Upon The Dull Earth, a wonderful novelet by Philip K. Dick, is public domain!
The story was first published in 1954, in a magazine called Beyond Fiction, in its 9th issue (Volume 2, Number 3).
The public domain status was not previously known as the story appeared to have been copyright renewed.
But, it was not.
Observe the highlighted details in the image above. Note that the story the applicant has claimed that the story was published in “March 1955”, in a magazine called “Beyond Science Fiction” in issue “10” (Volume “2” Number “4”).
No such magazine exists!
Beyond Fiction, aka Beyond Fantasy Fiction, was a sister publication to Galaxy Science Fiction, a long running SF pulp magazine. Beyond Fantasy Fiction (also titled Beyond Fiction) lasted only 10 issues. It was not created to compete with Galaxy, thus it was never titled “Beyond Science Fiction.” Its tenth issue was published in 1955, but it did not contain Upon The Dull Earth, or any other story by Philip K. Dick.
The story was actually published in the preceding issue, #9, in 1954. As such it would not have been eligible for renewal at the time of application.
Beyond Fiction Volume 2, Number 3, Issue #9 (1954) – Table Of Contents (includes Upon The Dull Earth by Philip K. Dick):
Beyond Fiction Volume 2, Number 4, Issue #10 (1955) – Table Of Contents:
Copyright renewal application RE190631 (aka RE 190-631 aka RE0000190631):
The complete RE190631 (aka RE 190-631 aka RE0000190631) can be looked at on the official US copyright catalog website by using RE0000190631 as the search string HERE.
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