Podcast #16: Superman and the Library of Congress

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This week’s Rocketeer podcast is about two things that don’t really go together and I’m going to treat it as two distinct parts. Part One is what I’d planned to talk about last week, the original origin of Superman. Part Two is about Jazz Age romance novels, something I’m researching at the moment. You can listen to it here. As an addendum I’d like to add an odd little post script. One of the romance novelists I mentioned in my podcast–“Vivian Grey”–was also the pseudonym of 19th century British statesman…

Podcast #14: Devolution

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In this week’s podcast I’m talking about the idea that humans were once greater or perhaps stranger beings than we are today and have since devolved. I present three pulp-era stories on this topic: Devolution by Edmond Hamilton first appeared in Amazing Stories, in the December, 1936 issue. False Dawn by Henry Kuttner first appeared in Thrilling Wonder Stories in the June 1942 issue. The Code by Catherine Lucille Moore (as by Lawrence O’Donnell) first appeared in Astounding Science Fiction in the July 1945 issue. Join me for the podcast…

Podcast #13: “Secrets, Inc.”

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This week’s podcast features Frederick C. Davis’ 1930’s detective series, Secrets, Inc.. This was Davis’ first series for Dime Detective. It ran from 1933 to 1935. The nine stories feature a Hollywood detective named, Clay “Oke” Oakley and take place in and around Hollywood, CA. The plots features some excellent “weird menace” type plots that will keep you on the edge of your seats! Join me on Substack for this week’s ROCKETEER!

Podcast #11: The Outlawed Centaur

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Okay, so this will require a bit of an introduction. It’s a bit like the dog that chased the cat, that ate the rat, that ate the other thing, etc. I discovered British author, Bertram Atkey, while researching some of Nelson S. Bond’s harder to find stories in Blue Book Magazine (from the 1940’s.) Like Bond, Atkey was a good humorist and a story by one of the two was included in each issue during the war years. This was to make sure that the issues didn’t get too heavy.…

Podcast #10: Love Pulps for Valentine’s Day

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What else would I talk about today? tee hee We’ll get back to smart-mouthed ace detectives and handsome space jockeys later on but for today the ROCKETEER is all about love! I’m not sure I’ve ever written about the love pulps before but today seemed a PERFECT day for it. (And I’ve even added some music!) Happy Valentine’s Day, dahlings! You can listen to the ROCKETEER podcast here.

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

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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…

Podcast #8: Science Fiction As Delight

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Sheesh, am I late making this post! Why the next ROCKETEER podcast will be out tomorrow! I have been writing up a storm over the last few days, working on a new story which had not been going well until just about one week ago. Now I have the metaphoric tiger by the tail and I’m eagerly writing every free moment I have. I talk about that process briefly in Podcast #8: Science Fiction as Delight, which is an exploration of the elements that make sci-fi engaging, memorable, and dare…