Lloyd Arthur Eshbach Papers and Fantasy Press Archives

Collection ID: 
SCRC 74
Date: 
Circa 1929-1964
Footage: 
8.25 linear feet (18 boxes)

 

Collection Summary

Title

Lloyd Arthur Eshbach Papers and Fantasy Press Archives

Dates
Circa 1929-1964

Collection ID
SCRC 74

Creators
Eshbach, Lloyd Arthur, 1910-2003
Fantasy Press

Quantity
8.25 linear feet (18 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English
 

Detailed Collection Information

Biographical and Historical Notes

Lloyd Arthur Eshbach

Lloyd Arthur Eshbach was born in Palm, Pennsylvania, on June 20, 1910.  He was raised in a Pennsylvania German county, one in which both his maternal and paternal ancestors had settled in 1734.  He became a science fiction fan at the age of nine, when an older brother awakened his interest in the work of Burroughs, Merritt, Hal, Flint and other writers who produced stories of scientific fantasy for the Munsey publications.  After starting to write seriously at the age of seventeen, he published his first story  in 1930.  He continued to produce science fiction for twenty years, his work appearing in numerous science fiction pulps including Amazing Stories, Science Fiction, Astounding Stories, and Strange Stories.

Outside of writing, Eshbach’s career ranged from show-card writer and advertising copy writer to publisher in two Pennsylvania-based publishing companies, and later clergyman for three small eastern Pennsylvania churches.  Eshbach stopped writing in 1946 to organize Fantasy Press.

Through Fantasy Press, a collection Eshbach’s own fiction appeared in 1955 under the title The Tyrant of Time.  The non-fiction book Of Worlds Beyond: The Science of Science Fiction Writing, edited by Eshbach, was published in 1947, in which top authors outlined the various ways in which they approached science fiction writing.  One of Eshbach’s first accepted stories, “A Voice from the Ether,” was selected by Michael Ashley for Part I of his History of the Science Fiction Magazine (Chicago, 1974) as representative science fiction for 1931.

Besides science fiction, Eshbach’s other interests included lapidary arts and silversmithing.  While living in Chicago in the 1960s, he became an expert in these crafts, winning some major prizes in competition. After his retirement, Eshbach began writing again, and published Over My Shoulder: Reflections on a Science Fiction Era (1983), among other works.

Fantasy Press

Founded in 1946 by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach, Fantasy Press was one of the first American specialist science fiction and fantasy publishing houses.  While in conversation with two fellow employees Glidden Paint Company in Reading, Pennsylvania, where Eshbach was advertising copy writer, he asked in jest if they would like to go into the science fiction book publishing business. Eshbach was surprised to hear them reply with interest. This was the start of Fantasy Press, with Eshbach acquiring the stories, A.J. Donnell as illustrator, Lyman Houck (an accountant friend and fellow Mason) as bookkeeper, and Herb MacGregor shipping the books.

Fantasy Press’s first publishing venture was E.E. Smith’s Spacehounds of IPC.  Two printings followed totaling more than 5,500 copies produced and sold. Fantasy Press was responsible for bringing works by some of the great early magazine science fiction authors, notably E.E. Smith and John Campbell. 

During the eleven years that Fantasy Press was run by Eshbach, more than 40 novels were published. In 1950 his partners sold their interests in the publishing company to Eshbach.  Up until 1958, when Eshbach sold the company and its stock to Gnome Press, works by such authors as John W. Campbell, Jr., Sprague de Camp, E. E. Smith, Stanley G. Weinbaum and Jack Williamson were published.

For a more personal and detailed account of the Fantasy Press see “The Fantasy Press Story” by L.A. Eshbach in this collection, Box 3, Folder 1.

Description of Collection

The Lloyd Arthur Eshbach Papers and Fantasy Press Archives contain correspondence of and manuscripts for books and short stories by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach, as well as other manuscripts and correspondence related to Eshbach’s publishing company, Fantasy Press.

In particular, the collection contains manuscript by and correspondence of three writers published by Fantasy Press: Eric Temple Bell (also known as John Taine), John W. Campbell, Jr., and E. E. “Doc” Smith.

Many of the folders containing manuscripts have a typed note (1979) by Eshbach giving further pertinent history concerning those manuscripts.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 5 series as follows:

Series 1:Lloyd Arthur Eshbach Papers, 1929-1945
          Subseries 1.1: Correspondence, 1929-1943
          Subseries 1.2: Short Stories, 1929-1945
Series 2: Fantasy Press Archives, circa 1909-1976
          Subseries 2.1: The Fantasy Press Story, undated
          Subseries 2.1: John W. Campbell, Jr. Manuscripts, circa 1976
          Subseries 2.2: John Taine (Eric Temple Bell) Manuscripts, circa 1909-1954
          Subseries 2.2: E.E. Smith Manuscripts and Correspondence, 1947-1976
                    Sub-subseries series 2.2.1: Skylark Series, circa 1947-1966
                    Sub-subseries series 2.2.2: Lensman Series, circa 1950-1976
                    Sub-subseries Series 2.2.3: Correspondence, 1954-1964
Series 3: Lloyd Arthur Eshbach Papers 1981 Addition, circa 1983, undated
Series 4: Lloyd Arthur Eshbach Papers 1993 Addition, circa 1983-1990
Series 5: Lloyd Arthur Eshbach Papers 1990 Addition, circa 1980s

 

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b1610633~S30

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Lloyd Arthur Eshbach Papers and Fantasy Press Archives are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Temple University holds intellectual property rights only for material donated to the university with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Lloyd Arthur Eshbach Papers and Fantasy Press Archives, SCRC 74, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The manuscripts of John Campbell, John Taine (Eric Temple Bell) and E.E. Smith were acquired by purchase in 1977 with the help of a number of authors and publishers; the personal papers of Lloyd Eshbach were the gift of Eshbach in 1979, with additions in 1981, 1990, and 1993.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in July 2014 by Katy Rawdon, Coordinator of Technical Services.

 

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Bell, Eric Temple, 1883-1960
Campbell, John W., Jr. (John Wood), 1910-1971
Eshbach, Lloyd Arthur, 1910-2003
Smith, E. E. (Edward Elmer), 1890-1965
Taine, John, 1883-1960

Corporate Names:
Amazing Stories
Astounding Stories
Fantasy Press
Science Fiction
Strange Stories

Subjects:
American fiction--20th century
Authors, American--20th century
Science Fiction
Fantasy Fiction

Material Types:
Clippings
Correspondence
Ephemera
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Photocopies
Proofs
Publications

 

Inventory

Series 1:Lloyd Arthur Eshbach Papers, 1929-1945

Subseries 1.1: Correspondence, 1929-1943

1          1          Correspondence with Amazing Stories          Oct. 21, 1929-Sept.22, 1939

                                   Includes 16 letters to Eshbach from Miriam Bourne (3),B.G. Davis (3), Amazing Stories (5), Raymond A. Palmer (3), M. Simon (1), Ziff-David Publishing company (1); one purchase invoice from Experimenter Publications for “a Voice from the Ether.”  One letter from Eshbach to Florence Bothner (carbon copy).  “Amazing Stories Formula” (carbon copy, 1p.).

1          2          Correspondence with Astounding Stories          March 14, 1930-Nov. 24, 1941
                                   Includes 15 letters to Eshbach from Harry Bates (9), John W. Campbell, Jr. (6); 2 Christmas cards from Harry Bates, 1930 & 1931; one purchase receipt for “The Gray Plague” from Astounding Stories.

1          3          Correspondence with Marvel Science Stories          April 5, 1938-Dec. 4, 1940
                                   Includes 4 letters from Eshbach to Erisman: three are carbon copies, one is typescript sent back to Eshbach by Erisman with holograph note.

1          4          Correspondence with Science Fiction           Jan. 30, 1939-Aug. 17, 1942
                                   Includes 6 letters to Eshbach from Charles D. Hornig (3), Louis H. Silberkleit (1), Robert W. Lowndes (2).

1          5          Correspondence with Science Wonder Stories          Oct. 8, 1929-March 12, 1943
                                   Includes 27 letters from Hugo Gernsback (10), David Lasser (5), Oscar J. Friend (1); 5 holiday greeting cards from Gernsback (3), C.D. Hornig (1) and Leo Margulies (1); Letters from Eshbach to Wonder Stories editor (1, carbon copy), Charles D. Hornig (5, carbon copies); 2 leaflets titled “Suggestion to Authors” from H. Gernsback.

1          6          Correspondence with Weird Tales          May 29, 1939
                                   Includes one letter to Eshbach from Farnsworth Wright.

1          7          Correspondence with Julius Schwartz, Literary Agent          March 19, 1932-Jan. 7, 1941
                                   Includes 18 letters to Eshbach from Julius Schwartz, including one ALS; one greeting card and one post card to Eshbach from Schwartz; 5 letters (all carbon copies) from Eshbach to Julius Schwartz.

1          8          Unusual Stories, printed ephemera          circa 1933, undated
                                   Includes one copy pamphlet (c.1933) “Announcing Unusual Stories, Literary Science Fiction & Fantasy Tales.”  It mentions L.A. Eshbach as a “famous author” and “consulting editor.” L.A. Eshbach’s personal scrapbook of fan letters that appeared in various “science fiction” pulps.

1          9          Amazing Stories          undated
                                   Includes 17p. concerning Eshbach’s published stories – “Valley of Titans,” “A Voice from the Ether,” “The Light from Infinity,” “Kingdom of thought,” “Meteor Miners,” and “the Outpost on Ceres.”

1          10          Astounding Stories          undated
                                   Includes 3p. concerning Eshbach’s published story – “The Gray Plague.”
Marvel Science & Dynamic Science:  1p. concerning Eshbach’s published story – “Mutineers of Space.” Science Fiction & Strange Stories:  1p. concerning Eshbach’s published stories, “The God that Science Made” and “the Cauldron.”

1          11          Wonder Stories          undated
                                   Includes 6p. concerning Eshbach’s published stories, “The Man with the Silver Disc,” “The Time Conqueror,” “The Brain of Ali Kahn,” and his poem “The Martian Cry.”

 

Subseries 1.2: Short Stories, 1929-1945

2          1           “The Beast Man”          circa 1931-1933 
                                   Published in Science Fiction Digest (Dec. 1933).  a) letter from Harry Bates, editor Astounding Stories to Eshbach (Jan. 9, 1931).  b) letter from David Lasser, editor Wonder Stories to Eshbach (Jan. 27, 1931).  c) draft, carbon copy with corrections, 20p.

2          2          “The Chimu Horde”          circa 1937
                                   Published as “The Chimu Treasure” under the pseudonym W. Anders Drake in Toronto Star Weekly (4 part serial, Sept. 1937), 15,000 words.  a) one letter from R.B. Cowon, Toronto Star (Aug. 23, 1937).  b) draft, carbon copy, no corrections, 60p.

2          3          “The Elfin Lights”          circa 1935-1937 
                                   Published under the pseudonym Anders W. Drake by Marvel Stories (Summer 1935), 3,000 words.  a) one letter from Leo Margulies, editorial director, Strange Stories (Feb. 27, 1937).  b) draft, type-script with no corrections, 9p.

2          4          “The Horde of Elo Hava” (Cosmos Serial, Part 15)          circa 1934
                                   Published in Fantasy Magazine (Sept. 1934).  a) two letters to Eshbach from Raymond A. Palmer, associate editor, Science Fiction Digest (March 6, July 6, 1934).  b) one letter (carbon copy) from Eshbach to Raymond A. Palmer.  c) draft, carbon copy, no corrections, 24p.

2          5          “Hot Seat”          undated   
                                   Unpublished, 1300 words.  a) rejection letter to Eshbach from John W. Campbell, editor, Unknown.  b) notes on “The Forgotten Ones,” typescript with no corrections, 4p.  c) draft, typescript with no corrections, 5p.

2          6          “The Hyper Sense”          circa 1938-1941 
                                   Published in Startling Stories (Jan. 1941), approx. 8,000 words.  a) three letters to Eshbach from Julius Schwartz, literary agent (March 8, March 24, April 19, all 1938).  b) one letter to Julius Schwartz from Raymond A. Palmer, editor Amazing Stories (March 22, 1938).  c) one letter to Eshbach from Leo Margulies, editorial director Strange Stories (Feb. 10, 1939).  d) draft, type-script, no corrections, 25p.

2          7          “In the Days of the Glacier”          circa 1931-1932 
                                   Unpublished.  a) one letter to Eshbach from Harry Bates, editor Astounding (Aug. 18, 1931). b) one letter to Eshbach from D. Lasser, editor Wonder Stories (Sept. 5, 1931).  c) one letter to Eshbach from Miriam Bourne, editor Amazing Stories (July 29, 1932). d) draft, carbon copy, no corrections, 37p.

2          8          “Isle of the Undead”          circa 1936 
                                   Published in Weird Tales (Oct. 1936), 10,000 words.  a) draft, carbon copy, no corrections, 30p.

2          9          “Last of the Atlantides”          undated 
                                   Unpublished.  a) comment by P. Schuyler Miller (to Eshbach), holograph, 1p.  b) draft, carbon copy, with corrections, 46p. (with holograph note on back of p.46).

2          10          “The Man with the Hour Glass”          circa 1934-1945 
                                   Published in Marvel Tales (May, 1934).  Reprinted in The Garden of Fear by R.E. Howard, Crawford Publications, L.A. (1945), approx. 5,000 words.  a) one letter (carbon copy) from Eshbach to Charles D. Hornig, Wonder Stories (Jan. 11, 1934).  b) draft, type-script, no corrections, 16p.

2          11          “The Monstrous Malignancy”          circa 1934-1939 
                                   Unpublished.  7,000 words.  a) letters to Eshbach from Charles D. Hornig, editor Wonder Stories (Dec. 19, 1934 and Jan. 20, 1939).  b) draft, typescript, no corrections, 22p.  (For additional correspondence see Eshbach Papers – Marvel Science, Box 1, Folder 3, letter:  Dec. 4, 1940).

2          12          “Out of the Sun”          circa 1931-1940 
                                   Published in Fantasy Book #4 (1948), approx. 10,000 words.  a) one letter to Eshbach from David Lasser, editor Wonder Stories (Sept. 19, 1931).  b) one postcard to Eshbach from Lurton Blassingame (Aug. 12, 1936).  c) one letter to Eshbach from John W. Campbell, Jr., editor Astounding Stories (Dec. 2, 1938).  d) one letter to Eshbach from Charles D. Hornig, editor Science Fiction (April 10, 1939).  e) one letter to Eshbach from T. Stanhope Sprigg, editor Fantasy (July 21, 1939).  f) one letter and note to Eshbach from Malcolm Reiss, editor Planet Stories (Jan. 25, 1940).  g) draft, type-script with corrections, 30p.  (For additional correspondence see Eshbach Papers – Marvel Science, Box 1, Folder 3, letters:  Dec. 4, 1940 and Oct. 16, 1938).

2          13          “Outposts on Ceres”          circa 1935-1936 
                                   Published in Amazing Stories (Oct. 1936).  a) two letters Eshbach from Florence Bothner, Amazing Stories (Nov. 22, 1934 and Sept. 5, 1935).  b) one letter to Eshbach from Charles D. Hornig, editor Wonder Stories (Oct. 3, 1935).  c) draft, carbon copy with corrections, 33p.

2          14          “Overlord of Earth”          circa 1944 
                                   Published in Marvel Science Stories (Nov. 1950), 6,800 words.  a) one letter to Eshbach from Leo Margulies, editorial director Strange Stories (Aug. 2, 1944).  b) draft, carbon copy, no corrections, 21p.

2          15          “Peg Leg”          circa 1931-1955 
                                   Published as “Spaceways Incident” in Tyrant of Time by Eshbach, Reading, Pa., Fantasy Press (1955), 3,000 words.  a) one letter to Eshbach from Harry Bates, editor Astounding Stories (Sept. 11, 1931).  b) 1 typed page (p.1) draft, with corrections.  c) draft, carbon copy, no corrections, 9p.  (For additional correspondence see Eshbach Papers – Marvel Science, Box 1, Folder 3, letter:  Dec. 4, 1940).

2          16          “The Place of Orchids”          circa1939-1955 
                                   Published in Tyrant of Time, Reading, Pa., Fantasy Press (1955).  Originally, titled and published as “The God That Science Made,” Science Fiction (Aug. 1939), 7,000 words.  a) draft, carbon copy, no corrections (with holograph note by Eshbach on p.1), 23p.  (For additional correspondence see Eshbach Papers – Science Fiction, Box 1, Folder 4, letters:  June 24, 1939 and Aug. 16, 1939).

2          17          “The Scroll of Valoki”          circa 1937-1941
                                   Published in Science Adventure Stories, Comet Publication (no date), v.1 no.1.  a) two letters to Eshbach from Farnsworth Wright, editor Weird Tales (Sept. 23, 1937 and May 4, 1939).  b) one letter to Eshbach from Leo Margulies, editorial director Strange Stories (April 19, 1939).  c) three letters to Eshbach from Robert W. Lowndes, authors agent (Oct. 18, Oct. 24, Dec. 12, all 1940).  d) two letters (carbon copies) from Eshbach to Robert W. Lowndes (Oct. 26, 1940 and Dec. 4, 1940).  e) two letters to Eshbach from Donald A. Wollheim, Albing Publications (Jan. 4, 1941 and Jan. 10, 1941).  f) one letter (carbon copy) from Eshbach to Donald A. Wollheim (Jan. 7, 1941).  g) one copy Science Adventure Stories, Comet Publication (no date) v.1 no. 1 (containing “The Scroll of Valoki on p.5).

2          18          “Shoes – and a Man”          circa 1943
                                   Unpublished, approx. 6,000 words.  a) draft, type-script, no corrections, with pseudonym W. Anders Drake, 24p.  b) “The Thing That Slept,” 11,300 words, revised unpublished version of “Shoes – and a Man” written by Eshbach and J.R. Parkes, type-script, no corrections, 35p.  c) one letter to Eshbach from Leo Margulies, editorial director  Thrilling Wonder Stories (Feb. 26th 1943) concerning acceptance of “God of Light,” another rewrite of “Shoes – and a Man” (see Eshbach’s correspondence, “God of Light” for publishing information).

2          19          “The Solar Visitation”          circa 1930-1938
                                   Unpublished.  a) two letters to Eshbach from Harry Bates, editor Astounding Stories (Dec. 18, 1930 and April 22, 1932).  b) two letters to Eshbach from Rose Bolsen, Good Story Magazine Co. (April 28, and Sept. 14, 1931).  c) one postal telegraph to Eshbach from Good Story Magazine Co. (July 6, 1931).  d) one letter to Eshbach from Miriam Bourne, editor Amazing Stories (Feb. 3, 1932).  e) one letter to Eshbach from David Lasser, editor Wonder Stories (May 5, 1932).  f) one letter to Eshbach from Florence Bothner, Amazing Stories (Jan. 20, 1933).  g) two letters to Eshbach from Charles D. Hornig, editor Wonder Stories (Nov. 14, 1934).  h) one letter to Eshbach from editors of Amazing Stories (Nov. 10, 1938).  i) draft, type-script with a few compositional corrections, 10,500 words, 33p.  j) another draft but different textual version than (1) above, also type-script with no corrections, 42p.

2          20          “The Third Moon”          undated
                                   Unpublished.  a) draft, typescript with corrections, holograph note on p.1, 53p.

2          21          “The Three Wise Men”          circa 1938-1939
                                   Published in Startling Stories (Nov. 1939).  Reprinted in Wonder Stories Annual, 1952.  a) one letter to Eshbach from Julius Schwartz, literary agent (Feb. 16, 1938).  b) one letter to Eshbach from Raymond A. Palmer, editor Amazing Stories (June 17, 1939).  c) draft (carbon copy), no corrections, 20p.

2          22          “Through the Tesseract”          circa 1939-1940
                                   Published as “The Shadows from Hesplon” in Science Fiction (1940), 11,300 words.  a) one letter to Eshbach from editor, Amazing Stories (no date).  b) post card to Eshbach from Robert O. Erisman editor Marvel Science Stories (March 16, 1939).  c) two letters and one post card to Eshbach from Julius Schwartz, literary agent (Jan. 9, April 29, and Dec. 19, all 1940).  d) one letter (carbon copy) from Eshbach to Julie Schwartz (Dec. 3, 1940).  e) draft (carbon copy), no corrections, 34p.

2          23          “The Valley of Titans”          circa 1929-1931
                                   Published in Amazing Stories (March, 1931).  Reprinted in Science Fiction Classics (Spring, 1968), 21,000 words.  a) one letter to Eshbach from H. Gernsback, editor Science Wonder Stories (Aug. 29, 1929).  b) one letter to Eshbach from Harry Bates, editor Astounding Stories (May 8, 1930).  c) two letters to Eshbach from Miriam Bourne, editor Amazing Stories (July 7, Dec. 5, both 1930).  d) purchase receipt for “the Valley of Titans” from Amazing Stories (Feb. 5, 1931).  e) draft, type-script, no corrections, holograph note by Eshbach on p.1, 37p.

2          24          “When Elder Gods Awake”          circa 1939-1940
                                   Unpublished, 4,500 words.  a) one letter to Eshbach from John W. Campbell, Jr., editor Unknown (march 23, 1939).  b) three letters to Eshbach from C.G. Williams, Golden Fleece (June 22 & 26, 1939).  c) one letter to Eshbach from Farnsworth Wright, editor Weird Tales Magazine (July 17, 1939).  d) one letter to Eshbach from Leo Margulies, editorial director Standard Magazines, Inc. (Aug. 4, 1939).  e) one letter to Eshbach from Julius Schwartz, literary agent (May 20, 1940).  f) draft, type-script, no corrections, 14p.  g) another draft, type-script, no corrections, 14p.  h) another draft, type-script, no corrections, 17p.

2          25          “The World of Whispering Shadows”          circa 1932-1935
                                   Unpublished.  a) one letter to Eshbach from T. O’Conor Sloane, editor Amazing Stories (Sept. 7, 1932).  b) two letters to Eshbach from Charles W. Hornig, editor Wonder Stories (Nov. 20, 1934 and March 5, 1935).  c) one letter to Eshbach from Leo Margulies, editorial director Standard Magazines, Inc.  d) draft, type-script, no corrections, 27p. (this story was later rewritten or revised and published as “Through the Tesseract” see Eshbach Papers Box 2, Folder 22).

 

Series 2: Fantasy Press Archives, circa 1909-1976

Subseries 2.1: The Fantasy Press Story, undated

3          1          “The Fantasy Press Story” by Lloyd A. Eshbach, editor          undated
                                   Carbon copy, 50p. (includes complete list of the Fantasy Press publications with pertinent information about each book, pp.48-50).

 

Subseries 2.1: John W. Campbell, Jr. Manuscripts, circa 1976

3          2           “All”          circa 1976
                                   Published in The Space Beyond by Pyramid Books (1976).  Written under the pseudonym Don A. Stuart.  Approximately 25,000 words.  Type-script with some corrections.  Signed by Campbell on first and last pages, 101p.

3          3          “Marooned”          circa 1976
                                   Published in The Space Beyond by Pyramid Books (1976).  Written under the pseudonym Karl Van Kampen, approximately 18,000 words, type-script with corrections, 37p.

3          4          “The Space Beyond”          circa 1976
                                   Published in The Space Beyond by Pyramid Books (1976).  First draft, type-script with Campbell’s corrections and holograph notes on first page, 83p.

 

Subseries 2.2: John Taine (Eric Temple Bell) Manuscripts, circa 1909-1954

4          1          The Forbidden Garden          circa 1947
                                   Published by Fantasy Press (1947) under the pseudonym John Taine.  Holograph manuscript, first draft is final draft, erasures and corrections are almost non-existent, 522p.

4          2          GOG 666          circa 1954
                                   Published by Fantasy Press (1954) under the pseudonym John Taine.  Original draft typescript without corrections, 321p.

4          3          The Scarlet Night          circa 1909-1949
                                   Epic science fiction poem, never published.  Began in 1909 and completed in 1949.  Carbon Copy draft, no corrections, with holograph notes on first three manuscript pages.  766p.

 

Subseries 2.2: E.E. Smith Manuscripts and Correspondence, 1947-1976

Sub-subseries series 2.2.1: Skylark Series, circa 1947-1966

5          1          Spacehound of I.P.C.          circa 1947
                                   Published by Fantasy Press (1947).Reprinted in New York by Ace Books (196-) and Pyramid Books (1972).  Draft, carbon copy with corrections, in hardcover binder, 332p.

5          2          Triplanetary          circa 1948
                                   Published by Fantasy Press (1948).  Reprinted in London, T.V. & Co., Ltd.  Boardman (1954) and in New York, Pyramid Books (1965 & 1970).  Draft, type-script with corrections, 347p.

5          3          Skylark Three          circa 1948
                                   Published by Fantasy Press (1948).  Reprinted in New York, Pyramid Books (1963, 1968, 1970, 1973).  Draft, type-script with corrections, 304p.

6          1          Skylark of Valeron          circa 1949
                                   Published by Fantasy Press (1949).Reprinted in New York, Pyramid Books (1963, 1968).  Draft, typescript with corrections, 297p.

6          2          Skylark Duquesnes          circa 1966
                                   Published by Pyramid Books (1966). Reprinted in New York, Garland Publishing Co. (1975).  a) first draft-working copy, part carbon and part type-script, with corrections, 213p.  b) 24 miscellaneous carbon sheets possibly from other drafts.

 

Sub-subseries series 2.2.2: Lensman Series, circa 1950-1976

6          3          First Lensman          circa 1950
                                   Published by Fantasy Press (1950). Reprinted in London, T.V. Boardman and Co. Ltd. (1955) and in New York, Pyramid Books (1964).  Draft, typescript, no corrections, 356p.

7          1          Galactic Patrol          circa 1950
                                   Published by Fantasy Press (1950).  Reprinted in New York, Pyramid Books (1964, 1970).  Draft, typescript with corrections, 324p. 

7          2          Gray Lensman          circa 1951
                                   Published by Fantasy Press (1951).  Reprinted in Hicksville, N.Y., Gnome Press (1951) and N.Y., Pyramid Books (1955, 1971).  Draft, typescript with corrections, 359p.  (Page no. 1 missing).

7          3          Second Stage Lensman          circa 1953
                                   Published by Fantasy Press (1953).  Reprinted in New York, Pyramid Books (1965, 1970).  Draft, typescript with a few corrections, 366p.

8          1          Children of the Lens          circa 1954
                                   Published by Fantasy Press (1954). Reprinted in New York, Pyramid Books (1966).  Draft, typescript with a few corrections, 362p.

8          2          The Vortex Blaster          circa 1960
                                   Originally published by Fantasy Press (1960) and in Hicksville, New York, Gnome Press (1960).  Draft, typescript with corrections, 239p.

8          3          The Galaxy Primes          circa 1965
                                   Published in New York, Ace Books (1965).  Draft, carbon copy, with corrections, 261p.

8          4          Imperial Stars          circa 1976
                                   Number 1 of the “Family D’Alembert” series written by Smith with Stephen Goldin.  Published in New York, Pyramid Books (1976).  Draft carbon copy, with corrections, 76p.

 

Sub-subseries Series 2.2.3: Correspondence, 1954-1964

8          5          E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith’s correspondence to Lloyd A. Eshbach          Feb. 10, 1963 – May 18, 1964
                                   Includes 18 letters (LAS & TLS) and 2 postcards (both ALS)

8          6          Fantasy Press correspondence between L.A. Eshbach (editor) and Leo Margulies (publisher)           1954-1958
                                   Includes 8 letters (TLS) to Eshbach from Margulies (Nov. 1, 1954 – March 10, 1958).  One letter (carbon copy) to Margulies from Eshbach (April 20, 1955).

 

Series 3: Lloyd Arthur Eshbach Papers 1981 Addition, circa 1983, undated

9          1          “The Fantasy Press Story” by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach.  Draft, typescript with editorial corrections in ink, [1], 31p. (32 leaves)          undated

9          2          “The Fantasy Press Story” by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach          undated
                                   Includes mss. table of contents, notes, and fragment of first draft, on yellow lined paper, 9 leaves.  Draft, photocopy of typescript, including 3 leaves of typescript, with editorial corrections in ink.  [1], 50p. (51 leaves).  [Note: box 3, Folder 1 contains photocopy of the same typescript without mss. corrections].

9          3-5          “Over My Shoulder: Reflections On a Science Fiction Era” by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach          circa 1983
                                    Includes text of “The Fantasy Press Story.”  Draft, typescript on blue paper plus photocopies of typescript, with editorial corrections in ink and some pages pasted up.  [1], [1]-3, 3-21, 26-31, 19-44, 32-50, [1]-17, [1]-12, [1]-13, [1]-10, [1]-12, [1]-14, [1]-17, [1]-4, [1]-2, [1]-4, [1]-2, [1]-4, [1]-3, [1]-3, [1], [1]-6, [4], [1]-17, [8 (with irregular paging).] p. (227 leaves); with a few unnumbered leaves inserted.

9          6-9          Over My Shoulder: Reflections On a Science Fiction Era by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach.  [3], 247p. (250 leaves)          circa 1983
                                   Draft, photocopy of typescript: Introduction, pp. 1-4; The Making of a Science Fiction Fan, pp.5-10; Author! Author!, pp.11-27; A Task of Printer’s Ink, pp.28-33; A Fan Among Fans, pp.34-61; The Fantasy Press Story, pp.62-82; August Derleth and Arkham House, pp.83-100; Grant-Hadley Enterprises—Plus, pp.101-112; Prime Press, Philadelphia, pp.113-125; Gnome Press pp.126-140; Shasta Publishers, pp.141-158; Fantasy Publishing Company, Inc., pp.159-168; a Book or Two, pp.169-193; I Forgot To Say --, pp.194-216; The Books They Published, pp.217-247.

 

Series 4: Lloyd Arthur Eshbach Papers 1993 Addition, circa 1983-1990

10          1-2          Armlet of the Gods, typescript          circa 1986
10          3-4          Armlet of the Gods, revised photocopy          circa 1986
10          5-6          Armlet of the Gods, final typescript          circa 1986
11          1          Armlet of the Gods, page proofs          circa 1986
11          2          Land Beyond the Gate, typescript          circa 1984
11          3          Land Beyond the Gate, manuscript and typescript          circa 1984
11          4          Land Beyond the Gate, final typescript          circa 1984
11          5-6          Land Beyond the Gate, page proofs          circa 1984
12          1          Over My Shoulder, Algis Budry’s Introduction, photocopy          circa 1983
12          2          Over My Shoulder, typescript          circa 1983
12          3-4          Over My Shoulder, typescript and photocopies          circa 1983
12          5-6          Over My Shoulder, typesetting copy, proofs          circa 1983
13          1-2          Over My Shoulder, typesetting copy, proofs          circa 1983
13          3-5          Over My Shoulder, paste-ups, page proofs          circa 1983
14          1-4          Scroll of Lucifer, working copies          circa 1990
14          5-6          Scroll of Lucifer, final copy and page proofs          circa 1990
15          1-2          Scroll of Lucifer, final copy and page proofs          circa 1990
15          3-4          Sorceress of Scath, typescript          circa 1988
15          5-6          Sorceress of Scath, early copy with revisions          circa 1988
16          1-2          Sorceress of Scath, post Del Ray revision          circa 1988
16          3-4          Sorceress of Scath, final copy and proofs          circa 1988
17          1          Various minor and fan correspondence          undated
17          2          “Sister Abigail’s Collection,” manuscripts, typescripts, proofs          undated
17          3          Cosmology, Science Correspondence Club Organ. Milwaukee, WI          undated

 

Series 5: Lloyd Arthur Eshbach Papers 1990 Addition, circa 1980s

18          1          Over My Shoulder: Gnome Press          circa 1980s
18          2          Over My Shoulder: Prime Press          circa 1980s
18          3          Over My Shoulder: Alan E. Nourse          circa 1980s
18          4          Over My Shoulder: A Book or Two: Small Publishers          circa 1980s
18          5          Over My Shoulder: Miscellaneous small publishers          circa 1980s
18          6          Over My Shoulder: Fantasy Pub. Co., Inc.          circa 1980s
18          7          Over My Shoulder: Arkham House          circa 1980s
18          8          Over My Shoulder: Grant-Hadley Enterprises, Inc.          circa 1980s
18          9          Over My Shoulder: E. Mel Korshak (Shasta)          circa 1980s
18          10          Over My Shoulder: Shasta Publishers          circa 1980s

 

Appendix

The following lists Eshbach stories that are referred to in Subseries 1.1, Correspondence, or are found in Subseries 1.2, Short Stories, under revised, variant or retitled titles:

“The Brain of Ali Kahn”.  Published in Wonder Stories (Oct. 1934).  See Science Wonder, Box 1, Folder 5, letters: Feb. 28, 1934; March 8, 1934; March 9, 1934.

“The Brain That Conquered Time”.  See Science Wonder, Box 1, Folder 5, letter: March 16, 1932.

“The Cauldron”.  Published in Strange Stories (Feb. 1940).  Reprinted in Tyrant of Time, Reading, Pa., Fantasy Press (1955).  See Astounding Stories, Box 1 Folder 2, letter: August 17, 1939.  See Science Wonder, Box 1, Folder 5, letter: Sept. 15, 1939.

“City of Dread”.  Published in Tyrant of Time, Reading, Pa., Fantasy Press (1955).  See Science Wonder, Box 1, Folder 5, letters: March 12, 1943; June 2nd 1942.

“Dust”.  Published in Marvel Science Stories (Aug. 1939).  Reprinted in Tyrant of Time, Reading, Pa., Fantasy Press (1955).  See Amazing Stories, Box 1 Folder 1, letter: Nov. 4, 1938.  See Astounding, Box 1, Folder 2, letter: Nov. 14, 1938.  See Marvel Science Stories, Box 1, Folder 3, letter: Jan. 27, 1939 and 3 notes from R.O. Erisman editor.  See Science Wonder, Box 1, Folder 5, letter: Nov. 22, 1938.

“God of Light”.  Published in Startling Stories (Summer 1944).  Reprinted in Tyrant of Time as “The Light from Beyond”, Reading, Pa. Fantasy Press (1955).  See “Shoes-and a Man”, Box 2, Folder 18.

“God of the Rio Moju”.  See Amazing Stories Box 1, Folder 1, letter: Feb. 23, 1939.  See Science Wonder, Box 1, Folder 5, letter: March 2, 1939.

“God That Science Made”.  Published in Science Fiction (Aug. 1939).  Published as “The Place of Orchids” in Tyrant of Time.  Reading, Pa., Fantasy Press (1955).  Originally titled as “The Place of Orchids”, Box 2, Folder 16.

“The Grey Plague”.  Published in Astounding, Box 1, Folder 2, letter: March 14, 1930 with purchase invoice (March 15, 1930).

“Invisible Destroyer”.  Published in Air Wonder Stories (Feb. 1930).  Originally Titled “Vibratory Worlds”.  See Science Wonder, Box 1, Folder 5, letters: Nov. 21, 1929; Feb. 19, 1930.

“Kingdom of Thought”.  Published in Amazing Stories (Aug. 1935).  See Amazing Stories, Box 1, Folder 1, letter: Nov. 8, 1934.

“A Light From Infinity”.  Published in Amazing (March 1932).  See Astounding, Box 1, Folder 2, letter; Aug. 7, 1930.

“Lunar Doom”.  Verse.  Published in Wonder Stories (April 1935).  See Science Wonder, Box 1, Folder 5.

“The Martian Cry”.  Verse.  Published in Wonder Stories (Nov. 1934).  See Science Wonder, Box 1, Folder 5.

“Mutineers of Space”.  Published in Dynamic Science (Feb. 1939).  See Marvel Science, Box 1, Folder 2, letter: Oct. 16, 1938; Oct. 19, 1938; Nov. 7, 1938, Nov. 8, 1938.

“Out of the Past”.  Published in Tales of Wonder (British, Autumn 1938).  See Astounding Stories, Box 1, Folder 2, letter: June 26, 1930.  See Amazing Stories, Box 1, Folder 1, letter: Aug. 13, 1930.

“Shadows from Hesplon”.  Published in Science Fiction (Oct. 1940).  See “Through the Tessaract”, Box 2, Folder 22.

“Singing Blades”.  Published in Strange Stories (Feb. 1940).  Reprinted in Tyrant of Time, Reading, Pa., Fantasy Press (1955).  See Astounding, Box 1, Folder 2, letter: May 18, 1939.  See Weird Tales, Box 1, Folder 6, letter: May 29, 1939.  See Science Wonder, Box 1, Folder 5, letter: July 14, 1939.

“The Time Conqueror”.  Published in Wonder Stories (July 1932). Retitled and revised as “Tyrant of Time”, the title story in Tyrant of Time, Reading, Pa., Fantasy Press (1955).  See Science Wonder, Box 1, Folder 5, letters; Jan. 24, 1933; Sept. 12, 1935; Oct. 11, 1935.

“Wanderer, The”.  Verse.  Published in Wonder Stories (Sept. 1934).  See Science Wonder, Box 1, Folder 5.

“Vibratory Worlds”.  Published as “The Invisible Destroyer” in Air Wonder Stories (May 1930).  See Science Wonder, Box 1, Folder 5, letters: Nov. 21, 1929; Feb. 19, 1930.

“Voice from the Ether”.  Published in Amazing Stories (May 1931).  Reprinted in History of the Science Fiction Magazine (Chicago, 1974).  See Amazing Stories, Box 1, Folder 1, letter: Oct. 21, 1929 and purchase invoice (April 4, 1931).

Chronological Bibliography of Works by Eshbach

*Manuscripts included in this collection

“The Man with the Silver Disc.”  Published in: Scientific Detective Monthly (Feb 1930). (Aug. 1935).

“The Invisible Destroyer.”  Published in: Air Wonder Stories (May 1930).

“The Gray Plague.”  Published in: Astounding Stories (Nov. 1930).

“Valley of Titans.”  Published in: Amazing Stories (March 1931).*

“A Voice from the Ether.”  Published in: Amazing Stories (May 1931).

“A Light from Infinity.”  Published in: Amazing Stories (March 1932).

“The Time Conqueror.”  Published in: Wonder Stories (July 1932).

“The Beast Men.”  Published in: Science Fiction Digest (Dec. 1933).*

“The Man with the Hour Glass.”  Published in: Marvel Tales (May 1934).

“The Wanderer.”  (Science Fiction verse, sonnet form) Published in: Wonder Stories (Sept. 1934).

“The Horde of Elo Hava.”  Published in: Fantasy Magazine (Sept. 1934).*

“The Brain of Ali Kahn.”  Published in: Wonder Stories (Oct. 1934).

“The Martian Cry.”  (Science Fiction verse, sonnet form)  Published in: Wonder Stories (Nov. 1934).

“Lunar Doom.”  (Science Fiction verse, sonnet form).  Published in: Wonder Stories (April 1935).

“The Elfin Lights.”  Published in: Marvel Tales (Summer 1935) under the pseudonym Anders W. Drake.*

“The Kingdom of Thought.”  Published in: Amazing Stories (Aug. 1935).

“The Meteor Miners.”  Published in: Amazing Stories (Dec. 1935).

“The Outpost on Ceres.”  Published in: Amazing Stories (Oct. 1936).*

“Isle of the Undead.”  Published in: Weird Tales (Oct. 1936).*

“The Chimu Treasure.”  Published as “The Chimu Horde” in: The Toronto Star Weekly (4 part serial, Sept. 1937) under the pseudonym W. Anders Drake.*

“Out of the Past.”  Published in: Tales of Wonder, British publication (Autumn 1938).

“Mutineers of Space.”  Published in: Dynamic Science Stories (Feb. 1939).

“Dust.”  Published in: Marvel Science Stories (Aug. 1939).

“The God that Science Made.”  Published in: Science Fiction (Aug. 1939). Retitled and published later as “The Place of Orchids.”*

“Three Wise Men.”  Published in: Startling Stories (Nov. 1939).*

“Singing Blades.”  Published in: Strange Stories (Feb. 1940).

“The Cauldron.”  Published in: Strange Stories (April 1940).  Retitled and published later as “The Cauldron of Life in Tyrant of Time, Fantasy Press (1955).

“The Shadows from Hesplon.”  Published in: Science Fiction (Oct. 1940).  Originally titled “Through the Tessaract.”*

“The Hyper Sense.”  Published in: Startling Stories (Jan. 1941).*

“God of Light.”  Published in: Startling Stories (Summer 1944).

Of Worlds Beyond, The Science of Science Fiction Writing.  Edited by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach.  A symposium by Robert A. Heinlein, John Taine, Jack Williamson, A.E. Van Vogt, L. Sprague decamp, Edward E. Smith, Ph.D. & John W. Campbell, Jr.  Reading, Pa., Fantasy Press (1947).

“Out of the Sun.”  Published in: Fantasy Book #4 (1948).*

“Overlord of Earth.”  Published in: Marvel Science Stories (Nov. 1950).*

“City of Dread.”  Published in: Tyrant of Time by L.A. Eshbach, Reading, Pa., Fantasy Press (1955).

“Spaceways Incident.”  Published in: Tyrant of Time by L.A. Eshbach, Reading, Pa., Fantasy Press (1955).

Tyrant of Time.  Reading, Pa., Fantasy Press (1955).

“The Fuzzies.”  Published in: Fantastic Universe (July 1957).

“The Scroll of Valoki.”  Issued in: Science Adventure Stories, Comet Publications (fanzine, Ozzie Train et al), n.d., v. 1, no. 1.*

Radio Plays

Four series of 13 weeks each – broadcast in mid-1930”s.  Written in collaboration with H. Donald Spatz:

“Tales of Tomorrow”
“Cupid’s Capers”
“Tales of the Crystal”
“The Bronze Buddha”

Chronological Bibliography of Works Published by Fantasy Press

Spacehounds of I.P.C., Edward E. Smith, Ph.D., 2/12/47
The Legion of Space, Jack Williamson, 5/24/47
The Forbidden Garden, John Taine,  8/29/47
Of Worlds Beyond, edited by L.A. Eshbach, 8/30/47
The Book of Ptath, A.E. VanVogt, 12/8/47
The Black Flame, Stanley G. Weinbaum, 2/20/48
Triplanetary, Edward E. Smith, Ph.D.,  4/26/48
Beyond this Horizon, Robert A. Heinlein, 6/30/48
Sinister Barrier, Eric Frank Russell, 8/6/48
Skylark Three, Edward E. Smith, Ph.D., 10/5/48
Divide and Rule, L. Sprague DeCamp, 11/26/48
Darker Than You Think, Jack Williamson, 12/30/48
Skylark of Valeron, Edward E. Smith, Ph.D.,  3/7/49
A Martian Odyssey and Others, Stanley G. Weinbaum, 4/12/49
Seven Out of Time, Arthur Leo Zagat, 7/1/49
The Incredible Planet, John W. Campbell, Jr., 10/7/49
First Lensman, Edward E. Smith, Ph.D., 1/2/50
Masters of Time, A.E. VanVogt,  3/30/50
The Bridge of Light, A. Hyatt Verrill, 6/9/50
Genus Homo, L. Sprague DeCamp & P. Schuyler Miller, 7/1/50
The Cometeers, Jack Williamson, 11/5/50
Galactic Patrol, Edward E. Smith, Ph.D., 11/24/50
The Moon is Hell, John W. Campbell, Jr., 1/2/51
Dreadful Sanctuary, Eric Frank Russell, 3/27/51
Beyond Infinity, Robert Spencer Carr, 6/8/51
Seeds of Life, John Taine, 6/29/51
Gray Lensman, Edward E. Smith, Ph.D., 10/15/51
The Heads of Cerberus, Francis Stevens, 4/1/52
The Crystal Horde, John Taine, 6/20/52
The Red Peri, Stanley G. Weinbaum, 8/15/52
The Legion of Time, Jack Williamson, 11/10/52
The Titan, P. Schuyler Miller, 12/10/52
Second Stage Lensman, Edward E. Smith, Ph.D.,  2/20/53
The Abyss of Wonders, Perley Poore Sheehan, 4/8/53
The Black Star Passes, John W. Campbell, Jr.,  6/30/53
Man of Many Minds, E. Everett, 12/23/53
Assignment in Eternity, Robert A. Heinlein, 1953
Deep Space, Eric Frank Russell, 7/2/24
Three Thousand Years, Thomas Calvert McClary, 8/5/54
Children of the Lens, Edward E. Smith, Ph.D.,  9/13/54
Operation: Outer Space, Murray Leinster, 10/27/54
G.O.G. 666, John Taine, 12/31/54
Tyrant of Time, Lloyd Arthur Eshbach, 1/2/55
Under the Triple Suns, Stanton A. Coblentz, 2/11/55
Alien Minds, E. Everett Evans, 8/30/55
Islands of Space, John W. Campbell, Jr., 1956
The History of Civilization, Edward E. Smith, Ph.D.,  75 sets
The Vortex Blaster, Edward E. Smith, Ph.D., 8/27/60
Invaders from the Infinite, John W. Campbell, Jr., 1961