The Man with the Strange Head and Other Early Science Fiction Stories


The Man with the Strange Head and Other Early Science Fiction Stories

Miles J. Breuer
Edited and with an introduction by Michael R. Page

Bison Frontiers of Imagination Series

472 pages
4 figures


October 2008


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About the Book

Gathered here for the first time are Miles J. Breuer’s first publication, “The Man with the Strange Head”; his neglected dystopian novel Paradise and Iron (appearing here in book form for the first time); stories such as “Gostak and the Doshes” and “Mechanocracy”; and Breuer’s essay “The Future of Scientifiction,” one of the early critical statements of the genre. Also included are some of the author’s letters from the Discussions column of Amazing Stories.
Much of what we know as science fiction saw the light—and found its themes, styles, and modes—in the science fiction magazines of the early twentieth century. It was in these magazines of the 1920s and 1930s that Breuer often led the way. Breuer himself found his inspiration in the work of H. G. Wells and in turn influenced science fiction masters from Jack Williamson to Robert A. Heinlein. The Man with the Strange Head and Other Early Science Fiction Stories collects the best work of this pioneer of the genre.

Author Bio

Miles J. Breuer (1889–1945) was a prominent physician in Lincoln, Nebraska, and a pioneer writer of science fiction for magazines in the 1920s and 1930s. Michael R. Page received his PhD in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He teaches courses in nineteenth-century British literature and in science fiction and his work has appeared in scholarly journals.


“I have a great admiration for the writing pioneers who opened the territory for the rest of us, and Miles J. Breuer was one of the most important. I’ll always think of him along with Jack Williamson, who welcomed me into the group and collaborated with me, as Breuer collaborated with him. As Heinlein urged, ‘Pay it forward.’ But we also have to pay it back.”—James Gunn, author of The Listeners

“I’m happy to see Breuer rediscovered. He was a pioneer of American science fiction.”—the late Jack Williamson, author of  The Humanoids

"If, like a Breuer character, Breuer could journey forward to see this collection, he would have been pleased."—Ed Park, Los Angeles Times Book Review

Table of Contents





The Man with the Strange Head

Amazing Stories, January 1927


The Appendix and the Spectacles

Amazing Stories, December 1928


The Gostak and the Doshes

Amazing Stories, March 1930


Paradise and Iron

Amazing Stories Quarterly, Summer 1930


A Problem in Communication

Astounding Stories, September 1930


On Board the Martian Liner

Amazing Stories, March 1931



Amazing Stories, April 1932


The Finger of the Past

Amazing Stories, November 1932


Millions for Defense

Amazing Stories, March 1935


Mars Colonizes

Marvel Tales, Summer 1935


The Oversight

Comet Stories, December 1940


Appendix 1: The Future of Scientifiction

Amazing Stories Quarterly, Summer 1929


Appendix 2: Selected Letters


Source Acknowledgments


Breuer's Science Fiction

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