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Living Forever: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

Living Forever: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

To live for eternity in the arms of someone you loveor is living forever all it’s cracked up to be? 

Time changes things. But then again, is there anything about time that is itself finite and definite?

These eleven stories, by authors now long gone, each examined their ideas and preconceptions of time through their Golden Age science fiction stories.

All so you could “just happen” to find them again.

But that’s the deal these days: stories are timeless and their authors live each as a candle in the wind…

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 L’Amour, “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:

Up for Renewal by Lucius Daniel
Halftripper by Mack Reynolds
Until Life Do Us Part by Winston K. Marks
The Timeless Ones by Frank Belknap Long
What Shall It Profit? by Poul Anderson
Second Childhood by Clifford D. Simak
World of the Mad by Poul Anderson
The Last Monster by Gardner F. Fox
Purple Forever by Jack Lewis
The Old Ones by Betsy Curtis
The Jewel of Bas by Leigh Brackett

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