Sunday, December 27, 2020

Henry Hasse: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

Henry Hasse: Golden Age Space Opera TalesHenry Louis Hasse (February 7, 1913 – May 20, 1977) was an American science fiction author and fan. He is probably known best for being the co-author of Ray Bradbury’s first published story, “Pendulum”, which appeared in November 1941 in Super Science Stories.

With works published from 1936 – 1975, Hasse’s novelette “He Who Shrank” is anthologized in both the classic 1946 collection Adventures in Time and Space, edited by Raymond J. Healy and J. Francis McComas, and in Isaac Asimov’s memoir of 1930s science fiction Before the Golden Age.

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:

Alcatraz of the Starways by Albert dePina & Henry Hasse
Revenge of the Vera by Henry Hasse
Out of This World by Henry Hasse
City of the Living Flame by Henry Hasse
Star of Panadur by Albert dePina & Henry Hasse
Thief of Mars by Henry Hasse
The Star of Satan by Henry Hasse
Proktols of Neptune by Henry Hasse
The Beginning by Henry Hasse
Walls of Acid by Henry Hasse
We’re Friends, Now by Henry Hasse
One Purple Hope! by Henry Hasse

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