Podcast #26: The Strange Case of “Party’s Girl’s” Cover Art

In this week’s Rocketeer podcast I’m doing some historical detective work involving the dust jacket for a novel called, “Party Girl: A Love Story” by Vivian Grey. This is one of the historical romance novels in my collection. This cover is very strange-looking compared to other titles put out by the same publisher. Why is that? I’m taking you along with me on my research journey this week as I try to discover The Mystery of the Weird Book Cover. The entire list of “slides” that go with this post…

Announcement: The 2021 Cosmos Prize

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve won an important genre prize for pulp illustration. I’m very excited to announce it but there’s a problem…I actually won the award a few years ago but I couldn’t tell anyone until now! Here’s the story…the 2021 Cosmos Prize was given for the best illustration(s) for—“The Challenge From Beyond”—which consisted of two shared world stories (one science fiction and one weird fantasy) that came out in an historically important semi-pro magazine back in September of 1935. That’s something of a mouthful, isn’t it? I’ll…

Fast Living: Ephemerae and Swift People

In this week’s Rocketeer podcast I’m talking about stories concerning people living in hyper-accelerated states. Talk about a change in perspective! These are fun stories and, among other things, I mentioned how strange energies from space seem to be changing us in ways we can’t yet quantify. After I recorded the podcast I saw a post on X about a supernova, the light of which will soon to reach Earth and we may see a new star in the sky because of it. I’m not saying the Edmond Hamilton story…

Cleve Cartmill: The Devil’s In The Details

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In this week’s podcast I begin by talking about pulp fantasy and how it differs from contemporary sci-fi/fantasy. After that, I review three pulp fantasy stories by Cleve Cartmill from the 1940’s: “Bit of Tapestry,” “Wheesht!” and “Hell Hath Fury”—all of which appeared in the pulp magazine, UNKNOWN. Cartmill was publishing science fiction and fantasy during the 1940’s and ’50’s mainly. Today, he seems to be something of a lost writer, which seems a pity as his stories were quite compelling. Looking at his bibliography I can see that he…

What Price Glory: Bryce Walton’s, “The Victor”

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I find Bryce Walton’s dystopians fascinating. His stated goal was to out-do Orwell and I think he certainly succeeded. The variety of his social nightmares is without compare. In this week’s Rockteer podcast I’m talking about the best of those social horrors: “The Victor” (1953). There are others in his catalog that come close but for me this story is the most chilling. Prepare to be existentially terrified. Listen here. By the way, the artwork you see in the meme above is one of my paintings. The Victor was never…

Cole Phillips’ “Fadeaway Girl”: Now you see her, now you don’t

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The image you see above is one on Cole Phillips’ “Fadeaway Girls”. This fascinating art technique was first used in the early decades of the 20th century and is still used as a gimmick more than 100 years later. In this week’s Rocketeer I’m highlighting Phillips’ famous technique with some snazzy examples. Join me on Substack to take a look.

Podcast #21: Doctor Fogg

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in this week’s ROCKETEER podcast I’m reviewing, “Doctor Fogg” by Norman Matson. It’s an interesting example of very early science fiction. It’s also considered a satire. But is it? I doubt you’ll read too many reviews of this book as it’s pretty rare. So join me over on Substack to hear about an interesting piece of science fiction history from 1929.

Podcast #20: Christmas in May

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In this week’s podcast I’m talking about all the wonderful magazines I recently ordered from the Library of Congress through interlibrary loan. Honestly, interlibrary loan is a fantastic resource. And getting things from the Library of Congress is particularly fun. I mean, they’re supposed to have EVERYTHING! I know that they don’t, actually, but they do have incredible collections. This time, I was after complete serials from Love Story Magazine from the late 1930’s and several single stories from The Blue Book Magazine in a range from 1930-1947. It took…