March 2024 updates from Lucina Press

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I’ve been posting a lot about the Rocketeer lately and thought it’d be nice to do a more general update. To begin with, I’ve been writing some “future histories.” My illustrated short story, Anchor, is just the beginning of that tale. There are two other stories, both novellas (or “novels” in old pulp magazine-speak), which recount the continuing adventures of the Time Keepers. The first one will be the other side of Anchor–what happens to Lucy’s partner, Mytah, after he’s been kidnapped. I quite like that story, it’s a real…

Ode To A Bedsheet: What’s a Pulp Magazine?

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Last weekend was my birthday and I was working hard to finish the first draft of the second version of my new “Moon Man” novelette. Funny thing, I mentioned this to someone yesterday at a meeting and they assumed I was finishing READING a novelette. “No,” I clarified. “Not reading, writing.” It made me laugh, she doesn’t know me very well. Anyway, the second attempt is much better. I liked the first plot and may still use it for another story, but it wasn’t hitting the correct marks for a…

Interview with me! “PulpFest Profile — Sara Light-Waller, Artist of the Cosmos”

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I’m a regular contributor to the PulpFest profiles column and it was a great treat to take my turn in the interviewee’s seat this month. Check out my new interview with Craig McDonald over at PulpFest.com. Many thanks to Craig, Mike Chomko and the rest of the PulpFest committee for honoring me with this interview. Here’s how the interview begins: “Pulp magazines have influenced writers, artists, film directors, software developers, and countless others over the years. Our “PulpFest Profiles” focus on contemporary creators who have drawn inspiration from these rough-paper…

New Black Gate article and a surprise pick-up!

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There’s no doubt that H. Beam Piper’s “Paratime” stories are some of my favorites. I like stories about time and multi-dimensional travel  and his are some of the best. My second article for the online magazine “Black Gate” is now live. You can read, “Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen: Piper’s Connecticut Yankee Tale” right here. As an added bit of excitement for the article’s release it was immediately picked up by a science fiction news aggregator — File 770, Mike Glyer’s News of SF Fandom and has a nice mention in…

I just tiptoed onto Locus’ 2020 Recommended Reading List

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No, it wasn’t one of my books. Not yet, anyway! Instead, I have an illustration in a book that has made the 2020 Locus Recommended Reading List! The book is The Visual History of Science Fiction Fandom, Volume One: The 1930s and my illustration is “The Science Fiction Special.” First Fandom Experience Project got two books onto this prestigious list in 2020, the second being The Earliest Bradbury which is another peach of a book. Congratulations to the First Fandom Experience project for this wonderful (and well-deserved) accomplishment! Here is…

The Cosmos Contest – I won the Grand Prize!!

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I WON!! This is big…VERY BIG!! I just won the 2020 Cosmos Prize for my pulp story, “Battle at Neptune.”  This is a big win for me as it was judged as a pulp science fiction story by people who really know what they’re reading. From the judges: Grand Prize: Battle at Neptune, by Sara Light-Waller In which a desperate last stand buys time for a united Solar System to invent a new and devastating dimensional weapon to defeat the invader Ay-Artz. Includes original illustrations! We chose the winning entries…

Heroines of Science Fiction and Fantasy — Part Two

This morning I was utterly delighted to see this unexpected post from PulpFest editor, Mike Chomko. I am beyond flattered. Heroines of Science Fiction and Fantasy — Part Two Jul 9, 2019 by Mike Chomko Yesterday, we learned about the “Heroines of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from the past. Today, we’d like to discuss two PulpFest members who are among today’s “Heroines of Science Fiction and Fantasy.” It goes without saying that we consider Sara Light-Waller one of our “Heroines of Science Fiction and Fantasy.” Sara is one of more…

Heroines of Science Fiction & Fantasy

I’M PRETTY STUBBORN. I’ve been told that a lot. One of the things I’m stubborn about is that there are worthy heroines in Golden Age science fiction. Looking at those old pulp covers you’d never believe it, I know. But I’ve dug up some pretty interesting gals for my newest article on the Heroines of Science Fiction and Fantasy over at the PulpFest blog. Please join me for some woman-power from the old-school. A gorgeous girl in a colorful bullet bra, matching hot pants and calf-high boots. People believe that…

Two new articles

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In past weeks I’ve published two pulp articles that I’ll link for you here. Both celebrate the 90th anniversaries of pulp magazines, Science Wonder Stories and Air Wonder Stories. Both appear on the PulpFest blog. A Story of WONDER by Sara Light-Waller The first issue of SCIENCE WONDER STORIES hit the newsstands ninety years ago, on May 3, 1929. Behind the dramatic Frank R. Paul cover were included five short stories, the beginning of a serialized novel — “The Reign of the Ray” by Fletcher Pratt and Irvin Lester —…