Thursday, January 14, 2021

Criminal In Chief: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

Criminal In Chief: Golden Age Space Opera TalesIf you haven’t noticed, criminals like to run things their way. Mostly into the ground.

Some even become politicians (even though we all know that government only does one thing well – screw up everything they touch.)

So having a criminal running a government, at any level is a basic disaster in the making. Only their own conscience (and God) can tell you how they got that way.

For the rest of us, we just have to pray they come to their senses (or get locked away where they can’t hurt anyone else.)

These satires are a great way to catch up on how criminals work and what they are going to do in the future.

Otherwise, have fun reading and get entertained.

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.

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An Incident on Route 12 by James H. Schmitz
Vengeance on Mars! by Jerome Bixby
The Eel by Miriam Allen De Ford
Alien Equivalent by Richard Rein Smith
Wreck Off Triton by Alfred Coppel
Heist Job on Thizar by Randall Garrett
The Monster That Threatened the Universe by R. R. Winterbotham
Blind Play by Chandler Davis
Baker’s Dozens by Jim Harmon
The Star of Satan by Henry Hasse
Enter the Nebula by Carl Jacobi
Mirage for Planet X by Stanley Mullen

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