-150-1 651 pages £3.99

cover art by
Jim Burn

This anthology was originally published as 101 Science Fiction Stories.

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"Letter from the Stars" (alternate title)
100 Astounding Little Alien Stories anthology
edited by Robert Weinberg & Stefan Dziemianowicz & Martin H. Greenberg
1996 September Barnes & Noble
hardback 0-7607-0142-3 544 pages $7.98

cover art by
Cheryl Knippenburg

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The Young Oxford Book of Aliens anthology
edited by Dennis Pepper 1998, etc.
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The SFWA Grand Masters: Volume 3 anthology
edited by Frederik Pohl 2001, etc.
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Alien Stories 1 anthology
edited by Dennis Pepper
2002 January Oxford University Press
trade 0-19-275162-X 153 pages £4.99

cover art by
Paul Young

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"Letter from the Stars" (alternate title)
Out of This World Adventures, July 1950 anthology
edited by Donald A. Wollheim
2008 December Altus Press
trade 1-4404-5103-6 130 pages $14.95

cover artist: unknown

This is a print-on-demand facsimile reprint of the magazine from 1950.

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The Arkham Sampler: A Facsimile Edition omnibus
2010 Arkham House
hardback 1-55246-927-1 844 pages $149.95

(no cover art)

Two large hardback volumes, containing facsimile reprints of all 8 issues of Arkham Sampler from 1948 & 1949

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