NOVAE TERRAE #18 - Vol. 2 No. 6 (November 1937)


and: Also mailed out with this issue was the Peace Pledge Union folder.

Copytyping this issue by Rob Hansen.

Original cover by Frank W. F. Dobby (as traced here by Harry Turner).
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November 1937 Volume 2, Number 6

Editor Maurice K. Hanson

Associates Edward. J. Carnell, Arthur C. Clarke

Editorial Address 25 Bernard Street, Russell Sq., London WC1, England.

Price 2d. (5 cents) a copy, 1/9 (45 cents) 12 issues.

Hot From the Press
by D.W.F. Mayer

A now popular science book by Professor A. M. Low has appeared (Professor Low is, an Honorary Member of the SFA) bearing the title "Conquering Space and Time" (Nelson 3/6) as well as his science- fiction novel "Mars Breaks Through" (Joseph 7/6).

An amazing indication of the growing appeal of science-fiction in this country can be found in the fact that the Xmas Annual "THE BOYS WORLD OF ADVENTURE" possesses a scientifically accurate space-ship cover aud contains five out of thirteen stories pure science-fiction, being reprints from "SCOOPS" togother with their original illustrations. Published by Pearson (2/6) the book is an admirable present for a young relative -- when you have read it yourself.

H. G. Wells' fourth book this year ("The Samford Visitation" -- Methuen 2/6} is a delightful novelette bound to appeal to all lovers of fantasy and especially to "Star-Begotten" idalists who revel in Wells' comments on human pig-headedness. Wells follows up his remarks on Education at the British Association 1937 meeting with outspoken coments on our classical universities through the medium of a being who has come from "beyond space and time"........

By the way...give BOOKS (s-f of course) this Xmas.

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Criteria of the Fan
by "The Paragon"

Though the word. "fan" is perhaps not all that might be desired in the way of a dignified expression representative of the mature and responsible individuals some science-fiction enthusiasts think they are, its very common use has prompted the writer to employ it indescriminately in these lines.

No one, I believe, has ever forrmulated a strictly scientific definition of the science-fiction fan on the lines of "a being who partakes of enormous quantities of pseudo-scientific literature with every indication of relish and whose enthusiasm for this reading-matter is exceeded in extent only by his critical faculties" or, for that matter on any other lines. This is possibly due, however, to the fact that no definition of less than encyclopaedic proportions could hope to cope with the majority of people upon whom the designation "fan" is 'conferred. Nevertheless, the most youthful and the most senile fans have qualities in common that are not collectively possessed by the rank and file of rich men and poor men, or even beggar-men and thieves.

What little evidence there is seems to indicate that these characteristics are not inherited. How many fans have noticed marked scientific fiction- loving propensities in their parents? Few indeed, but ample opportunity for obtaining a similar generalization with regard to their offspring has been hitherto with-held since few fans are at present so blessed. It is an enigmatic point how fan-like characteristics come to arise in any particular individual, but perhaps like H. G. Wells, we may attribute it to the all-pervading cosmic ray.

Not a great deal can be said about the physical qualities of fans, though the discriminating observer may note one or two points. There are tall fans and short fans, and fair fans and dark fans. They do

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not in general possess a lean and hungry look, but there is indeed a unique expression in their eyes. Thoughtful is perhaps too strong a word, but there are signs that an out of the ordinary mind belongs to their possessor; the expression may be the result of prolonged introspection for there is no doubt that the large majority of fans are introverts.

At least nine-tenths are less than thirty years old, possibly due to the fact that the wiles of the goddess of science-fiction are effective only on callow and impetuous youth. Indications of intelligence are rather more noticeable amongst fans than amongst many other people, and there is a definitie tendency for fans to express an interest in sociology and a distaste for the present conditions of the society that Man has evolved. This is doubtless a result of the manner in which a study of science-fiction gives a view of the cosmos in its true perspective; there is, indeed, a tendency for the fan to see just a little further. than the end of his nose.

Though they see nothing intrinsically funny in the Abominable Snowmen, I would suggest that fans are for the most part gifted with a better than average sense of humour. A creation like Zarnak amuses them immensely, but to make them really helpless with merriment there is nothing better than a "Staple War".

Since it became fashionable to sneer at fans at every opportunity it is surprising that little use has been made of their notoriously sound knowledge of the value of money. They are extremely careful to avoid wanton squandering of wordly riches and though possessing an unbounded enthusiasm and admiration for science-fiction they can never be accused of spending more on it than they can afford. Much has been made too, of their aggressiveness and "American science- fiction organisations" and

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"quarrels" are nowadays regarded as being practically synonymous. However, not a tithe of the amount of criticism of the fan in this respect has been made that one would expect when editors, authors, and the public at large denounce the fan in unison. There is little doubt that these three factions realize that their criticisms have no real foundations whatever and accordingly cannot acquit themselves in this criticizing business with their usual success. Fans are indeed the most peaceful and harmless of individuals and it would be a gross libel to suggest anything to the contrary.

Ad astra, fans, ad astra!

by John C. H. Drummond

"Why Bio-Chemistry?" the puzzled enquirer will ask, and with reason too. The prefix in 'biochemistry' is often a source of confusion to many people, and it is my intention to try and clear the mental fog that seems to have enveloped many present- day folk.

Organic chemistry started in 1828 when the German chemist Wohler synthesised the compound urea, (carbamide). This epoch-making discovery was also the foundation stone of bio-chemistry as urea is one of the most important physiological compounds, playing as it does so important a part in all branches of biology.

From 1828 onwards organic chemistry advanced with amazing rapidity, leaving behind it in the eternal hall of fame such universally respected names as Pasteur, I big, Bunsen and many others and as it was realised by those men and their contemporaries that the dividing line between the spheres of organic chemistry and what was then termed "the chemistry of living things" was a very narrow one. Indeed,

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the territory often overlapped. When it was found that a large number of biological processes that were going on inside living things like plants and the human body could be duplicated in the laboratory, bio- chemistry came into being, and was defined as that branch of organic chemistry which deals with problems connected with all biological and physiological processes.

The branches and practical applications of bio-chemistry are too numerous to be dealt with here in detail, and we must be content with the naming of the more important ones.

The numerous pill and cough-mixture vendors that flood our cities would soon be bankrupt without the aid of the bio-chemist to help them in bringing out new "remedies"; likewise their partners in crime, the pharmacologists, wouldn't altogether be millionaires if left to their own devices. Agriculture, too, owes a large part of its present success to bio-chemistry due to our advanced knowledge of the soil and its accompanying bacterial inhabitants.

But it is physicians and surgeons, especially those engaged in modern hospitals, who are particularly grateful to the researches of the bio-chemist, for it is to him they turn on innumerable occasions for the advice and experience that only he can give. One might quote an everyday case:

An ambulance picks up a woman who has collapsed in the street and she is rushed to hospital. While an examination is being conducted by the physician a sample of her blood is sent to the chemical pathology laboratory where the chemists co-operate as one man to get the all-important report through with a minmum of delay. A human life is at stake and may depend on their speed and accuracy.

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In such a case both physician and surgeon realise there is nothing to be done but wait until the chemists have submitted the result of their analysis. The mythical result in this case is obviously of no importance, since it is the principle that matters, but for the sake of argument it will be supposed that the glucose content of the blood was found to be abnormally high. The treatment in such a case becomes obvious; a few well-calculated doses of insulin and another victim of diabetes is given a new lease of life, a victim who would have died probably in the prime of her life but who now lives to be eternally grateful to this great science. Thus we see that bio-chemistry not only aids, but on occasion takes precedence in the noblest of all vocations - the work of healing the sick.

When one realises the credit that is due to the men who have toiled unceasingly for years to bring to a state of practical utility the disconnected facts aud theories that were propounded years ago by the heroes of chemistry in`the nineteenth century, one can but regret that those men are not alive today to know the benefit they have conferred on humanity.

The fruit of their work is a lasting tribute and memorial to those who toiled without respite, often in the face of rebuff and ridicule, upheld only by their faith, vision and undaunted courage. These are the true heroes of chivalry.

Are You a True Science-Fictionist?
by Eric C. Williams

Ask yourself this question: "Am I an enthusiast of science-fiction because it entertains me? or because it expresses a want within me for sureness and order in the world?" Put thus, the latter half is rather obscure and I will endeavour to explain.

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Many fans wish with all their might for an expansion of science-fiction into the masses. They want to see it read by every child and parent. They hope that one day through increased sales they will see ten or more high-grade science-fiction magazines every week on the stands with several brilliantly produced quarterlies to fill up. This apparently is their aim and dream; it may not be so luxurious, but in essence it is so. As it stands, it is a purely selfish wish, and to tell the truth a useless one.

Why should people read science-fiction rather than detective or human stories? Is not fifty per cent of this science-fiction poorly written and utterly useless? I think that even the staunchest reader will admit this. There is, however, a reason why people should at least peruse some of the better-class science-fiction, and it is simply to force into them (for good science-fiction has a jolt in it) that there are other things - wider things - than football, the office, and friends.

I doubt whether there is one solid science-fictionist who can avoid considering the world rather than his nation and an assortment of foreigners. This is only brought about by realising the true proportion of things, of his own self to the human race; of his nation to the world. In the world of newspapers and tube-trains all this ((is)) exaggerated and inflamed. How can the little man fend for himself against the blaring headlines "Child's body found mutilated" or "U.S. battleship hit". These things are the secondary things, the primary things can only be found in his brain after a careful sifting and sealing of evidence. And again, how can this be done with a mind too heavy with irrelevant tragedy and squabbles?

You are a valuable science-fictionist if you want to banish this narrowness by giving the world the breadth of science-fiction; but you are certainly wrong if you want to flood the world with conventional science-fiction. Conventional science-fiction is worse than useless; it is that which is

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holding science-fiction in its narrow circle. If there is anything worth going all out for, it is the introduction of sociology into science-fiction and decreasing the amount of rough and tumble.

And now to return. If you don't care much for the world as whole, CARE...YES, examine politics, get some idea of what is thought; just keep your Utopian ideas as playthings; this world of Nations is going to take more than a band of scientists to tame and put right.

The Future
by Albert Griffiths

Up from primaeval slime, through innumerable vicissitudes and over countless obstacles the human race has arisen, till it finds itself on a high plane of achievement. It now dares to look forward, into the future.

The race is what it is at present by Evolution, a blind upthrusting force, but what it will be in, say, twenty~five generations will depend to a much less degree upon this force. For the first time in Earth's history there has arisen a species which finds itself able to remember its past. Thus remembering the mistakes of past generations, it can control its future. For the first time an aggregation of minds and intellects has been brought about and it seems reasonable to suppose that these mind and intellects will attempt somehow to control the race's future.

The human race is still very young; one might almost say that it is yet in its adolescence. Its history is one long record of successive experiments and attempts to combat the alien and inimical forces which

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surround it. Even now, it is still experimenting, still trying to adapt itself to fantastically new conditions. It has hardly, as yet, been able to think over and consider the vast, well-nigh unmeasurable range of possibilities that lie ahead of it.

Such sporadic attempts as have been made towards a realization of these possibilities have served only to contrast our present-day mess and muddle to what might be - to a vision of a race, free and unburdened, rising ever higher.

It is this mess and muddle, this all- engulfing chaos that today causes one school of thought to say "What Good is this Progress?!' To what is it leading us? Are we, as men and women, any the better for this over-marching progress? Are we happier?" To answer this question is difficult. How can I answer it who am so young and unwise? I can only say that all the wide-spread misery and degredation that are so much a part of our modern world exist, not because of Progress but in spite of it - chaallenges inviting further battle. We must wipe out these hideous blots. If we do not, or if we cannot, then we must finish as a race unfit to live.

We find that there exists no obstacle to what we might be, no obstacle to an increase in our powers. We must then realise those powers; we must be what we might be; we must progress. But in what direction?

Shall we build up a civilization of bigger and better bombs? Shall we prostitute our science to greed and avarice, perhaps destroying our race in the process? Or shall we try to build up a true civilization in which men and women can be happy? This is the only type of civilization that, in the long run, will endure. It is in fact a true civilization as opposed to this blundering blasphemy, this already tottering mock-civilization which we measure in terms of sky-scrapers and sex.

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I do not say that we should have a Utopia. This is an impossibility. Even supposing that we were able to have a "physical" Utopia, our minds would still be in combat with outside influences. We should still, as individuals, each have to adjust ourselves to those conditions. We would still be animalistic to a certain degree, and those tendencies would occur in each generation and would have to be conquered or sublimated. Our minds are too restless by far for any Utopia; always shall we look ahead. Even in our race's final defeat, the inevitable slow degeneration and disapperance, we would still have our glorious past to remember and sigh over.

No insipid Utopia then, will our future be, but something - infinitely more beautiful, something that makes we who contemplate it catch our breaths and feel an upwelling of pride that we are humans. It will be a period when we shall, all of us, be able to carry to the limit all those ideas, emotions and spiritual values that are slowly emerging into our consciousness. We shall grasp all the fruits that science holds out to us. But we shall not become cold and inhuman because of this science, for we shall realize that great as it is, it is not an end, but a means to an end.

All this we can do. All this we will do.


The first article in D. R. Smith's brilliant new Cosmic Case series appeared last month - "The Right of a Race to Live". It has proved to be the most acclaimed article ever published in this magazine. In the next issue Cosmic Case No. 2 will appear -- "Tha Right of a Race to Colonize" - and it will be even better than its predecessor.

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By Ted Carnell

This month's news must perforce be short, owing to the lack of any arriving, but the most interesting and important is that contained in Olon Wiggins December "Science Fiction Fan" which includes a quoted reference from "Astounding Stories". As this news is what we have all been waiting to hear, I am quoting his editorial completely, giving him full credit for obtaining it.

"This month's editorial" he writes, "will be devoted to spiking those rumours that have been going round concerning the supposedly bad struggle that ASTOUNDING was to have been going through. Due to recent rearrangemets at 'Street and Smith's' Mr. Tremaine's duties have been so expanded as to force him to turn the editorship over to John W. Campbell, Jr. I have been informed by Editor all the latest rumours are are fairy tales and hokum. ASTOUNDING is not losing circulation, it is gaining. It already has the largest of any science-fiction magazine in the world. I hope that this straightens out the muddle, and the least said about it hereafter the better off all science- fiction will be. Any rumours you hear after this, unless it comes from Editor Campbell's own mouth, you can absolutely ignore.

"Mr. Tremaine, although turning the editorship over to Campbell, will maintain a friendly advisory interest in the magazine. There will incidentally, be only very few changes in editorial policy as Mr. Tremaine's policies have been liked by the readers, which is an excellent reason to continue them. Occasionally a change will be made, and a trial period elapse while the readers - through the rejuvenated Brass Tacks - express their opinions. Brass Tacks exists for that purpose - the

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expression of opinions and the making of suggestions and that is one department which you will see expand during the next few months. (This paragraph was quoted from Mr. Campbell's letter)."

Thank you Mr. Wiggins. It only remains for us to wish Mr. Campbell the best of success at his new job, and the hope that we shall still read series from him under the name "Don A. Stuart".

Science-Fiction v. Mr.Youd.
by Arthur C. Clarke

Science and Fiction - when we combine the two, in what proportion should the ingredients be mixed? I do not propose to be a latter day Mrs. Beeton, but I feel that unless someone gives a ruling on this vexed point, many homes will be wrecked and many deadly feuds will spring up in the already none-too-well united ranks of fandom.

Mr. Youd in the last issue of our magazine, made certain remarks on the subject which I feel cannot be left unanswered. No-one, I think, not even the typical Russellian fan (should he unfortunately exist) will dispute the fact that without style no story, no matter how novel in conception, can be good science-fiction. But the converse also holds true - splendid writing cannot redeem a story based on scientific absurdities. It is for this reason that I personally have never been able to enjoy Wandrei's "Colossus".

Mr. Youd is making an unjustifiable generalisation when he says that his third class of reader (the "scientific" variety) cares little about style as long as the science is accurate, and he goes even further astray when he says that story-writing and science are incompatible. The speed and action in

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E. E. Smith's stories have seldom been beaten - even Hawk Carse was no quicker on the draw than Dick Seaton and Blackie Duquesne. Yet there is a whole new universe of scientific thought in the "Skylark" stories. It is universally agreed (for once) that Weinbaum was one of the best writers ever to enter the science-fiction field, and his stories also contained a considerable amount of careful and accurate science.

Science and literature can go - and have gone - hand in hand. There is no necessity to sacrifice one for the other, and to do so is an admission of failure. Mr. Youd's favourite author, Campbell-Stuart, has proved this again and again in "The Mightiest Machine" and elsewhere. I think, also, that I am justified in calling that superb writer Sir James Johns to give evidence of the scientific side of the case.

Perhaps the trouble lies in the word "science-fiction" itself, which is liable to antagonize artistically-minded people. For many purposes "fantasy" is a better word as it covers such splendid stories as "At the Mountains of Madness" and "The City of the Singing Flame" which one can hard1y call scientific Lovecraft's creeps and horrors are are all a lot of bunk when analysed, but his style is so good that no one cares.

There is no objection, I believe to stories which ignore science or invent totally new science, as long as they are consistent with what we already know. We don't mind "thought-variants" which keep within the bounds of logic, but what cannot be tolerated are stories based on disortions of scientific laws and truths.

Compare - if possible - the stories of Taine and Fearn. When Taine steps outside the bounds of present knowledge and builds up conceptions like "The TimeStream" we can watch with joy

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and admiration. When Fearn, perhaps with a really good basic idea, starts to embroider it with the help of the Blackpool Free Library the result is not so good a story. (Remember, for instance "The Blue Infinity", wherein the immeasurably small attraction of Alpha Centauri moved the whole earth. Unlike Snooks, Fearn never bothered to repeal the law of inverse squares.)

Many readers, the most influential and important section I might even say, enjoy science and. fine writing equally. The coldly calculating man who doesn't care a damn for style is a figment of Mr. Youd's imagination. Accurate science and good literature - we want them both, and until we get them we won't be satisfied.

"Novae Terrae" Panel of Critics

In order that the editors may obtain some definite idea of the reactions of readers to the various features incorporated in "Novae Terrae", a panel of critics has been formed the members of which have undertaken to report regularly their criticisms of the magazine.

At the time of writing the panel has rapidly grown and consists of about thirty of the originally contemplated fifty members. The eventual size of the membership of the panel will have no definite limit and any reader sufficiently generous to offer his services will be welcomed. At least another twenty members are required, but it is hoped that many more will be obtained.

Members of the panel Will be required to fill up a form of questionnaire each month and forward it to the editor together with any comments they may wish to make. A copy of the current questionnaire is included with this issue and readers are invited to use it and become members of the "Novae Terrae" Panel of Critics.

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It is understood that all matter and criticisms received will be regarded as confidential and will be treated accordingly.

"Reviews - In a Nutshell" in its usual form has been discontinued and its place will be taken by a series of reviews, of which the one below is the first, of one magazine each month written by a prominent fan. December "Astounding Stories" will be reviewed next month by Arthur C. Clarke.

reviewed by D. R. Smith

A Month a Minute by Ralph Milne Farley - FAIR
Another good idea and another stock story. Human interest - love interest, I don't think. Love interest - typically futile plot. I could weep.

Red Shards on Ceres by Raymond Z. Gallun - READABLE
One stock plot plus some stock characters hardly makes a story.

The Tenth Wonder by John W. Campbell, Jr. - GOOD
Take two well formed characters, place carefully in an original plot, stir in a quantity of science, season generously with humour and the result is good.

Beyond the Curtain by R. M. Williams - VERY FAIR
A surprising advance in technique over "Zero a Limit". Not strictly original, but who cares?

The Mind Magnet by Paul Ernst - READABLE
Realism very low. Originality faint.

When Space Burst by Edmond Hamilton - READABLE
What science! What originality! What characters! What an ending: One is almost sick with admiration. (Quotation)

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The Bloodless Peril by Will Garth - FAIR
What fools these Scientists be!


Eight Days in the History of Rocketry by Willy Ley - GOOD
The first is by far the most dramatic incidcnt ever published under any title in TWS. The others are only interesting.

Scientifacts (WHAT a word!)
A feature well worth commending!

This had gone with Zarnak who would have wept?

Sir James Jeans. Wowsa!

Delicate irony from Mr. Lowndes.

Science Questions and Answers
An interesting feature. List of elements in human body omits iodine for one.

Pooey to the illustrations from me.

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Executive Committee Report Editorial Note: Any communications regarding the substance of this report should be sent to Headquarters and NOT to the Editor.

HEADQUARTERS: Once again we are obliged to change the address of Headquarters. The reason for this is in the Leeds Branch report. The new address to which all official communication should be sent (unlesss otherwise specified) is -
20, Hollin Park Road, Roundhay, LEEDS 8, England.

NEW MEMBERS: We are glad to welcome the following new members: J. C. H. Drummond (Camden Town); S. J. Bounds (Kingston -on-Thames): H. T. May (Catford); E.Longley (Portsmouth); H. S. J. Chibbett (Bowes Park) ; E. W. Fits (Oak Park, Illinois, USA).

COUNCIL: The Council Election closed on October 31st, 51 voting forms being returned, and the votes were divided as follows: D.W.F. Mayer (47); M.K. Hanson (45); W.H. Gillings (38); F. Pragnell (31); E.J. Carnell (30); L.J. Johnson (27); K. G. Chapman (26); H. Warnes (26): E.C. Williams (24); A.C. Clarke (21): D.R. Smith (20); W.A. Gibson (18). Mr. Warnes stood down in favour of Mr. Chapman so tho SFA Council until January 1st, 1939 will be constituted as follows: E. J. Carnell, K. G. Chapman, W.H. Gillings, M.K. Hanson, L.J. Johnson, D.W.F. Mayer and F. Pragnell. Mr. K. G. Chapman of 59A Tremaine Road, Anerley, London, S.E.20 was elected Chairman of the Council and will act as a centre of communication between the various members of the Council. All matters requiring the attention of the Council should. be addressed to Mr. Chapman.

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: The Council has elected the following members of the Executive Committee of three: G.A. Airey, D.W.F. Mayer, and H. Warnes all of Leeds. The Secretary of this Committee who automatically becomes General Secretary of the SFA will be D.W.F. Mayer of 20 Hollin Park Road, Roundhay, Leeds 8.

OFFICIALS: In collaboration with the Council, the Executive Committee have appointed the following as additional Executive Officials: Treasurer: E.J. Carnell, 17 Burwash Road, Plumstead, S.E.18. Editor of "Novae Terrae": M.K. Hanson, 25 Bernard Street, W.C.1. Librarian: E.C. Williams, 11 Clowders Road, Catford, S.E.6. Please note, however, that although the finances of the Association will be controlled by Mr. Carnell in collaboration with the London members of the Council, subscriptions must still be paid to Headquarters.

PUBLICATIONS: We still have a few copies of the British Science-Fiction Bibliography for sale at 6d (15 cents), containing full details of over 200 s-f books (British). There is also in stock of a few copies of the first issue of "Amateur Science Stories" at 6d. A 3-issue subscription to this is 1/- (25 cents). We repeat the request that members who've tried their hand at writing should submit their efforts for consideration. Helpful criticism is given in all cases when stories are not acceptable.

TOMORROW: We would remind readers that in order that this may be printed with the Spring 1938 issue we must have more subscribers. For evey two subscribers you obtain you become entitled to a quarter of a free SFA sub. The annual subscription is 1/9 (50 cents) and persons subscribing before 1st January 1938 will receive an additional issue. There has been such a demand for copies of the summer issue that our stocks are exhausted and we intend shortly to publish a second identical edition at 6d. per copy. Orders may be placed now.

BACK NUMBER SUPPLY SERVICE: We shall be glad to hear from anyone, member or otherwise, who has s-f magazines issued prior to 1935 for disposal.

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Branch Report:

LEEDS BRANCH: The winter series of talks commenced on Oct. 30th with Mr. Mayer's "Some New Sources of Energy" describing some of the schemes outlined for obtaining useful power from the sun, winds, ocean currents, waves, tides, evaporation, earth's heat etc. On November 7th Messrs. Airey, Gillard, Mayer and Warnes visited London to attend a London Branch meeting enjoying a very pleasant time both at and after, the meeting. During the past few months the Branch has been greatly indebted to Mr. Warnes for the use of his house as a Branch meeting place and as SFA Headquarters. As Mr. Warnes has recently moved to 62 Thorne Grove, Gipton, Leeds 8, it was decided that the Branch should once again secure a permanent club-room of its own in which it could instal its Library, mimeograph apparatus, etc. Such a room has been sourced and is being prepared. Letters dealing with the Branch should be sent to the Chairman, Mr. Warnes, whereas all official SFA letters should be sent to 20 Hollin Park Road, Roundhay, Leeds 8.

LOS ANGELES BRANCH: The Branch recently commenced the publication of its own magazine IMAGINATION! Two issues have already appeared the first hekto- and the second mimeographed. Subscription rates are 10 cents a copy or a dollar a year. At the first Sept. meeting the Branch was addressed by author J.W. Skidmore who gave a talk on "Colour Chemistry". Meetings take place regularly twice a month. Chairman: R.J. Hodgkins, 1903 West 84th Place, Los Angeles, California, USA.

LONDON BRANCH: The report for this perforce appears on the enclosed "Novae Terrae" P of C questionnaire.

"Novae Terrae" Panel of Critics

Questionnaire No. 1. - November 1937

You are invited to fill this up and return it to Maurice K. Hanson, 25 Bernard Street, Russell Square, London W.C.1., England.

Your statements will be treated as confidential.

  1. Would you prefor "Novae Terrae" to be printed if this entailed double subscription rates and bi- monthly appearance?

  2. Do you care for the type of cover on the Nov, issue?
    Would you prefer a more realistic drawing?

  3. Would illustrations in the articles themselves appeal to you?

  4. Is there a sufficiency of news-articles in the magazine?

  5. Do you wish to see pure science articles (e.g. "Why Bio-Chemistry?")
    If so, how frequently?

  6. Is there any kind of material not already inluded that you would like to see?

  7. Do you want'to see
    1. Magazine reviews
    2. Book reviews
    3. Film reviews

  8. What article or feature in the current issue appealed to you most?.

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  1. What feature appealed to you least and why?

  2. Do you care for articles with a sociological flavour like that of E.C. Williams and also that of Albert Griffiths?

  3. How many pages a should be devoted to SFA news?
    Two, three, or four?

  4. Assuming you to have any views on the subject, whom would ((you)) suggest "The Dragon" is the pseudonym of?

  5. Have you any ideas upon the questions that should be asked in future questionnaires?

  6. If possible place the features of the issue in their order of merit.

  7. Have you any other comments to make upon the issue. If so don't hesitate to lay bare your soul on a further sheet of paper.

LONDON SFA BRANCH REPORT: The occasion of this Branch's second meeting was auspicious by reason of a speeches and Mr. Mayer in addition gave a compehensive account of the activities of the SFA - past, present and future. After the minutes had been read. Mr. Temple reported on the Amateur Author's Circle and told of the progress that had been made on a story based on the Abominable Snow- Men. The activities of the Science Circle were described by Mr. Williams who announced a lecture by A. C. Clrake at the next meeting, to be held on December 5th. Finally an informal discussion was held upon proposals in a paper given by Mr. Williams "Has Science-Fiction Declined?". The new premises of this Branch were unanimously approved.