Friday, January 01, 2021

Hail to the Thieves: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

Hail to the Thieves: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

This anthology is about the thieves in our lives.

Of course, this is just fiction – satire, actually. Pulled from the timeless stories from the Golden Age of Space Opera Tales.

Any reflection or similarities to our current culture is impossible, since these stories occur in a time still in advance of ours, and on planets and moons that aren’t the way we see them now – even with our largest telescopes and remote landers.

Still, you have to wonder if recent events were predicted somehow by these authors who are all long gone by now…

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:

Stolen Brains by By Captain S. P. Meek
Heist Job on Thizar by Randall Garrett
Down Went McGinty by Fox B. Holden
The Death From Orion by W. J. Matthews
The Women-Stealers of Thrayx by Fox B. Holden
License to Steal by Louis Newman
Mind Stealers of Pluto by Joseph Farrell
It Takes a Thief by Walter M. Miller
Thief of Mars by Henry Hasse

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