Saturday, February 20, 2021

Happy Castaways: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

Happy Castaways: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

Castaway!

A word that has meant dire warning and inevitable doom through sea faring tales – and now space-faring ones.

Or does it?

Golden Age Space Opera has traditionally ended up with happy endings – or at least, non-tragic.

This anthology of stories concerning castaways in outer space, in times that haven’t happened (yet) has that one element in common. Someone wound up marooned and had to make the best of it.

Perfect for settling back in an easy chair, couch, or bed on a solitary evening with only your imagination for company. Or, with these short stories, just being able to escape by yourself for awhile in the midst of our too-crowded modern lives…

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”.

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:

The Happy Castaway by Emmett McDowell
The Recluse by Mike Curry
The Shipshape Miracle by Clifford D. Simak
Star of Panadur by Albert dePina & Henry Hasse
Death Star by James McKimmey
Asleep in Armageddon by Ray Bradbury
Distress Signal by Ross Rocklynne
The Castaway by Nelson S. Bond
Morley’s Weapon by D. W. Barefoot
The Star of Satan by Henry Hasse
Thralls of the Endless Night by Leigh Brackett
Cosmic Castaway by Carl Jacobi
The Soul Eaters by William Conover

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Throuples: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

Throuples: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

If two are better than one, then three are…

Love triangles are nothing knew to this planet. Classic space opera tails take this subject up more than once. And in places off-world you can only imagine.

So many stories abound that it was no surprise that a nice anthology of these-type stories could be assembled into a luscious anthology all on it’s own.

All short stories and novellas for your own quick read in bed, on your couch, or even at the kitchen table. Wherever the mood excites you. Even at work – on your breaks, of course.

Enjoy these classics and find early works by now-unknown authors who had something to say about the male-female relationships in different quantities.

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”.

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:

Until Life Do Us Part by Winston K. Marks
Bargain Basement by Charles L. Fontenay
A Husband for My Wife by William W. Stuart
Venus Hate by John McGreevey
Matchmaker by Charles L. Fontenay
Bodyguard by H. L. Gold
The Lost Tribes of Venus by Erik Fennel

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Plandemic: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

Plandemic: Golden Age Space Opera TalesOn this world and many others, plague outbreaks always involve the government…

After all, they are the ones who are supposed to be protecting us – not just profiting over logistics. In outer space, it’s harder to connect the dots. But those connections are still there.

This anthology of stories take place on other planets, in times yet to come. But they all explore the many questions about how to deal with pandemics – quite regardless of whether the conspiracy theories are ever proved.

Enjoy these short stories in the breaks of time you have. And remember – if you’re by yourself, no one can be offended if you don’t wear a mask.

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”.

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:

Synthetic Hero by Erik Fennel
Ricardo’s Virus by William Tenn
The Android Kill by John Jakes
Tepondicon by Carl Jacobi
The Great Green Blight by Robert Emmett McDowell
One Against the Stars by Bill Garson
Doctor by Murray Leinster
Contagion by Katherine MacLean

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