Joseph Schlossel

Joseph Schlossel (1902-1977) was a science fiction writer, a pioneer of the space opera genre. E. F. Bleiler in his bibliographic work Science-Fiction: The Early Years describes Schlossel's work as "crude and amateurish", but notes that it anticipated further developments.[1] Despite his poor storytelling skills, he was credited by showing "tremendous inventiveness in his adventures, with intergalactic wars and invasions on an immense scale."[2] Mike Ashley states that "Schlossel's writing was basic but his imagination and vision made him one of the more significant contributors to the early SF Magazines".[3]

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Schlossel's fifth published story, "To the Moon By Proxy", was cover-featured on the October 1928 Amazing Stories

Schlossel was born in New York in 1902. He was raised in Toronto and became a tailor, his father's line of work. His first story was published in Weird Tales in 1925, where his next two stories appeared. Beginning in 1926, his remaining work was sold to Amazing Stories. After the Great Depression set in, he left his trade, took employment in metal plating, and stopped writing. He died in 1977.[3]

His work usually carried the byline "J. Schlossel". None of his stories have appeared in book form, although two were reprinted in later sf magazines.[4]

Short fiction

  • Invaders from Outside (1925)
  • Hurled into the Infinite (1925)
  • A Message From Space (1926)
  • The Second Swarm (1928)
  • To The Moon by Proxy (1928)
  • Extra-Galactic Invaders (1931)


  1. ^ "Science-fiction, the early years by Everett Franklin Bleiler, ISBN 0-87338-416-4, section "Schlosser, J."
  2. ^ The Gernsback Days: A Study of the Evolution of Modern Science Fiction from 1911 to 1936
  3. ^ a b SF Encyclopedia
  4. ^ See ISFDB bibliography
Message from Space (disambiguation)

Message from Space is a Japanese film of 1978.

Message from Space may also refer to:

Message from space (science fiction), a science fiction theme

Message from Space: Galactic Wars a TV series spin-off of the film

A Choose Your Own Adventure book; The Third Planet from Altair by Edward Packard was reissued under this title

A short story, "A Message from Space" (Joseph Schlossel, Weird Tales, March 1926)

Message from space (science fiction)

For other uses, see Message from Space (disambiguation).

"Message from space" is a type of "first contact" theme in science fiction . Stories of this type involve receiving an interstellar message which reveals the existence of other intelligent life in the universe.

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