Thursday, January 14, 2021

When Thieves Rule: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

When Thieves Rule: Golden Age Space Opera TalesThieves often wind up in charge.

Whether they wear a suit and tie, or a hoodie, it doesn’t matter much. The result is the same.

Someone loses something valuable, even though it was supposed to be in a “safe place”.

That even applies to politics like stealing something more intangible – like an election (*ahem*)

Regardess. the subject of stealing and stealers is always good fodder for both space opera and satire.

But for thin-skinned political junkies – here’s your chance to look away.

Or a chance to see what long-dead authors have to say about some political “leader” who may or may not have a passing resemblance to some thief currently ruling…

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:

Wreck Off Triton by Alfred Coppel
Treasure of Triton by Charles A. Baker
A Knyght Ther Was by Robert F. Young
A Guest of Ganymede by C. C. MacApp
Captives of the Thieve-Star by James H. Schmitz
It Takes a Thief by Walter M. Miller
The Jewel of Bas by Leigh Brackett

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