Author’s Afternoon at the Museum

CANCELLED! Sadly, this event has been cancelled due to a venue issue. 🙁 Please join me at a very special afternoon with local authors at the Lewis County Historical Museum. This is my third year at the event and it’s always fun. Lots of great people, great books, and all in a historic train station that is also our local museum. There’ll be lots of Christmas present possibilities. I’ll be bringing art as well as books for sale!

An ASTOUNDING 90 Years

Astounding Science-Fiction, March 1938.

When PulpFest’s blog editor asked me to write an article about Astounding/Analog’s 90th birthday I had only the slightest idea of what I’d be writing about. Oh sure, I knew the magazine and I knew that John W. Campbell, Jr. was a hugely important figure in the history of science fiction. He had an extraordinarily long tenure as the magazine’s editor (from late 1937 until his death in 1971) and during that time shaped science fiction as we know it. Here’s a delightful video about him on YouTube.  As I…

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…

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…

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…