What Price Glory: Bryce Walton’s, “The Victor”

The Victor

I find Bryce Walton’s dystopians fascinating. His stated goal was to out-do Orwell and I think he certainly succeeded. The variety of his social nightmares is without compare. In this week’s Rockteer podcast I’m talking about the best of those social horrors: “The Victor” (1953). There are others in his catalog that come close but for me this story is the most chilling. Prepare to be existentially terrified. Listen here. By the way, the artwork you see in the meme above is one of my paintings. The Victor was never…

Podcast # 18: A Room Too Small: The Great Illusion

This week’s Rocketeer podcast is about a story called, “The Great Illusion” which came out in 1938. Don’t be fooled y’all. This is not the story called, “The Great Illusion” (in part by Edmond Hamilton) which came out in 1936. No, no! In the podcast I explain what that is all about. And here’s a bit I left out for the sake of space. Did you know that Edmond Hamilton is one of the two fathers of Space Opera? Yep. Hamilton and E. E. Doc Smith are the two wonderful…

Podcast #9: The Story of Fantasy Fiction And How It Used To Be Everything

Fantasy meme

Once upon a time, and for a very long time, Fantasy Fiction was an amazingly broad category. What changed and when is the topic of this week’s ROCKETEER. You can listen here. As a post script to this podcast, I think we should broaden out the category again, if for no other reason than to encourage creative thought. It would also be fun to combine some of the elements they used to call “Fantasy” back in the the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It might create some strange combinations…