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Hugo Gernsback's introduction to the first issue of Amazing Stories, 1926

When Hugo “Award” Gernsback launched Volume 1, Number 1 of Amazing Stories in April, 1926, he created the first magazine in the world solely devoted to science fiction stories: on the magazine’s editorial page, Gernsback laid out his vision for the genre. Gernsback’s “scientifiction” (his coinage, later supplanted by variants like “science fiction” and “sci-fi”) traced its roots to Edgar Allen Poe, …