F. Orlin Tremaine

Frederick Orlin Tremaine (January 7, 1899 – October 22, 1956) was an American science fiction magazine editor, most notably of the influential Astounding Stories. He also headed several publishing companies and sporadically wrote fiction.


F. Orlin Tremaine was part of an old Cornish American family.[1] He graduated from Valparaiso University, Indiana.[2]

He was a veteran of World War I.[3]

He was a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Washington (D.C.) Press Club and of the Sons of the American Revolution.[4]

He died at Westmount Sanatorium, Glen Falls, New York, after a long illness, age 57. He was survived by two brothers and a sister.[5]

Writing, Editing, and Publishing Career

Tremaine started his editing career with the magazine Torch in 1920.[6]

He moved on to the Macfadden magazine conglomerate, with stints on Brain Power (1921-1924) and Macfadden Fiction-Lover's Magazine (1924-1925). In early 1924, he became editor of the flagship title True Story Magazine.[7] Within a year, he departed to become editor of The Smart Set, a tenure that lasted until mid-1926.[8]

A sporadic fiction writer, his first known story, "The Throwback," appeared in Weird Tales under the pseudonym Orlin Frederick.

In 1927, Tremaine become president of a trust that attempted to take control of the Phelps Publishing Company, publisher of New England Homestead and other magazines. The deal collapsed when financing fell through.[9] Tremaine rebounded with another group in incorporating the Crossroads Publishing Company.[10] A year later, he was involved in yet another publishing enterprise, the Perennial Publishing Company.[11]

Later in 1929, his editing career resumed when he joined the Clayton pulp publishing chain. He edited Miss 1929, soon renamed Miss 1930.[12] After four issues, Miss 1930 was sold to Tremaine's Perennial Publishing Company, presumably part of Tremaine's departure from Clayton. Tremaine intended to continue editing Miss 1930, but there are no known issues for Perennial.

In late 1931, publisher Alfred A. Cohen purchased Everybody's Magazine from Butterick and attempted to revive it with Tremaine as editor. No known issues were produced and the magazine was soon declared discontinued.[13]

Tremaine returned to Clayton, editing the humor magazine Bunk (late 1932), and My Love Story Magazine (and its retitling Love Classic Magazine) (late 1932 to early 1933).[14]

In 1933, Clayton went bankrupt and some of its assets were purchased by publisher Street & Smith. Tremaine joined Street & Smith to initially edit three of the former Clayton titles: Astounding Stories (assisted by Desmond Hall, another Clayton transfer), Clues, and Cowboy Stories. At his peak, Tremaine was responsible for seven Street & Smith pulps:[15]

  • October 1933 (2 titles): Astounding Stories, Clues
  • November 1933 (3): added Cowboy Stories
  • December 1933 (4): added Top-Notch Magazine
  • March 1935 (5): added Bill Barnes, Air Adventurer [retitled Bill Barnes Air Trails (October 1935), then Air Trails (February 1937)]
  • October 1935 (6): added Dynamic Adventures
  • November 1935 (7): added Romance Range (retitled Romantic Range after 5 issues)
  • June 1936 (6): last issue of Dynamic Adventures
  • mid-1937 (5): last edited issue of Clues
  • September 1937 (3): last edited issues of Astounding and Top-Notch
  • December 1937 (2): last edited issue of Cowboy Stories
  • late 1937 (0): last edited issues of Air Trails and Romantic Range

Tremaine and Desmond Hall founded Street & Smith's slick Mademoiselle in 1935. Hall was the listed editor.[16]

In the December 1933 issue of Astounding, Tremaine's third as editor, he included the editorial "Thought Variant," in which he encouraged contributing authors to seek new ideas for science fiction stories. According to Alva Rogers, "the thought variant policy was largely responsible for the rapid rise of Astounding to top position in the science fiction field."[17] During the fifty issues of the magazine he published, Tremaine launched the careers of authors L. Sprague de Camp, Eric Frank Russell, and others.

As editor of Astounding, Tremaine bought such stories as H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness (sold by Julius Schwartz) and The Shadow Out of Time (sold by Donald Wandrei), apparently without reading them. Tremaine permitted both tales to be severely abridged and edited by copyeditors, although Lovecraft complained vociferously only about the former (it was on this occasion that he referred to Tremaine as "that god-damnn'd dung of a hyaena" (Lovecraft to Robert H. Barlow, June 4, 1936 (ms, John Hay Library)).[18]

In late 1937, Tremaine hired John W. Campbell, Jr. to replace him as editor of Astounding, while Tremaine was appointed Editorial Director of Street & Smith, a position he held for a year before departing Street & Smith during a management shake-up.

From mid-1939 through at least 1941, he ran his own New York book publishing company, the Orlin Tremaine Company. (See separate listing of publications below.) On June 23, 1941, an associate editor of the firm, William M. Gibson, was convicted of extortion. He and Prince Ludovic Pignatelli had threated the prince's cousin, Prince Guido Pignatelli, with publishing a book that would challenge Guido's right to his title unless they were paid $50,000.[19] The timing roughly corresponds with the last-known publications of the Orlin Tremaine Co., but it is unknown whether the two events are related.

Simultaneous to his publishing ventures, Tremaine produced the science fiction pulp Comet, which ran five issues from December 1940 to July 1941. Also, from late 1939 through early 1940, Tremaine published four stories in pulps as diverse as Thrilling Wonder Stories and South Sea Stories.

During World War II, Tremaine edited the magazine Plus, distributed to war industries, and edited government manuals for the armed forces.[20] At roughly this time, Tremaine had his most productive period as a fiction writer, contributing numerous stories to detective pulps (1944-45). A series for Detective Tales featured a character named Easy Bart.

When the war ended, Tremaine became an editor for Bartholomew House, which published the first paperback editions of Lovecraft, The Weird Shadow Over Innsmouth (1944) and The Dunwich Horror (1945).[18] He also published a revision of T. C. McClary's novel Rebirth (first appearance in Astounding Stories) while at Bartholomew House. In less than a year, he was describing himself as a "free lance writer."[21] The current record does not indicate much success as a writer. His next known publications appeared in late 1948 and early 1949.

In 1949, he became editor of a new magazine, Southerner, and published a book, Short Story Writing.

In the early 1950s, under the name Arthur Lane, Tremaine was an editorial associate for the pulp Marvel Science Stories.

His greatest success appears to have been with Street & Smith, and his most lasting contribution his editorship of Astounding. The rest of his career illustrates the ephemeral vicissitudes of the publishing business.


Short Stories

  • "The Throwback," Weird Tales (October 1926)
  • "Pigeon Street," Fire Fighters (April 1929)
  • "The Upper Level Road," Astounding Stories (August 1935)
  • "Marinorro," Astounding Stories (November 1937)
  • "Ormoly of Roonerion," Astounding Stories (January 1938)
  • "Vibratory," Astounding Stories (March 1938)
  • "Resilient Planet," Astounding Stories (August 1938)
  • "Wanted—7 Fearless Engineers!," Amazing Stories (February 1939)
  • "Golden Girl of Kalendar," Fantastic Adventures (September 1939)
  • "True Confession," Thrilling Wonder Stories (February 1940)
  • "Vengeance of Loana," South Sea Stories (February 1940)
  • "Jalu of Radiant Valley," Fantastic Adventures (March 1940)
  • "A Leader for Korcin," Future Fantasy and Science Fiction (December 1942)
  • "The Expendable Spy," Detective Tales (January 1944) [an Easy Bart story]
  • "The Dagger from Singapore," New Detective Magazine (May 1944)
  • "The Silent Scalpel Murders," Detective Tales (February 1945) [an Easy Bart story]
  • "Son of the Stars," Super Science Stories (April 1949)

Books published by the Orlin Tremaine Company

[publication date in parentheses; category in brackets]

  • Arthur J. Burks (uncredited co-authorship with Tremaine), Who Do You Think You Are? (December 1939) [psychology]
  • Colonel Benjamin A. Franklin, Banners in the Wind (January 2, 1940) [inspirational]
  • Frank W. Kravigny, The Jungle Route (March 1, 1940) [true adventure]
  • Sander Ariza, Trujillo: The Man and His Country (1940) [biography]
  • Ed Bodin, Scare Me! A Symposium on Ghosts and Black Magic by Ed Bodin, Collector of Mystic Facts, and Descendant of Jean Bodin, Famous Mystic Writer of the XVIth Century (July 1940) [occult]
  • William Merriam Rouse, Bildad Road (July 1940) [novel]
  • William Richard Twifoed, Sown in the Darkness A.D. 2000 (January 1941) [science fiction novel]
  • Horace J. Haase, The Economic Democracy (1941) [economics]

Further reading

  • Will Murray, "The Man Who Edited Lovecraft," Crypt of Cthulhu No 48 (St Johns Eve 1987): 3-5.
  • Alec Nevala-Lee, Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction (NY: Dey St. Books, 2018).
  • Alva Rogers, A Requiem for Astounding (Chicago: Advent:Publishers, 1964).


  1. ^ Rowse, A. L. The Cousin Jacks, The Cornish in America
  2. ^ Alva Rogers, A Requiem for Astounding (Chicago: Advent Publishers, 1964).
  3. ^ "F. Orlin Tremaine, Editor, Publisher" (obituary), New York Times, October 24, 1956.
  4. ^ New York Times, October 24, 1956.
  5. ^ New York Times, October 24, 1956.
  6. ^ New York Times, October 24, 1956.
  7. ^ "Magazines for February," Galena Times (Kansas), January 31, 1924.
  8. ^ The Author & Journalist, various market reports.
  9. ^ "Publishing Syndicate Formed in Springfield," Bridgeport Telegram, August 18, 1927; "Phelps Publishing Co. Deal Collapses," The Burlington Free Press, October 11, 1927.
  10. ^ "Incorporations," Wilmington Morning News (Delaware), November 4, 1927.
  11. ^ "Incorporations," Wilmington Morning News (Delaware), January 17, 1929.
  12. ^ The Author & Journalist, various market reports.
  13. ^ The Author & Journalist, various market reports.
  14. ^ The Author & Journalist, various market reports.
  15. ^ The Author & Journalist, various market reports.
  16. ^ The Author & Journalist, various market reports.
  17. ^ Rogers, A Requiem for Astounding.
  18. ^ a b S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, An H.P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia, Westport CT and London: Greenwood Press, 2001, p. 279
  19. ^ Associated Press, "Extortion Charge Brings Sentence of Pignatelli," June 23, 1941.
  20. ^ New York Times, October 24, 1956.
  21. ^ "Science Moving Too Fast, Say Fantastic Fiction Fans," Newark Star-Ledger, March 4, 1946.

External links

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

Analog Science Fiction and Fact is an American science-fiction magazine published under various titles since 1930. Originally titled Astounding Stories of Super-Science, the first issue was dated January 1930, published by William Clayton, and edited by Harry Bates. Clayton went bankrupt in 1933 and the magazine was sold to Street & Smith. The new editor was F. Orlin Tremaine, who soon made Astounding the leading magazine in the nascent pulp science fiction field, publishing well-regarded stories such as Jack Williamson's Legion of Space and John W. Campbell's "Twilight". At the end of 1937, Campbell took over editorial duties under Tremaine's supervision, and the following year Tremaine was let go, giving Campbell more independence. Over the next few years Campbell published many stories that became classics in the field, including Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, A.E. van Vogt's Slan, and several novels and stories by Robert A. Heinlein. The period beginning with Campbell's editorship is often referred to as the Golden Age of Science Fiction.

By 1950, new competition had appeared from Galaxy Science Fiction and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Campbell's interest in some pseudo-science topics, such as dianetics (an early version of scientology), alienated some of his regular writers, and Astounding was no longer regarded as the leader of the field, though it did continue to publish popular and influential stories: Hal Clement's novel Mission of Gravity appeared in 1953, and Tom Godwin's "The Cold Equations" appeared the following year. In 1960, Campbell changed the title of the magazine to Analog Science Fiction & Fact; he had long wanted to get rid of the word "Astounding" in the title, which he felt was too sensational. At about the same time Street & Smith sold the magazine to Condé Nast. Campbell remained as editor until his death in 1971.

Ben Bova took over from 1972 to 1978, and the character of the magazine changed noticeably, since Bova was willing to publish fiction that included sexual content and profanity. Bova published stories such as Frederik Pohl's "The Gold at the Starbow's End", which was nominated for both a Hugo and Nebula Award, and Joe Haldeman's "Hero", the first story in the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning "Forever War" sequence; Pohl had been unable to sell to Campbell, and "Hero" had been rejected by Campbell as unsuitable for the magazine. Bova won five consecutive Hugo Awards for his editing of Analog.

Bova was followed by Stanley Schmidt, who continued to publish many of the same authors who had been contributing for years; the result was some criticism of the magazine as stagnant and dull, though Schmidt was initially successful in maintaining circulation. The title was sold to Davis Publications in 1980, then to Dell Magazines in 1992. Crosstown Publications acquired Dell in 1996 and remains the publisher. Schmidt continued to edit the magazine until 2012, when he was replaced by Trevor Quachri.

Comet (magazine)

Comet was a pulp magazine which published five issues from December 1940 to July 1941. It was edited by F. Orlin Tremaine, who had edited Astounding Stories, one of the leaders of the science fiction magazine field, for several years in the mid-1930s. Tremaine paid one cent per word, which was higher than some of the competing magazines, but the publisher, H-K Publications, was unable to sustain the magazine while it gained circulation, and it was cancelled after less than a year when Tremaine resigned. Comet published fiction by several well-known and popular writers, including E.E. Smith and Robert Moore Williams. The young Isaac Asimov, visiting Tremaine in Comet's offices, was alarmed when Tremaine asserted that anyone who gave stories to competing magazines for no pay should be blacklisted; Asimov promptly insisted that Donald Wollheim, to whom he had given a free story, should make him a token payment so he could say he had been paid.

Cosmic Stories and Stirring Science Stories

Cosmic Stories (also known as Cosmic Science-Fiction) and Stirring Science Stories were two American pulp science fiction magazines that published a total of seven issues in 1941 and 1942. Both Cosmic and Stirring were edited by Donald A. Wollheim and launched by the same publisher, appearing in alternate months. Wollheim had no budget at all for fiction, so he solicited stories from his friends among the Futurians, a group of young science fiction fans including James Blish and C. M. Kornbluth. Isaac Asimov contributed a story, but later insisted on payment after hearing that F. Orlin Tremaine, the editor of the competing science fiction magazine Comet, was irate at the idea of a magazine that might "siphon readership from magazines that paid", and thought that authors who contributed should be blacklisted. Kornbluth was the most prolific contributor, under several pseudonyms; one of his stories, "Thirteen O'Clock", published under the pseudonym "Cecil Corwin", was very successful, and helped to make his reputation in the field. The magazines ceased publication in late 1941, but Wollheim was able to find a publisher for one further issue of Stirring Science Stories in March 1942 before war restrictions forced it to close again.

Other well-known writers who appeared in the two magazines included Damon Knight and David H. Keller. Knight's first published story, "Resilience", appeared in the February 1941 issue of Stirring Stories, but the story was ruined by a misprint in a crucial word in the first sentence. Keller was an established writer in the field, but Wollheim was aware that Keller occasionally donated material to fanzines, and was able to obtain a story from him. The quality of the artwork was variable; it included Elliot Dold's last artwork in the science fiction field, for the cover of the July 1941 issue of Cosmic Stories, and several covers and interior drawings by Hannes Bok, who later became a well-known artist in the field.

Edward Longstreet Bodin

Edwart Longstreet Bodin (August 5, 1894 – August 1983) was a mystery writer and founded the "Spiritual Party" as a platform for a run for President of the United States in the 1952 presidential election. He claimed in his book Scare Me! to be a descendent of Jean Bodin. He was a literary agent and mentor to L. Ron Hubbard.Prior to authoring books, Bodin wrote for Strange Stories magazine as "Lucifer" and Thrilling Mystery magazine as "Chakra."

His book Scare Me! addressed ghosts, ectoplasm, demons, zombies, werewolves and other similar topics. In it, he thanked sixty-eight people, including Arthur J. Burks, Jack Dempsey, Ruth Lyons, Lowell Thomas, Nathaniel Schachner, Theodore Tinsley, F. Orlin Tremaine, Arthur Leo Zagat, William B. Ziff and L. Ron Hubbard. Upper Purgatory covered such subjects as ESP, flying saucers, the afterlife, and the Shakespeare authorship question.

In 1953, he suggested that if Winston Churchill doublecrossed the United States, the atom bomb should be used to divert the Gulf Stream in order to freeze England. He suggested the same thing two years later in Upper Purgatory, claiming to have received a letter from William E. Bergin, Adjutant General of the United States, treating the idea seriously (pages 17–18). He also suggested the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt was due to psychic intervention to prevent America's government from being overrun by Communists.

In 1956, Bodin was the President of the Bernarr MacFadden Foundation, worth about $5,000,000.[1] That year he also provided the foreword to a book by Blanche A. Draper, the pastor of "The Church of the Radiant Flame," a woman who worked as a psychic and medium.

First Fandom Hall of Fame award

First Fandom Hall of Fame is an annual award for contributions to the field of science fiction dating back more than 30 years. Contributions can be as a fan, writer, editor, artist, agent, or any combination of the five. It is awarded by First Fandom and is usually presented at the beginning of the World Science Fiction Convention's Hugo Award ceremony.

Mademoiselle (magazine)

Mademoiselle was a women's magazine first published in 1935 by Street and Smith and later acquired by Condé Nast Publications.

Mademoiselle, primarily a fashion magazine, was also known for publishing short stories by noted authors such as Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, James Baldwin, Flannery O'Connor, Sylvia Plath, Paul Bowles, Jane Bowles, Jane Smiley, Mary Gordon, Paul Theroux, Sue Miller, Barbara Kingsolver, Perri Klass, Mona Simpson, Alice Munro, Harold Brodkey, Pam Houston, Jean Stafford, and Susan Minot. Julia Cameron was a frequent columnist. The art director was Barbara Kruger.In 1952, Sylvia Plath's short story Sunday at the Mintons won first prize and $500, as well as publication in the magazine. Her experiences during the summer of 1953 as a guest editor at Mademoiselle provided the basis for her novel, The Bell Jar.The August 1961 "college issue" of Mademoiselle included a photo of UCLA senior class president Willette Murphy, who did not realize she was making history as the first African-American model to appear in a mainstream fashion magazine.In the sixties, Mademoiselle magazine was geared “to the smart young woman”. They categorically stated in their editorials that despite their young, maidenly name they were not geared to young teenagers. The majority of their readers may have been in college, in a job, some may have been married. Mademoiselle was interested in reaching mature college freshmen and up, who were being exposed to the greatest literature, facing the greatest moral problems coping with all the complexities of the atomic age.

Mademoiselle continued to be a top shelf magazine throughout the eighties and nineties featuring the top models on their covers and in the pages of their editorial sections.

In 1993, Elizabeth Crow was appointed editor-in-chief of the magazine. The November 2001 magazine was the final issue. Some of the 93 employees and features moved over to Glamour, also published by Condé Nast. The magazine's demise was due to multiple factors, including an editorial inability to update the magazine to appeal to a sufficient audience and an overall decline in advertising revenues across the magazine industry.


A street is a public thoroughfare (usually paved) in a built environment. It is a public parcel of land adjoining buildings in an urban context, on which people may freely assemble, interact, and move about. A street can be as simple as a level patch of dirt, but is more often paved with a hard, durable surface such as concrete, cobblestone or brick. Portions may also be smoothed with asphalt, embedded with rails, or otherwise prepared to accommodate non-pedestrian traffic.

Originally, the word street simply meant a paved road (Latin: via strata). The word street is still sometimes used colloquially as a synonym for road, for example in connection with the ancient Watling Street, but city residents and urban planners draw a crucial modern distinction: a road's main function is transportation, while streets facilitate public interaction. Examples of streets include pedestrian streets, alleys, and city-centre streets too crowded for road vehicles to pass. Conversely, highways and motorways are types of roads, but few would refer to them as streets.

The Best of Science Fiction

The Best of Science Fiction, published in 1946, is an anthlogy of science fiction anthologies edited by American critic and editor Groff Conklin.


Tremaine is a Cornish language surname.and, rarely, forename.

Notable people with this surname include:

F. Orlin Tremaine, science fiction editor

Jeff Tremaine, film and television producer

Marilyn Tremaine, computer scientist

Morris S. Tremaine, NYS Comptroller (1927–1941)

Scott Tremaine, astrophysicistNotable people with this forename include:

Tremaine Edmunds, American football player

Tremaine Fowlkes, basketball player

Trey Songz, was born Tremaine Aldon Neverson

Tremaine Philp, Entrepreneur, SailorFictional people:

Lady Tremaine, character in the 1950 film Cinderella

Prescott Tremaine, character from David Weber's "Honorverse" series of novels

Tremaine Gidigbi, character from the television series Footballers' Wives

Tremaine McIntosh,computer science major

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