Chicago changes in the future.
And mostly in bad ways – because, well, apocalypse happens. Well, in some SF future histories, anyway.
Diving deep into the archives of Golden Age space opera found these 6 stories where you can compare their ideas of what’s going to happen with your own Windy City.
Don’t worry, these authors passed on a while back, so they are beyond being insulted if your world doesn’t turn out like theirs.
But all their stories are short, so you can enjoy their diversions in the small pieces of time you spend in any rushed urban environment you may have.
But let’s just hope it’s not ‘Cagga…
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.
Con-Fen by James R. Adams
Until Life Do Us Part by Winston K. Marks
License to Steal by Louis Newman
The Place Where Chicago Was by Jim Harmon
Bullet with His Name by Fritz Leiber
Deadly City by Paul W. Fairman
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