- The Science of Magic by John W Campbell Jr
- Prelude to Armageddon by Cleve Cartmill; illustrated by Frank Kramer
- Jesus Shoes by Allan R Bosworth; illustrated by William A Kolliker
- The Compleat Werewolf by Anthony Boucher; illustrated by Manuel Rey Isip
- The Room by L Ron Hubbard; illustrated by Paul Orban
- (Not included within the table of contents) Census Taker by Frank Belknap Long; illustrated by Edd Cartier
- Pobby by Jane Rice; illustrated by Manuel Rey Isip
Letters page includes correspondence from L Sprague de Camp. The biggest draws for this issue are Boucher’s much-reprinted werewolf story and L Ron Hubbard’s contribution.
Hubbard’s short story was published while serving in the US Navy. Following his service, constant financial troubles forced Hubbard to abandon the pulps and pursue more lucrative endeavors, namely the development of Dianetics and the eventual founding of the Church of Scientology. At a science fiction convention in 1948, Hubbard was quoted as saying:
“Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.”
So he did.
- Biographical Series of L. Ron Hubbard’s life and works available to 16,000 United States Libraries (prweb.com)
- L. Ron Hubbard’s greatest gift (adarsajnana.wordpress.com)
- Scientology founder’s great-grandson explores family religion in monologue (abclocal.go.com)
- King James 400th Anniversary Bible Awarded to L. Ron Hubbard (virtual-strategy.com)