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EBook Snafu

I have heard from several buyers that the platform Gumroad was not working very well. I apologize for this inconvenience and have uploaded three eBooks to Amazon instead. Yes, THREE eBooks! Landscape of Darkness, Anchor, and the first of the Lucina Collections. The Lucina Collections provide thematic short works for an evening’s reading pleasure. The first collection is thematic in that it includes both of the first books. Later ones will collect Sam Mercury stories, or Time Keeper tales. Here are the links to the eBooks – ANCHOR eBook Landscape…

Rocketeer Feature: Parallel Realities: An Easy Way To Fry Your Brain

Timeline Jumping and the Mandela Effect Disclaimer: you’re in no way obligated to believe anything in this post unless, of course, you want to. Then, by all means. I’m going to be perfectly honest with you, Time is never as obedient as you think it should be. It’s curvy and brain-buckling, changing speeds unexpectedly and never with the right amount of  warning. Time shrinks or expands to fill a space depending upon your mood and the level of engagement you have with what’s going on. That’s why a favorite TV…

Rocketeer Feature: Letters from Venus

My dear Space Explorers, I am writing to you from far across the system, out in the Keiper belt to be exact. I know this missive will take a long time to reach you, I’m not sure how long exactly, but certainly months. I was called away soon after I returned from PulpFest, last Summer. It’s a story that you probably won’t believe but I’m going to tell you anyway. You must have heard of Captain Future, the Wizard of Science. No? Well, he has been gone for a very…

Good-bye 2018!

The countdown to 2019 has begun. Can you believe it? I’m busily finishing up preparations for the ANCHOR book launch on 1/9/19. EBooks of LANDSCAPE OF DARKNESS and ANCHOR are ready and will be available for pre-sale. There are eBook discount coupons inside the “Rocketeer” newsletter coming to subscribers on January 1. 2019 will be a fantastical year, I can already tell. I’ve got more books in the works — including a new Sam Mercury adventure and a novelette that takes place during the Threshold War. More eBooks and deluxe…

ROCKETEER FEATURE: It’s A Zwilnik World: How E. E. Doc Smith’s Lensmen Series Imagined a Neotopian Universe

By Sara Light-Waller Fans of classic science fiction are undoubtedly familiar with E. E. “Doc” Smith’s Lensmen series (published from approximately 1937-1954). The books are ultimate space operas where massive fleets harness the power of suns as directed energy weapons and full-size planets as projectiles. The heroes are hard-hitting space warriors, spies, and telepaths in the service of Civilization. That’s some heady stuff right there! But reviewing the Lensmen as works of literature or even as an adventure series is not my purpose today. Instead, I’m going to talk about…

ROCKETEER FEATURE: Fontastic Lettering Changes from 1920 to Today

by Sara Light-Waller A ROCKETEER reader suggested the topic for this month’s From the Drafting Table column — changes in book and magazine font styles during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Of course, this is a huge topic and I will cover only a small section of it, the common fonts used in the body text of books and magazines. You might wonder why anyone should care. Words are words, right? Unfortunately not. Our minds register something strange when an odd font is used. It may be that the…

ROCKETEER SUPPLEMENT: Virgil Finlay and Me

Pen and ink V Finlay copy SLW

by Sara Light-Waller Pulp novels are great and adding illustrations makes them even better. Copying masterful artists is an old tradition that helps support and develop an artist’s skills. I’ve been a pen and ink artist for more than thirty years. I also enjoy scratchboard, but use it more rarely. I’ve copied many artist’s works, including notable pen & ink artists — Henry Justice Ford (1860-1940), Howard Pyle (1853-1911), and William Heath Robinson (1872 – 1944). By copying ink drawings line by line, you can learn a great deal about…

ROCKETEER FEATURE: VENUS IN THE PULPS

STARTL SEP 1949

By Sara Light-Waller “Day again — one hundred and seventy dragging hours of throttling, humid heat. An interminable period of monotony lived in eternal mists, swirling with sluggish dankness, enervating, miasmatic, pulsant with the secret whisperings of mephitic life-forms. That accounted for the dull existence of a Venusian trader, safe in the protection of his stilt-legged trading post twenty feet above the spongy earth — but bored to the point of madness.”  — The Hothouse Planet by A.K. Barnes. Although scientists today take a very different view, in the pulp…