Okay Space Explorers, today I want you to put on your special quartz reflecting ray goggles and join me for a journey into infinity! What Mad Universe (1948) is a delightful science fantasy story written by Fredric Brown. Keith Winton gets caught in a blast created by an experimental moon rocket crashing back to Earth. The electrical nature of the explosion shoves Winton through the walls of our universe and into another reality—where pulp science fiction stories are real! This is one of my favorite pulp stories. Well, why not? It’s…
Explorations: The Roots of H. B. Piper’s Dhergabar
I’m a huge fan of H. Beam Piper’s works, particularly his Paratime Police stories. The city of Dhergabar is often mentioned in the stories. It is the First Level city where Paratime Police have their headquarters on “Home” timeline. The name has always struck me as funny, linguistically. Today in The Rocketeer I explore what could possibly be the linguistic roots of the word, Dhergabar. Join me over on Substack to read, “Explorations: The Roots of H. B. Piper’s Dhergabar” — https://tinyurl.com/2p83auhy
Today’s Rocketeer is meant to shift your vantage point of perception. I hope it will. Read “Feminism…what?” over on Substack and ladies, see if you can’t relate to what I’ve written here.
Mystical Tourism in Science Fiction: Consciousness Travel
It’s Wednesday and that means that The Rockeeter is out today with a new article! Time travel, consciousness travel, parallel travel, even some “quantum leaping”–yup, they’re all in there. See for yourself over on Substack!
The Original Science Fiction
Well Space Explorers it’s Wednesday and that means that it’s time for the your weekly missive from Captain Light over on Venus Base. Read The Rocketeer on Substack. Today’s post is called, “The Original Science Fiction.”
New Rocketeer post on Substack!
After this week my Rocketeer articles will come out on Wednesdays. But due to some funky scheduling, last Wednesday’s post has came out today. It’s called, “The Gernsback Continuum: Gibson Closes a Door.” Check it out over on Substack!
The Rocketeer Returns
Well, space explorers I’ll bet you thought ‘ol Captain Light was lost to the solar tides of some other sun, didn’t you? Not so! I’m not saying that our space fleet didn’t have some outrageous circumstances and near misses…of course we did! But we’ve zoomed back to Earth at last. And now it’s 2023. Who’d ever thought we’d get here? Why it’s the future or I’m a devil of Jupiter! The Rocketeer newsletter is going to have a new format now, something much more high tech—online posts on Substack. Very…
Rocketeer Feature: Parallel Realities: An Easy Way To Fry Your Brain
Timeline Jumping and the Mandela Effect Disclaimer: you’re in no way obligated to believe anything in this post unless, of course, you want to. Then, by all means. I’m going to be perfectly honest with you, Time is never as obedient as you think it should be. It’s curvy and brain-buckling, changing speeds unexpectedly and never with the right amount of warning. Time shrinks or expands to fill a space depending upon your mood and the level of engagement you have with what’s going on. That’s why a favorite TV…
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…