Sunday, July 11, 2021

N’Yack: Golden Age Space Opera Tales

N'Yack: Golden Age Space Opera TalesNew York City (pronounced “N’Yack”) is a strange and exotic location – it always has been. No other place on this Earth operates like it does. Not just everyone can live or survive there. it’s got a whole lot of people who were bred and trained just for this environment. And people will get into trouble with each other, even in “normal” places.

And so, it’s a perfect culture for growing stories.

This anthology of stories set in the near and distant future New York pose interesting questions for us to solve.

Like: what really happens after all hell breaks loose and society breaks down?

Or, maybe the story is just about robots replacing our menial tasks that we do every day – until they start resenting it.

All entertaining. Time travel, mystery, even some futuristic romance might be found here. Just like our modern-day New York.

Once you read these classic science fiction “what-if” stories, you can compare everything for yourself to see if the writer got/will get it right…

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:

  • A Bad Town for Spacemen by Robert Scott
  • A Bad Day for Sales by Fritz Leiber
  • Make Me An Offer by Con Blomberg
  • Night Court by Norman Arkawy
  • “Phone Me in Central Park” by James V. McConnell
  • Coming Attraction by Fritz Leiber
  • A Traveler in Time by August Derleth
  • Little Boy by Jerome Bixby
  • A Question of Identity by Frank Riley
  • Nor Iron Bars a Cage…. by Randall Garrett

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