Saturday, May 29, 2021

When Cities Implode 02: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

When Cities Implode 02: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

Cities have long been a powder kegjust waiting for that spark of insurrection to bring them down into darkness.

While our history is filled with dystopian tales of post-collapse survival, our future-history on other planets is also rich with these.

Post apocryphal stories is the stuff of legends, even where they occurred – or have yet to occur.

Enjoy these talents who are all gone now, leaving only their stories that haven’t happened yet – or have they? Far away on distant shores, where the ocean laps at the ruined harbor of a city where the survivors, well, survive…

This collection of stories from the 40’s and 50’s of Science Fiction’s Golden Age are modern in style, but still use space opera elements to tell their tales. Please enjoy.

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:

– Let There Be Light by H. B. Fyfe
– The Chasm by Bryce Walton
– Inheritance by Edward W. Ludwig
– The Builders by Fox B. Holden
– Let the Ants Try by Frederik Pohl
– Not a Creature Was Stirring by Dean Evans
– The Outer Quiet by Herbert D. Kastle
– Dreamer’s World by Bryce Walton
– The Spy in the Elevator by Donald E. Westlake
– Transfer Point by Anthony Boucher
– The Music Master of Babylon by Edgar Pangborn

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