OPUS#023 Space Visitors, The

NOTE: #023
Title: The Space Visitors
Author: Edmond Hamilton
Year: 1930
Type: short story
Variant titles: The Space Beings
“The colossal scoop had descended lightning-like out of the skies at dusk, and with incredible swiftness had cut a vast lane of destruction through the city. It glittered strangely as though composed of an unknown metal.”
“The colossal scoop had cut a vast lane of destruction through the city”–Startling Stories, v2, n2


  • Air Wonder Stories, Vol. 1, no. 9, March 1930, (Mar 1930, ed. Hugo Gernsback, publ. Stellar Publishing Corporation, $0.25, 100pp, large pulp, magazine) Cover: Frank R. Paul; illustrated by Frank R. Paul
  • as “The Space Beings,” Tales of Wonder, #5, (1938, ed. Walter H. Gillings, publ. World’s Work, 1/-, 128pp, magazine) Cover: W. J. Roberts; illustrated by Frank R. Paul
  • Startling Stories, Vol. 2, no. 2, September 1939, (Sep 1939, ed. Mort Weisinger, publ. Better Publications, Inc., $0.15, 132pp, Pulp, magazine) Cover: Alex Schomburg
  • The Universe Wreckers, The Collected Edmond Hamilton, Volume Three, (Aug 2010, Edmond Hamilton, publ. Haffner Press, 978-1-893887-41-1, $40.00, 670pp, hc, coll)


  • Review by Everett F. Bleiler (1998) in Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years
  • Gammell, Leon L., The Annotated Guide to Startling Stories, Starmont House, 1986, p. 45, “A real gem of a classic by the old master about space fishermen who come trawling their nets for humanity, reprinted from Air Wonder Stories, March, 1930”