In his role as editor, Pabst oversaw the writing staff of the magazine and its in-house illustrator. His responsibilities included setting the pay rate for the writers and selecting which story would be featured on the cover each month. He was also in the position of enforcing the decisions of the magazine's publisher, a fact which brought him into conflict with Benny Russell when the magazine refused to publish the latter's story about a black captain of a futuristic space station. (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars")
In the novelization of the episode, Pabst had been receiving stories from Russell long before the latter worked for Incredible Tales. The story that led him to hire Russell featured a partially robotic alien race, and it was Pabst who came up with the opening line for it - "Resistance is futile".