Modern Electrics was a technical
magazine for the amateur radio experimenter. It was
Hugo Gernsback and began publication in April
1908. The magazine was initially intended to provide
mail-order information for radio parts and to
promote the amateur radio hobby, but it later became
a vehicle for technology-based fiction stories. The
first fiction appeared in the April, 1911 issue, and
the series of 12 installments by Hugo Gernsback
would later be published as the science fiction
novel Ralph 124C 41+.
The circulation for this magazine increased rapidly,
starting at 2,000 and increasing to 52,000 in 1911.
In 1908, the magazine announced the "wireless
registry", a listing of radio owners, their call
letters, and the type of equipment they owned and
how it was operated.
The magazine was sold in 1913, and ceased
publication with the December 1913 issue.