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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…

ROCKETEER FEATURE: A DISTINCTLY ALIEN SKY

Symbols of An Alien Sky: Polar Conjunction

by Sara Light-Waller Perhaps the strangest vision of the planet Venus comes from the Thunderbolts Project, a joint study of Comparative Mythology, Cosmology, and Plasma Physics by David Talbott and Wallace Thornhill. This revolutionary synthesis of ancient testimony, high-energy plasma experiments, and space age discoveries suggests that ancient myths and legends have their true origins in extremely violent electrical discharge formations in the heavens. According to the researchers, the skies above Earth were once immensely different from how they appear today. Planets Saturn, Venus, and Mars were much closer to…

A Smashingly Good Review for Landscape!

Star Scene_News Flash

Landscape has received another 5 Star review. The gentleman is himself an author of pulp space opera so the review is even more meaningful. He’s posted it on Amazon and on his blog, Pulp Den. Here’s an excerpt… “Right out of the pulp magazines of the 1930s & ‘40s, the author spins her tale of space opera as if she was writing for Amazing Stories in its heyday. …This was so much fun. I had to stop and check every so often to make sure I wasn’t reading a Captain…