Space Stories was a pulp companion to Startling Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories, and Fantastic Story Magazine, but it didn't last long - this was the fourth of five issues. The idea of a more adventure-oriented magazine was worth trying, but the golden era of the pulps was drawing to a close; the digests were taking over. Curiously, a digest-size magazine called Space Science Fiction, from a different publisher, ran for eight issues over the same period, starting a few months earlier and ending a little later.
Walter Popp signed this eye-catching cover; strangely, while other issues of this title had their share of well-known names, such as Gordon R. Dickson, Jack Vance, Kendell Foster Crossen, Leigh Brackett, and Sam Merwin Jr, we seem a bit lower-profile here. William Morrison wrote scores of sf stories between 1941 and 1958, and had a column in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction on sf theatre in 1957/58, but of his five novels, only the two Captain Future ones have seen the light of day more than once. "The Gears of Time" can only be found here, filling 77 pages and illustrated by Emsh. "He was caught between those who moved too swiftly and those who moved too slowly, but time stood still for him when he met Medlana. She was old enough to be his grandmother's grandmother - but he loved her!"
The four short stories here are by Marshall Zaslove, Charles Foster, Fox B. Holden, and Robert Zacks, who must have been delighted not to be last alphabetically for a change. Fox B. Holden is undoubtedly the "biggest name" there, with eighteen short stories and a two-part serial to his credit, not to mention an entry in the "Probability Zero" sequence. In the letters column, however, as well as Richard E. Geis of "The Alien Critic," we find John Brunner, whose letter, after commenting on the title confusion, ends by saying "I intend this very night to start (or tomorrow) on a novel for you, which I can always sell to someone else later." Not an unreasonable assumption, as his "Thou Good and Faithful" had, under a pen-name, John Loxmith, led off the previous month's Astounding.
And that's about it. Books reviewed were by Bryce Walton, Philip St John (Lester del Rey), Chad Oliver, Ruthven Todd, Poul Anderson, and Arthur C. Clarke. 128 pages had been successfully filled, and all it would cost you to buy was 25 cents.