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The Black Flame

The Black Flame

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"In his short career, Stanley G. Weinbaum revolutionized science fiction. We are still exploring the themes he gave us. How good to have this early work again, and now with the author's complete text. It is not only of great historical interest, it is a colorful, inventive, and exciting story."
Poul Anderson

"During the single year of 1935, Astounding published seven stories by Weinbaum; and in March 1936 . . . his obituary. His entire career had spanned little more than eighteen months, and is the saddest 'what might have been' in the whole history of science fiction."
Arthur C Clarke

"Somehow [Weinbaum] had the imagination to envisage wholly alien situations and psychologies and entities, to devise consistent events from wholly alien motives and to refrain from the cheap dramatics in which all adventure-pulpists wallow. "
H P Lovecraft

"Stanley G. Weinbaum's name deserves to rank with those of Wells and Heinlein - and no more than a handful of others - as among the great shapers of modern science fiction. Sadly, most of the marvelous works he produced in his all too brief career were in the form of short stories and novelettes, and so are overlooked by many of today's readers. Which is all the more reason to rejoice that Tachyon Publications has brought his novel, The Black Flame, back into print for us to read - and moreover, for the first time, it is published just as Weinbaum wrote it. "
Frederik Pohl

When The Black Flame was first published in 1939, Stanley G. Weinbaum had already been dead for three years. By that time, over 18,000 words had been excised or edited from the original manuscript. The intact manuscript, held by Sam Moskowitz, was auctioned off to Forrest J Ackerman at the First World Science Fiction Convention in 1939. It was subsequently stolen from his collection and never recovered. The publication of this edition was made possible by the discovery of a carbon copy of the manuscript in a trunk of Weinbaum's papers found in the basement of his grandson's house in Denver, Colorado.

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Hardback Editions

1995 : USA Hardback
Title: The black flame
Author(s): Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
ISBN: 0-9648320-0-3 / 978-0-9648320-0-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tachyon
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February 1981 : USA Hardback
Title: Black Flame
Author(s): Stanley G Weinbaum
ISBN: 0-88411-988-2 / 978-0-88411-988-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amereon Ltd
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Paperback Editions

November 1997 : USA Paperback
Title: The Black Flame
Author(s): Stanley G Weinbaum
ISBN: 0-9648320-8-9 / 978-0-9648320-8-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
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Kindle Editions

November 2014 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Black Flame
Author(s): Stanely G Weinbaum
Publisher: eStar Books
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