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Nightshade Books Latest Releases
Fantastic Fiction at KGB
Ford Street Latest Releases
Geoffrey A. Landis Wins Robert A. Heinlein Award
Self-Promotion (Women ARE Allowed To Do It Too)
For the Benefit Of Those Who Can See
Average Joes Want Diversity In SF Too
SFF In Conversation: Women Write SFF
A Contemporary Author Makes the Case For SF’s Predictive Qualities
Arthur C. Clarke Award Puts Women First
On Microaggression (Some have complained that the background artwork on the blog MNBSFW; mileage varies, looks like nice illo work to me)
New Cosmos Coming Soon: Profile of deGrasse Tyson
Enter the Twilight Zone: All 156 Episodes, All At Once! (plus the same treatment for many other shows)
Dusk Till Dawn TV Show Trailer (video)
Star Trek Not Ready For Third Film?
TangentOnline OTR: Tarzan in Headhunters Of Wombesi
Michael Douglas (!) Is Ant Man
Will Johnny Depp Be Doctor Strange?
Fear Fete Call For Submissions
Adaptation Watch: Read Now, Watch Later
KGB Reading Photos
Inspired By Shatner
Sex Aliens Goes Where Only National Lampoon’s Sextraterrestrials (By Henry Beard; Illustrated by Peter Bramley) Have Gone Before
Jay Lake Fundraiser (via Joe Haldeman)
China To Bid For Worldcon?
Disney Guts the Star Wars Universe (via Mike Walsh)
Windy City Pulp & Paper Con
WSFA Small Press Awards
Robert Silverberg On Philip Jose Farmer
Roddenberry Letter Sold At Auction
Nominate For the Hugo Awards
New Issue of SF Concatenation
DUFF Voting Opens
LonCon 3 Photo Competition
Peter S. Beagle On Huffington Post
Should Major Publishers Change Their Mission?
A Look At Digital Publishing – UK 2014
New SF Imprint From Simon & Schuster
Analog, Asimov’s Raise Word Rates
Honor Harrington Being Adapted, and Adapted and…
New Trends For Publishing In 2014
SFRA Looking For Editors
New Images Of Tarantula Nebula – Awesome
Too Late To Watch, But…
Hiding Under Your School Desk May Have Been The Right Response After All
Planet Orbiting Sun-Like Star Discovered
SF Tech In the Real World (CES Video)
Power A Starship With Black Holes
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In the 1950s, it was fairly common for a long-running radio series to be adapted for television — but it was practically unheard of for a successful TV series to make its way to radio. But, on November 23, 1958, that’s exactly what happened when the CBS Television series Have Gun, Will Travel came to CBS Radio.
Created by Herb Meadow and Sam Rolfe, Have Gun, Will Travel was first aired on CBS-TV September 14, 1957 and starred Richard Boone as Paladin, a cultured, educated, and sophisticated man with an eye for the ladies, a taste for gourmet food, wine, and cigars, and enough skill, nerve, and well-oiled artillery to make him a top-notch gunfighter. Headquartered at the fashionable Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, Paladin had earlier attended West Point and was also a former Army officer, but now chose to finance his luxurious lifestyle by being a combination go-between, negotiator, and hired gun – a white knight, as it were – for those who needed such assistance. Unlike the more scruffy gunsels of the wild west, Paladin relied on his brains as much as his nerve — and made his reputation by use of a distinctive business card that featured the symbol of a white chess knight and read, simply, “Have Gun, Will Travel. Wire Paladin, San Francisco.” When one hired Paladin to do a job, he did it…for a sizeable fee, of course. Questions of morality did come into play – Paladin was, after all, intending to be more of a protector of the helpless than a murdering hit man – so, throughout the series, most who eventually came to face to face with the barrel of his custom-made six shooter had already done quite a lot to deserve their fate. (He also had the good sense to conceal a derringer under his belt, as well as a few expensive cigars in his boot. Classy guy.)
On radio, Paladin was played by John Dehner, a talented character actor who had made his name in featured roles on similar radio series such asGunsmoke and Frontier Gentleman. (Dehner, whose portrayal of Paladin was a bit more arch, suave, and sleek than his TV counterpart, had in fact earlier turned down the leading role of Sheriff Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke for fear of being typecast in western roles.) Dehner was understandably concerned about becoming nothing more than a pale copy of Richard Boone, and so insisted on making the role uniquely his own; radio historian John Dunning describes Dehner’s portrayal as “a streamlined version, perhaps slighter of build…but just as deadly.” The same smooth and slightly menacing voice that had made him such an effective villain on such series as Escape and The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, made him an equally effective Paladin — someone you might enjoy an intellectual discussion with over a glass of decent sherry, but also someone you wouldn’t want to disagree with too aggressively for too long.
There were, of course, many similarities between the TV and radio series, particularly since many (though not all) of the radio scripts were based on earlier television episodes. Both programs used the same musical themes and bridges and relied much more upon dialogue and atmosphere than rip-roaring action to attract audiences. (Paladin, who was well versed in the classics, was frequently given to quoting Shakespeare and recalling obscure bits of history when considering the best way to deal with his various assignments.) On radio, Have Gun, Will Travel also benefited from the presence of Gunsmoke and Fort Laramie producer/director Norman Macdonnell as well as writers Marian Clark and Les Crutchfield, sound effects men Tom Hanley and Ray Kemper, and a host of talented performers such as Sam Edwards, Jack Moyles, Larry Dobkin, and Harry Bartell. The stories were rich with detail, realistic, and typical of the more adult types of western that had evolved in the 1950s; less shoot ’em up, more introspection.
Have Gun, Will Travel was one of the last continuing radio dramas to leave the airwaves, ending a two-year CBS run on November 27, 1960. (The TV series lasted a bit longer – six years in total – and closed up shop on September 21, 1963.) While it lasted, however, Have Gun, Will Travel demonstrated that, even with television capturing the largest audiences and the most advertising dollars, radio could still effectively hold its own when given the opportunity to present quality programming. Heard today, even those who have never experienced quality radio drama firsthand can enjoy the programs simply as effective and engrossing pieces of well-produced audio entertainment.
This collection, the seventh and final volume in our ongoing series, offers another fourteen episodes of Have Gun, Will Travel, just as originally aired over CBS Radio in 1960. 7 hours. $20.98 Audio CDs / $10.49 Download.
“Tain’t funny, McGee…”
By 1951, the Jordan’s were among the top comedy teams in radio and “Fibber McGee and Molly” had been a Tuesday night tradition for over a decade.”Fibber McGee & Molly” premiered on April 16, 1935 and, as Jim later observed, he and Marian were fortunate to have signed a twenty-six week contract: “If we had been on for thirteen weeks I’m sure we would have been off by the end of thirteen weeks.” Though the show’s ratings were anemic at the start – it didn’t help that the couple were competing against the popular “Lux Radio Theatre” on CBS – they slowly developed a following. A move to a more favorable time slot on Tuesday nights a few years later proved even more beneficial and, by the 1940s, Jim and Marian were “must-listen radio” — the stars of one of four comedy shows that were in constant competition for radio’s top spot.
By 1939, Richard Wentworth had been operating as the Spider for nearly six harrowing years. He had been through everything a good pulp hero could expect to face. Malevolent master villains. Sinister Asian world conquerors. Mad scientists more diabolical than anything conceived before that point. And of course since theSpider was a wanted criminal, endless police officials, uniformed cops, homicide detectives and other officers of the law had been pursuing him with single-minded fervor.
A mere mortal would have succumbed back in 1933. Not the indomitable Richard Wentworth. He seemed to thrive on conditions of continuous peril. Yes, he did put down his mask and guns a time or two, vowing never to become the dreaded Spider again. But the call to battle always made his blood sing, and inevitably the Master of Men returned to battle the underworld in another blazing exploit.
The problem for his poor writer, Norvell W. Page, was that there are only so many plot variations for a hero who fought crime in his dual identities. So as the year 1939 dawned, Page and his editors must have put their heads together and asked themselves, “What can we do that we’ve never done before?”
Evidently, they decided to subject Dick Wentworth, his fiancee Nita van Sloan, and the other stalwart Spider crew to a monthly series of challenges designed to make the readers clutch at their hearts and rend their garments in sympathetic anguish.
The stirring sequence began with Rule of the Monster Men. Set against the backdrop of the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the Spider tackles the Wreck, a human fiend straight out of Terror Tales, who surgically transforms ordinary New Yorkers into subhuman beasts.That’s just the start of it!
We don’t want to give away the twists and turns that make up the deadly duel between the Master of Men and the malevolent Wreck in Rule of the Monster Men,except to warn don’t expect everybody to come out of this one unscathed…..
Nick Santa Maria once again brings the Spider to life in this incredible audiobook taken from the June, 1939 issue of The Spider. Also included is another popular Doc Turner story by Arthur Leo Zagat, “Doc Turner and the Winged Terror.” 6 hours $23.98 Audio CDs / $11.99 Download.
Last year, Tom Brown asked me to talk to my old friend, Bob Weinberg, at the Windy City Pulp convention in Chicago about working with Radio Archives. The relationship has since blossomed and the first project, The Best of Argosy Selected by Robert Weinberg, was released last month. Today we are proud to announce Bob’s bestseller, The Devil’s Auction, is now available in audiobook and eBook versions. Three additional Bob’s Weinberg thrillers will be released in the next three months. And starting in May, Robert Weinberg Presents” will showcase even more exciting material. We’re very excited to have this major talent on our team. — Will Murray
Robert Weinberg Presents
The Devil’s Auction eBook
by Robert Weinberg
In 1934 a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names — the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines — weird menace is the sub-genre term that has survived today. Dime Mystery Magazine was one of the most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day. This ebook contains a collection of stories from the pages of Dime Mystery Magazine, all written by Hugh B. Cave, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
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When a brazen adventuress tries to hire Doc Savage for a secret mission—but won’t tell him why—it lights the fuse for one of the most explosive exploits ever to involve the Man of Bronze.Who is Hornetta Hale? Why does she need to rent Doc’s private submarine? And who is so determined to eliminate her that they destroy Doc Savage’s skyscraper headquarters in the process?
The world believed that aviator Tom Franklin was dead. Years before, he had set out on a pioneering transpacific flight alone—and vanished!When he returned, as it from the grave, Franklin and a mysterious woman flew a battered plane that had been repaired with plates of pure gold. Desperately seeking the help of Doc Savage, the mighty Man of Bronze, Franklin and his curvaceous charge fall into the clutches of diamond smuggler Blackbird Hinton and his cutthroat crew—but not before the bronze adventurer hears of their plight.
The Knight of Darkness confronts his greatest superfoe in the classic pulp novels that inspired the 1994 Shadow film starring Alec Baldwin! In “Shiwan Khan Returns,” the last descendent of Genghis Khan comes back from the dead for a titanic rematch with The Shadow! Then, the Dark Avenger and the exotic Myra Reldon team up to battle the mesmeric menace of “The Invincible Shiwan Khan” in another of Walter Gibson’s greatest pulp thrillers! This instant collector’s item showcases both original color pulp covers by Graves Gladney, the classic interior illustrations by legendary artist Edd Cartier and historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. $14.95.
The pulp era’s greatest superhero returns in two-fisted pulp classics by Harold A. Davis and Lester Dent writing as “Kenneth Robeson.” First, graduates of Doc Savage’s Crime College revert to their earlier evil ways, leading the Man of Bronze into a deadly confrontation with an uncanny trickster and “The Purple Dragon.” Then, a failed murder attempt and a gorgeous damsel in distress set Doc, Monk and Ham on the trail of an evil mastermind in “Colors for Murder.”BONUS: a classic Doc Savage script from the Golden Age of Radio! This deluxe pulp reprint also features a classic color pulp cover by Emery Clarke and the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban, plus new historical commentary by Will Murray, author of 13 Doc Savage novels. $14.95.
This is probably the definitive tale involving the two Cranstons – The Shadow in disguise and the real millionaire Lamont Cranston. It’s a wonderful story. This one gets my hearty recommendation. Lots of action, some fantastic death traps in the Museum of Mechanical Science and a climax that involves six – yes, six – of The Shadow! It’s a story you won’t want to miss.
In most stories that involve the “real” Lamont Cranston, he usually appears only briefly in a scene or two. But in this story, the millionaire world traveler appears in the entire story. He assists The Shadow and becomes a de-facto-agent for the master of the night. In this unique story, the two team up and combine forces to fight The Hydra. Normally, the real Cranston is out of the country on one of his many trips to foreign lands. But in this story, he’s back to stay. As he puts it, “Globe-trotting is an obsolete sport nowadays, with world conditions as they are.” He is referring to World War II which was hotly ablaze by then.Lamont Cranston – the real one – is our proxy hero throughout the entire story. And his continuing presence makes for some intriguing situations. The real Cranston goes to the club to have dinner with Commissioner Weston, not having seen him for quite a while. But from the Commissioner’s standpoint, he’s dined with Cranston only recently. He dined with the disguised Shadow, but of course he doesn’t know that. And the real Cranston finds that he is expected to show interest in the police cases discussed by Weston, even to the point of making comments and suggestions. This is something that The Shadow often has done, when in his Cranston disguise. But the real Cranston feels a bit out of his element in this situation.
When the two Cranstons drive home to New Jersey in the limousine, chauffeured by Stanley, only one can openly get out and go into the house. The other . . .
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Felix Gilman has published four novels, and short fiction in a variety of places including Weird Tales and Tor.com. His recent duology The Half-Made World and The Rise of Ransom City has been described as “a sepia-toned panorama of eccentric and moving Western characters” by Salon. His next book, The Revolutions, is a story of Victorian occultism and spiritual space travel; it comes out in April from Tor.
Kiini Ibura Salaam is a writer, painter, and traveler from New Orleans, now living in New York. She has been widely published in such anthologies as the Dark Matter, Mojo: Conjure Stories, and Colonize This!, as well as in Essence, Utne Reader, and Ms. magazines. Her short story collection Ancient, Ancient won the 2012 James Tiptree, Jr. award, and contains sensual tales of the fantastic, the dark, and the magical. Her micro-essays on writing can be found at www.kiiniibura.com.
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Here are Ford Street’s two March releases, Chasing Shadows by Corinne Fenton and Hannah Sommerville and The Poppy by Andrew Plant.
They will be available in all good bookshops and libraries from March 1.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is the 2014 winner
of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award is bestowed for outstanding
published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire
the human exploration of space. This award is in recognition of Mr.
Landis’ body of work including five books, 83 short stories and 76 poems
in the SF field as well as over 353 science fact publications.The award will be presented on Friday, May 23, 2014 at opening
ceremonies during Balticon 48, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction
Convention. Balticon and the Robert A. Heinlein Award are both managed
and sponsored by The Baltimore Science Fiction Society.The Robert A. Heinlein Award is a sterling silver medallion bearing the
image of Robert A. Heinlein, as depicted by artist Arlin Robbins. The
medallion is matched with a red-white-blue lanyard. In addition, the
winner receives two lapel pins for use when a large medallion is
impractical, and a plaque describing the award, suitable for home or
office wall display.The Robert A. Heinlein Award selection committee consists of science
fiction writers and was founded by Dr. Yoji Kondo, a long-time friend of
Robert and Virginia Heinlein. Members of the committee were originally
approved by Virginia Heinlein. The current Chairman of the Committee is
Michael F. Flynn.
Virginia Heinlein authorized multiple awards in memory of her husband,
including the Heinlein Prize, which is fully funded by Virginia
Heinlein’s estate, and a National Space Society award for volunteer
More information on the Robert A. Heinlein Award, including past
winners, can be found at http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsheinlein.htm.
More information on Geoffrey A. Landis can be found at
More information on Balticon can be found at www.balticon.org