The Story Behind The Cover...
Octopus-kings of the Lost Planet
Written by W. Malcolm White (Donald A. Wollheim)
Illustrated by Gene Fawcette
Published in Strange Worlds #2 by Avon Publications 1950
Perhaps it was only right that we were to find the answer to the Great Asteroid Mystery on the planet named after the famous Edgar Allan Poe. I refer to the tiny worldlet called Poesia, on your star charts if you look at Planetoid 946. We landed on Poesia on the seventh day of the nineteenth month of our expedition—or to be prosaic, on the Third of June, 2042 A.D.
We were not the first interplanetary expedition trying to settle the problem of what the asteroids were nor where they had come from. We were perhaps the tenth, and we weren't any better equipped than the others, merely more persistent...and may be luckier. We had been directed by the University of Luna City to go out there and "bring home the bacon." We were determined to do it.Read More