Receiving a large box from your parents generally means something bad: They've cleared out all your stuff from their basement and now you have to find a place for it, or it's a misplaced care package that's only three years past its sell-by date. For one SF fan, however, that package contained the geek motherlode: More than 100 scifi pulp magazines ranging from the 1930s onwards.

The fan, Val Lindsay, explained all on the Whitechapel message board:

My dad sends me this ammo crate without telling me about it. In this crate are approximately 100+ sci fi pulps ranging from the 70s to the 30s... I think my immediate goal will be buy a good scanner and get the covers on a hard drive. As far as the books and contents, I'm not sure to the best course of action. They range from decent to falling-apart in shape.

It's not just the covers that Val is looking to save, either:

I've been thinking of a way to transcribe these books into test files and I think I've found a way to kill two birds with one stone. As it is, I plan to read these books. Handling them has brought some 'life' back into them, but not enough flexibility for scans. So I ask for your opinions/experience; What is the best voice recognition software at the moment? I wouldn't have any qualms reading these books 'aloud' to transcribe them.

Val is quite clearly doing the Sci Fi Lord's own work with this project, and we here salute him for the sterling work. Many, many more covers are viewable on the Whitechapel board at the link below.

Science fiction karma [Whitechapel]