Saturday, February 20, 2021

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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