Sunday, November 22, 2020

Lester Del Ray: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

Lester Del Ray: Golden Age Space Opera TalesLester del Rey (June 2, 1915 – May 10, 1993) was an American science fiction author and editor. He was the author of many books in the juvenile Winston Science Fiction series, and the editor at Del Rey Books, the fantasy and science fiction imprint of Ballantine Books, along with his fourth wife Judy-Lynn del Rey.

Del Rey first started publishing stories in pulp magazines in the late 1930s, at the dawn of the so-called Golden Age of Science Fiction. He was associated with the most prestigious science fiction magazine of the era, Astounding Science Fiction, from the time its editor John W. Campbell published his first short story in the April 1938 issue: “The Faithful”, already under the name Lester del Rey.

He published novels, as well as short fiction, both under his primary pseudonym Lester del Rey as well as a number of other pen names, at a fast pace through the 1950s and the early sixties. His novel writing slowed down toward the end of the sixties, with his last novel, Weeping May Tarry (written with Raymond F. Jones) appearing from Pinnacle Books in 1978.

Space Opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking. Set mainly or entirely in outer space, it usually involves conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities, futuristic weapons, and other sophisticated technology.

The term has no relation to music, as in a traditional opera, but is instead a play on the terms “soap opera”, a melodramatic television series, and “horse opera”, which was coined during the 1930s to indicate a formulaic Western movie. Space operas emerged in the 1930s and continue to be produced in literature, film, comics, television, and video games.

The Golden Age of Pulp Magazine Fiction derives from pulp magazines (often referred to as “the pulps”) as they were inexpensive fiction magazines that were published from 1896 to the late 1950s. The term pulp derives from the cheap wood pulp paper on which the magazines were printed. In contrast, magazines printed on higher-quality paper were called “glossies” or “slicks”. (Wikipedia)

The pulps gave rise to the term pulp fiction. Pulps were the successors to the penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short-fiction magazines of the 19th century. Although many writers wrote for pulps, the magazines were proving grounds for those authors like Robert Heinlein, Louis LaMour, “Max Brand”, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, and many others. The best writers moved onto longer fiction required by paperback publishers. Many of these authors have never been out of print, even long after their passing.

Anthology containing:

Earthbound
Spawning Ground
Dead Ringer
Operation Distress
The Course of Logic
No Strings Attached
The Dwindling Years
Let ‘Em Breathe Space!
Victory
Pursuit
The Sky Is Falling
Police Your Planet

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Elections, Inc. – by Marpel, Saunders, Kruze, Brower

Elections, Inc - Speculative Fiction Anthology - Political HumorDO ELECTIONS REALLY HAVE CONSEQUENCES?

This saying is repeated often, and seldom fully understood.

So this collection of pure fiction came into being, which explores the choices that politicians and those who manage them, and follow them. We can see the results of their choices in these fantastical worlds. Told through the lives of those affected, often as unintended effects on those lives.

Because that is the best way to tell stories, to let them explore their own themes, is by telling those stories through the fictional characters who “lived” them.

There seems too much harshness, too much insensitiveness to others in our current culture. Even the word “intolerance” has been twisted to mean “you don’t agree with me or my ideas, so…”

In these stories, good wins out. There are no true tragedies here, other than what lies beyond the main character’s own stories.

There are bad consequences to treating people badly. Because the Golden Rule is one natural phenomenon that is inexorable – as you treat others is how you wind up treated.

But we’ll leave it at that.

Because this hefty anthology of stories was pulled from three years of short-fiction output. And stories are meant to be entertaining, not preachy.

Each of these authors has grown in style and ability during that time. And the stories are not accumulated by their growing finesse, but by relevance to exploring consequences.

Here you’ll find satire, romance, adventure, and mystery – even redemption at times. All a quiet way to distract yourself from our currently too-serious world of elections, politicians, and governments run amuck.

Each is short, but easy to get through in small snippets of time. This is no over-arcing set of tales set in any epic world. Instead, these worlds are not too different from our own – or what our world could wind up being.

While it’s true you don’t alway get the candidate you vote for, it’s also true that you get the government you settle for.

Because elections do have consequences. Even in fiction.

Please enjoy.

Anthology containing:

Doppel by S. H. Marpel, R. L. Saunders
The Panic of 2020 by S. H. Marpel, R. L. Saunders
The Chardonnay Conspiracy by R. L. Saunders
The Integrity Implosions by R. L. Saunders
The Lonely Witness by R. L. Saunders
The Mystery of Meri by S. H. Marpel
Mind Timing by R. L. Saunders, C. C. Brower
Our Second Civil War by R. L. Saunders, C. C. Brower
Riot Wall by S. H. Marpel, R. L. Saunders
A Very Thin Line by S. H. Marpel
The Case of the Walkaway Blues by J. R. Kruze, S. H. Marpel
For the Love of ‘Cagga by R. L. Saunders, C. C. Brower
Synco (TM) by R. L. Saunders, J. R. Kruze
The Tunnel People by R. L. Saunders
When the Cities Died, I Danced by C. C. Brower

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

James Blish: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

James Blish: Golden Age Space Opera TalesJames Benjamin Blish (May 23, 1921 – July 30, 1975) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He is best known for his Cities in Flight novels, and his series of Star Trek novelizations written with his wife, J. A. Lawrence. He is credited with creating the term “gas giant” to refer to large planetary bodies.

Blish was a member of the Futurians. His first published stories appeared in Super Science Stories and Amazing Stories.

Blish wrote literary criticism of science fiction using the pen name William Atheling Jr.

Space Opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking. Set mainly or entirely in outer space, it usually involves conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities, futuristic weapons, and other sophisticated technology.

The term has no relation to music, as in a traditional opera, but is instead a play on the terms “soap opera”, a melodramatic television series, and “horse opera”, which was coined during the 1930s to indicate a formulaic Western movie. Space operas emerged in the 1930s and continue to be produced in literature, film, comics, television, and video games.

The Golden Age of Pulp Magazine Fiction derives from pulp magazines (often referred to as “the pulps”) as they were inexpensive fiction magazines that were published from 1896 to the late 1950s. The term pulp derives from the cheap wood pulp paper on which the magazines were printed. In contrast, magazines printed on higher-quality paper were called “glossies” or “slicks”. (Wikipedia)

The pulps gave rise to the term pulp fiction. Pulps were the successors to the penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short-fiction magazines of the 19th century. Although many writers wrote for pulps, the magazines were proving grounds for those authors like Robert Heinlein, Louis LaMour, “Max Brand”, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, and many others. The best writers moved onto longer fiction required by paperback publishers. Many of these authors have never been out of print, even long after their passing.

Anthology containing:

One-Shot
The Thing in the Attic
To Pay the Piper

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