Category: 1953

Rudolph Belarski cover art for Orbit Science Fiction, September 1953.

Science Fantasy Bulletin, January 1953.

Mel Hunter cover art for Galaxy Science Fiction, May 1953.

Alex Schomburg cover art for Science-Fiction Plus, April 1953.

August 4, 1953 – Some of history’s most astonishing aircraft pictured at the NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station (later known as the the Dryden Flight Research Center, and now Armstrong) in California. We see the X-3 (center) and, clockwise from left: X-1A (Air Force serial number 48-1384), the third D-558-1 (NACA tail number 142), XF-92A, X-5, D-558-2, and X-4. (NASA)

Australian poster art for The War of the Worlds, 1953.

Japanese poster for the The War of the Worlds, 1953.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Creature feature The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms stomped into theaters on June 13, 1953. The legendary Ray Harryhausen provided the stop-motion animation.

The Currents of Space by Isaac Asimov, Signet, 1953. Cover by Stanley Meltzoff. “An Exciting Novel of Future Worlds.”

March 24, 1953 – The 24-kiloton “Nancy” nuclear test goes off in Nevada, part of Operation Upshot-Knothole.

(Department of Energy)