Sunday, May 23, 2021

Rock This World: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

Rock This World: Golden Age Space Opera TalesWho needs planets, when there are other chunks of rock that support life? Or can, if you treat them right.

Oh, government snooping and regulation enforcement is much harder, so independent types can pretty much run things as they like – well, except when…

This anthology of stories is about human life on asteroids and moonlets – what people make of it, and how they interact in such places. Of course, there are the occasional monsters, and the vagaries of surviving where maybe Earth people shouldn’t wander off to.

All with the usual drama and strife – like humans are known to bring along wherever they go.

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:

The Happy Castaway by Emmett McDowell
The Addicts by Joseph Samachson
The Madcap Metalloids by W.V. Athanas
Asleep in Armageddon by Ray Bradbury
Murderer’s Base by William J. Brittain
Chicken Farm by Ross Rocklynne
And the Gods Laughed by Fredric Brown
The Monster Maker by Ray Bradbury
Grifters’ Asteroid by H. L. Gold
Cosmic Yo-Yo by Ross Rocklynne
Love Among the Robots by Robert Emmett McDowell
Asteroid of the Damned by Frederik Pohl & Dirk Wylie
The Little Pets of Arkkhan by Bill Garson
The Star Mouse by Fredric Brown
The Star of Satan by Henry Hasse
Gods of Space by Ray Cummings
Collision Orbit by Clyde Beck
Space Bat by Carl Selwyn
Monster of the Asteroid by Ray Cummings
Out of the Iron Womb! by Poul Anderson
The Soul Eaters by William Conover
What Hath Me? by Henry Kuttner
Revolt in the Ice Empire by Ray Cummings
Juggernaut of Space by Ray Cummings
The Prison Of the Stars by Stanley Mullen

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