Pulpfest Profile: Bradbury in Oz

Laurent Durieux_THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ

I love fairy tales, the stories, illustrations, the works! They form the basis for many cultural stereotypes and were used as both teaching tales for children and as a way to critique society without risk of censure. L. Frank Baum can be considered the first truly American fabulist. His Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) gave American boys and girls the chance to imagine fairy tales taking place in their own country. It was ground-breaking at the time and firmly stamped the land of Oz into the fabric of our society.…

Good reviews are always welcome

My new Captain Future article just got a nice mention from the Little Red Reviewer in this week’s Vintage Sci-Fi Round Up! Sara Light-Waller has an excellent profile of Captain Future, at PulpFest. The mythos of Captain Future goes back to the first Worldcon, how cool is that? I’ve seen other nice comments on social media as well. Feeling very grateful today. 🙂

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…

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

Cover of 1st issue of Science Wonder Stories

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 —…

Guest Post on Rodney’s Saga

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Author, Sara Light-Waller, visits the Rodney’s Saga blog today talking about her new book – Landscape of Darkness. The first five people to comment on the post will win a free copy of the book. Hurry, hurry! Here’s an excerpt: “We need to remember that humanity can do its own saving.” Landscape of Darkness: Creating Stability in a Time of Chaos I called my hero, Sam, because I was tired of science fiction names that sounded like the author was either stoned or had numb lips. The surname Mercury seemed…