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DYNAMIC SCIENCE FICTION , was a pulp magazine which published six issues from December 1952 to January 1954. It was a companion to Future Science Fiction, and like that magazine was edited by Robert W. Lowndes and published by Louis Silberkleit. It published stories by some well-known authors, including "The Duplicated Man" by Lowndes and James Blish, and "The Possessed" by Arthur C. Clarke. It was launched at the end of the pulp era, and when Silberkleit decided to convert Future to a digest format in 1954, he decided not to do the same with Dynamic, simply cancelling the magazine.

Although science fiction (sf) had been published before the 1920s, it did not begin to coalesce into a separately marketed genre until the appearance in 1926 of Amazing Stories, a pulp magazine published by Hugo Gernsback. By the end of the 1930s the field was booming. Between early 1939 and mid-1940 publisher Louis Silberkleit launched three sf pulp magazines: Science Fiction, Future Fiction, and Science Fiction Quarterly. All three had ceased publication by the end of World War II, killed by a combination of falling sales and wartime paper shortages. In 1950 and 1951 Silberkleit revived Future Fiction, and Science Fiction Quarterly, and the following year he launched Dynamic Science Fiction, with the first issue dated November 1952. All three of the magazines were edited by Robert W. Lowndes, who had also edited most of the earlier issues for Silberkleit. In mid-1953 Silberkleit cut rates and slowed down payment to contributors as a result of falling circulation. By this time Silberkleit was experimenting with the digest format for Science Fiction Stories, and he soon cancelled Dynamic Science Fiction, leaving only Science Fiction Quarterly in pulp format.

Silberkleit initially paid reasonably good rates, and Lowndes was able to obtain some good quality material. Some of the better-known stories include Arthur C. Clarke's "The Possessed" (March 1953); Lester del Rey's "I Am Tomorrow" (December 1952), and James Blish and Lowndes' novel The Duplicated Man (August 1953, with Lowndes' name concealed by a pseudonym, "Michael Sherman"). Lowndes also published some good quality nonfiction, including two long critical essays by James E. Gunn, "The Philosophy of Science Fiction" (serialized in the March and June 1953 issues), and "The Plot Forms of Science Fiction" (serialized in the October 1953 and January 1954 issues). These four articles formed Gunn's Master of Arts thesis; Gunn subsequently became a prominent sf critic.

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