For Thursday, we are considering the inner world of science-fiction readership through the reader-discussion columns in Astounding 21, no. 6 (check the syllabus for the link and page references. At the same time, we should consider not just the subfield of SF but the large-scale literary field.
I have culled some results from searching some historical databases for "science fiction" in the 1940s. Please read these excerpts, mostly from the New York Times, with an eye to the image of science fiction being presented to a large-scale, non-specialized newspaper-reading public by book reviewers and reporters. Bring to class a couple of notes on what you have noticed (I will print up some copies for class, so we can look at them together).
Read in chronological order:
Prescott, Orville. "Books of the Times." New York Times, June 7, 1946. http://search.proquest.com.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/docview/107524211?accountid=13626.
Lissner, Will. "Men from Mars Give Soviet Jumps." New York Times, May 14, 1948. http://search.proquest.com.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/docview/108199404?accountid=13626.
Parke, Richard H. "Street & Smith Giving Up ‘Pulps’." New York Times, April 9, 1949. http://search.proquest.com.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/docview/105659022?accountid=13626.
"Here is the World of Tomorrow." Advertisement. New York Times, October 30, 1949. http://search.proquest.com.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/docview/105905817?accountid=13626.
Prescott, Orville. "Books of the Times." New York Times, December 26, 1949. http://search.proquest.com.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/docview/105821835?accountid=13626
Review of My Best Science Fiction Story, edited by Leo Margulies and Oscar J. Friend. Washington Post, January 15, 1950. http://search.proquest.com.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/docview/152281268?accountid=13626.
Pierce, J. R. Review of Best Science Fiction Stories: 1949, edited by Everett F. Bleiler and T. E. Dikty. Science n.s. 111, no. 2872 (January 1950): 44-45. http://www.jstor.org.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/stable/1676089.
Grove, Lee. "Pen Pals Meet at a Scientific ‘Disclave’ here." Washington Post, May 1, 1950. http://search.proquest.com.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/docview/152300775?accountid=13626.
Jackson, Joseph Henry. "For the Writer, California is a New Bucks County." New York Times, May 7, 1950. http://search.proquest.com.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/docview/111372326?accountid=13626.