The February 1930 issue of Astounding Stories of Super-Science continues, with “Creatures of the Light” by Sophie Wenzel Ellis.
(Yes, that’s a woman, writing under her own name. It did happen, you know. The mystery pulps were chock full of women writers. Why the SF pulps got so weird about women writers’ names, I don’t know. Possibly a lot of boy stalkers-by-mail out there.)
“Creatures of the Light” is an odd story: part lost world romance, part protest against eugenics, part apparent belief in some of the odder scientific opinions of the time, and part insistence of the consistency of human nature. You’d think pretty badly of this story if this segment were all you heard of it; but in the next few parts, Ellis takes apart most of the objectionable bits. Odd how it was topical at the time, and now parts of it are topical again. Odd all around.