Well, if #Gamergate weren’t enough, now we’ve got Requires Only Hate Gate: Seems that one Benjanun – who has been identified as a slew of other online accounts (and may not be the final identity in the whole button, button, whose got the button mess) has been stalking, harassing and otherwise acting not-nicely all over the genre web, with ire particularly reserved for other authors. The tone has taken a social justice warrior tone – accusing Asian authors of being not Asian enough for example – but this might only be a convenient ploy to draw supporters into the circle. Meanwhile, over on another corner of the net, Nick Mamatas – who outed the identities on his ‘ello account – is being taken to task for the outing. Info here and here and here and here and here and here and here.
The above issue is morphing out into all kinds of side-discussions, chief among them being the question of “when and how does the community forgive and forget?” – as in, Benjanun’s fiction is really the bees-knees, so we oughta kinda oughta forget all the hate and damage in order to preserve the talent. This, followed by questions of how we deal with creators whose personally held feelings about core subjects (those feelings not being in line with the whole SJW thing) oughta be treated: the Orson Scott Card card was played – as if TOR continuing to publish works by him has some kind of equivalency to the Benjanun thing.
Two things: 1. Card (and others) have used their fame and reach for the express purpose of foisting nasty garbage on anyone that cared to read. If TOR wants to pay a price for the at-a-glance association with those reprehensible views (which they haven’t), well then bully for them; it’s not as if they’re contemplating publishing the Collected Anti-Gay Writings of Orson Scott Card and publishing them under the SF imprint. But to my knowledge Card is NOT anonymously visiting a slew of forums and chats and personally directing his beliefs at individuals in public. He’s putting his views out there, under his own name, in public, for everyone else to deal with as they will. The Benjanun actions’s are a far, far different kind of thing. Call Card’s writings passive-aggressive. Call Benjanun’s actions – all aggressive. 2. At every level – from corporate, through editiorial, through personal, the decision of whether or not to ban/boycot/blacklist/campaign against is a personal one. We’re unable to isolate these kinds of issues as money, relationships, politics and a slew of other considerations enter the picture. (“I really love Ender’s Game. I really hate the author’s view on Gay Marriage. I hate even more that the acclaimed novel has given the author a bully pulpit for those views. What to do, what to do?” – not me, just a generalized summation of one particular quandry. Me? I thought the novelette as originally publishing in Analog was atrocious and unworthy of the magazine.) Plus – money. So, we’re left with a situation – unresolvable – in which Benjanun’s actions rise to the level of being deserving of so-called blacklisting (no one should buy her stuff and ought to be thrown into the pit if they do) for some, and won’t rise to that level of action for others. Take a breath – this is freedom of expression at work. Everyone will have to make their own calculus as to how they are going to deal. The more important activity is to continue to unravel this bizarre affair, get to the bottom and find out who really Benjanun is, determine if that person is – as many have suggested – clinically certifiable – and move on from there. In the meantime, a bunch of editors have a hot potato in their hands; my suggestion is that anyone publishing stories by Benjanun in future be up front and explain (editorially or otherwise) what their thought process was. In the meantime – thank goodness Amazing isn’t accepting submissions!
One editor’s views here
Over on the #Gamergate side of things: The CEO of Blizzard Entertainment (WOW) opened up the Blizzardcon by addressing the issue. And Brianna Wu has established a legal defense fund.
Elsewhere in our universe, someone stands up to being god-bothered on the subway – and is met with approval
AMAZING STORIES POSTERS are ALMOST On Sale. 48 Iconic images from the pages of Amazing Stories and the hands of Frank R. Paul and Frank Wu could soon be on your wall! Two sizes – two feet by 3 feet and 18 inches by 24 inches – in full color. Don’t forget the fans in your family this holiday – give them something that says “science fiction”
Operacon – a Totally Unique Convention! Tickets are limited and apparently going fast. Semtow Sucharitkul, also known as SP Semtow (long-time fannish friend of yours truly) is performing his opera The Snow Dragon. (We’re still waiting for the Mall World opera)
STARFALL is now in post production (help them finish up!)
The NEW Flash Gordon!
Universal Monster Movie Franchise
A neat look at James Tiptree Jr.
Doctorow on Share Cropping
A Better(?) Way to think about Genre
A New Category Added to the Sunburst Awards
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Sunburst Award Society Announces New Submission Guidelines to Include E-Books
Toronto, Ontario (November 7, 2014) The Sunburst Award Committee announced today that they have moved into the digital age. Starting with the 2015 awards, they will accept e-book versions of submissions as well as print ones.
“It will help publishers to submit, especially smaller ones. Postage costs have increased dramatically over the last several years and print books have a cost of their own.” says Peter Halasz, one of the founders of the awards. “We also expect to reduce our own costs since we mail as many as 120 – 130 books annually to each of five jurors.”
“As the publishing landscape continues to change, we expect the number of print books submitted to drop significantly over the next few years,” says Rebecca Simkin, the organization’s current chairperson. “Since most of our jurors and administrators overwhelmingly prefer print books they will indeed be missed, but with the generous support of Kobo Writing Life, we are able to supply the jury with new Kobo Arc tablets for their Sunburst deliberations.”
The Sunburst Awards have set up a page on their website where publishers will be able to go to upload their e-book files and where the jurors can download them to their e-readers. They are now open to submissions of books published in 2014 for consideration for the 2015 award.
About the Sunburst Awards: The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is a juried award which recognizes exceptional writing in three categories: adult, young adult and short story. The awards are presented each fall to the best Canadian speculative fiction novel, book-length collection, or short story published any time during the previous calendar year.
Named after the first novel by Phyllis Gotlieb (1926–2009), one of the first celebrated writers of contemporary Canadian science fiction, the award is a cash prize of $1,000 for each of the Adult and Young Adult categories, and of $500 for the short story category. All three awards are presented with the distinctive Sunburst medallion. The awards are presented in the fall of each year.
For additional information about the Sunburst Award, the nominees and jurors, as well as previous awards, eligibility and the selection process, please visit the website at www.sunburstaward.org.
Rebecca Simkin, Chair
The Sunburst Award Society
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Rosetta Landing This Week
Multiple Universes are interacting with our own universe on a quantum level. Hmmm – so much for decoupling….
Kink is Not as Kinky as you may think (Think Kink?)
Amphibian Missing Link Discovered
Orion Spacecraft Set for Test Flight (webcast)
Brain-to-Brain Interface Being Perfected (via derhexer)
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SPARKS Anthology Contest
Bridges take us from here to there. They signify transition, crossing, and connection. Entries in this contest should feature a transition, crossing, connection, or even a literal bridge. Your bridge may be mechanical—as in our featured artwork—or your bridge may be metaphorical, musical, or magical.
“Antioch Bridge” by James Lewis.
- Publication as the cover art of Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volume VIII
- One-year print & digital subscription to Spark: A Creative Anthology
Poetry & Prose Awards
For details and contest entry instructions, see the full contest listing. The entry period opens December 15, 2014.
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Contest Seven Winners
This was by far our best contest yet. Eliminations were heartbreaking—there was so much good writing, and artwork entries were stunning!
The popular vote resulted in a tie between “There May Be Giants” by Luke Spooner and “Monster & Marvel” by Jonathan Hsu. That left the final decision to the Editor-in-Chief, Brian Lewis. Brian said, “I’d be honored to work with any of these artists. Since I have to pick just one, ‘There Might Be Giants’ fits my vision for this volume best. I wish I could publish them all.”
You can see all seven artwork finalists on the Contest Seven Artwork Finalistspage.
Poetry & Prose Winners
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Geeks! It was great seeing so many of you at New York Comic-Con a few weeks ago! We’ve been extra-busy since then, and are thrilled to announce our biggest undertaking yet!
Geeks OUT is launching a massive campaign to create FLAME CON, New York City’s first LGBTQ comic convention! Planned for the spring of 2015, FLAME CON will be a one-day expo showcasing dozens of creators and celebrities from all corners of LGBTQ geek fandom, including comics, video games, film, and television.
At FLAME CON, people from all corners of the LGBTQ community will be given a unique opportunity to meet up and geek out over a range of artists, creators, and vendors catering to all kinds of queer interests and tastes, with a variety of panels, an art show, and more.
But it won’t be possible without your help. We have set a $15,000 crowdfunding goal to cover the costs of producing FLAME CON, and are seeking community support on Kickstarterto make this amazing day of queer geekery happen! You now have 30 days to support the FLAME CON Kickstarter–with incentives including tickets, artwork, t-shirts, and meet-ups with some of our special guests! Help us heat up NYC with a super-queer comic con!
The FLAME CON Kickstarter is live at flamecon.org! Go watch our silly video and see all the cool incentives! For more info, visit us at geeksout.org, facebook.com/geeksout, andtwitter.com/geeksout, or contact Joey Stern (Joey@geeksout.org)
or Josh Siegel (Josh@geeksout.org).
Geeks OUT is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to rallying, empowering, and promoting the queer geek community.
|NIGHT SHADE AT WORLD FANTASY THIS WEEKENDTraditionally, Night Shade Books has tabled at the World Fantasy Convention, and I’m very excited to announce that we will be at this year’s World Fantasy in Washington DC.
Long time Night Shade anthology editor Ellen Datlow will be there. She is receiving the well deserved Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, Laird Barron’s collection The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All is up for a World Fantasy Award for best collection, though he will not be in attendance.
Night Shade authors attending World Fantasy this year include:
Night Shade’s table will be up and running Friday through Sunday in the Dealers Room. Stop by to say hi, as many of these authors will be signing at our table, or keep an eye on our our Twitter (@nightshadenews) for updates and events. The mass autograph signing on Friday night is always fun, and we will be there to ensure our authors have books for you to buy and sign. You can also find the programming for the convention here.
You may want to set your schedule some of these Night Shade-related panels and events:
Thursday, November 6:
Ice Cream Social
Time: 8:30 p.m. – ‘Til the Ice Cream is Gone
Description: The convention will have an old-fashioned ice cream social on Thursday evening, November 6, at 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., to honor the Nominees as well as Les Edwards (who loves ice cream) and our other Guests of Honor. In addition to eating ice cream, we’ll present our Award Nominees with World Fantasy Nominee pins, fete the Guests of Honor, and recognize the Life Achievement Honorees. With toppings!Friday, November 7:
Reading: Robin Riopelle
Time: 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Friday, Fairfax
World War I Alternate Histories
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., Friday, Regency E
Panelists: Michael J. Martinez (M), Charles E. Gannon, Kay Kenyon, Devin Poore
Description: As a turning point in history, World War I offers many interesting possibilities for alternate histories. Some, such as in Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan and Kim Newman’s The Bloody Red Baron, have also added fantastic elements. The panel will explore the idea of not only different outcomes to the battle or the war, but those that go down some very unusual paths.
Historical Influences in Fantasy
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Friday, Regency F
Panelists:Stina Leicht (M),
Dana Cameron, Nicola Griffith, Ellen Klages, Veronica Schanoes
Description: There is more to historical fantasy than the trope of European-style medieval secondary worlds. Today fantasies are set in specific real-world historical times and places, as in Lian Hearn’s Tales of the Otori, C.C. Finlay’s Traitor to the Crown, and Gene Wolfe’s Soldier in the Mist. What accounts for this shift? What is gained by using these settings? What, if anything, is lost when we move away from secondary worlds?
“Everybody Was There.” Diversity in Fantasy
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Friday, Regency E
Panelists: Sarah Pinsker (M), Mary Anne Mohanraj, Kit Reed,
S. M. Stirling, K. Ceres Wright
Description: Fantasy has had characters of many races, some human and others beyond. Whether it’s the young soldier woman in Deeds of Paksenarrion being asked whether she minds sharing a dining hall with “elder races” (elves and dwarves), or the alternate orientations of characters in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series or Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series, or the beauty of a foreign culture, such as that depicted in Bridge of Birds, fantasy authors have bravely gone where others feared to tread. How has diversity of race, ability, gender, sexual orientation, or belief system in fantastic literature changed over time?
Discussion between Gary K. Wolfe and Ellen Datlow, Life Achievement Winner
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Friday, Conference Theater
Reading: Bradley Beaulieu
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Friday, Fairfax
Saturday, November 8, 2014:
Where Have All the Editors Gone?
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Washington
Panelists: Betsy Dornbusch (M), Liz Gorinsky, Stephen Jones, Betsy Mitchell, Richard Shealy
Description: Writers complain their books are no longer edited. Is this myth or fact? Does it bear out in the finished products? The panel will explore the changing roles of editors, and if they are becoming a vanishing breed.
Historical People in Fantasy
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Tidewater 2
Panelists: Eileen Gunn (M), David B. Coe, Jack Dann, Jean Marie Ward,
Description: When using Samuel Adams, Joseph Warren, or perhaps one of the most used names, Nikola Tesla and other real people as characters in fiction, what liberties can authors take and what holes do they have to fill? How close to the real Jack Kerouac does Nick Mamatas get in Move Under Ground? What do creators owe to history, especially if the players are in a new world as in Philip Jose Farmer’s Riverworld series. The panel will discuss where historical truth meets literary license.
Kaffeeklatsch: Ellen Datlow
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, Boardroom – Limit to 15 people:
Best of the Year 2014
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Tidewater 2
Panelists: Liza Trombi (M),
Ellen Datlow, Paula Guran, Lee Harris
Description: Every year a rich variety of fantasy, dark fantasy, and horror is published inside and outside of genre borders. On this panel, the publisher of Locus Magazine, the editor of a new line of novellas, and two editors of best-of-the-year anthologies discuss what they think are the best novels, stories, anthologies, and single-author collections that have been published so far during 2014.
Sunday, November 9, 2014:
Reading: Courtney Schafer
Time: 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Fairfax
|GREG EGAN and NEAL ASHER,
For many years, Night Shade Books has been bringing out original novels by Greg Egan and Neal Asher. Though each is incredibly different from the other, both write science fiction that is unique and instantly identifiable as their work. They also happen to be a couple of Night Shade’s favorite science fiction authors.
For a long time, many of their books were only in print in the UK. I saywere, because Night Shade has been quietly addressing this oversight. We are currently in the middle of a reprint program that will now bring the majority of Greg Egan and Neal Asher’s work into print in the United States.
For those of you who are new to one or both of these authors, stay tuned for a brief overview. For those who already know, feel free to skip ahead and check out our web site listings for Egan and Asher’s current and forthcoming books from Night Shade. All of these books are available now, or available as a pre-order from your favorite book retailer.
Greg Egan has been redefining what “hard” science fiction can aspire to be since the early nineties, and he’s been exploring issues of post humanism and theories of consciousness before it was “cool.” His works are often impregnated with detailed mathematical concepts and explorations of quantum mechanics. But what balances out his hard edge, and makes him one of the most important voices in the “Hard SF” subgenre are his incredibly detailed and emotionally nuanced characters.
Be sure to investigate the detailed bibliography at the authors own web page, which not only covers his novel length work, but includes a fascinating publication history of his short fiction, which often served as a test bed for ideas that would eventually be transformed into full novels.
Greg Egan novels that were first published in the US by Night Shade Books include:
Night Shade is reprinting Egan’s back list as follows:
Neal Asher’s action-filled visions of an AI-ruled, post-scarcity future have been thrilling science fiction readers for years. His groundbreaking series of books set in the “Polity” universe helped kick off early 21st century science fiction publishing, and were an integral part of the British-led “New Space Opera” movement, alongside newer authors like Alastair Reynolds and Peter F. Hamilton and established veterans like Iain M. Banks and M. John Harrison.
Neal’s work often features incredible pyrotechnics and breakneck pacing that belie his thoughtful and detailed world building. The Polity Universe is so big, in fact, that Asher has three different series and four stand-alone novels set there.
- The Agent Cormac series follows the exploits of its eponymous character… one of the Polity Government’s most effective agents
- The Splatterjay books are set on the planet of the same name… a planet that features a unique and dangerous ecology
- His forthcoming Transformation series follows the exploits of Thorvald Spear and his quest for vengeance against the rouge AI Penny Royal
Previously, Night Shade Books published The Owner Trilogy, which are set outside the Asher’s “Polity” universe:
Night Shade also was the original US publisher for the following stand-alone Polity novels:
We’re now very pleased to bring the previously unavailable Neal Asher books to the US:
Additionally, Night Shade is very proud to announce that it will be the US publisher for Asher’s brand-new Transformation trilogy. Releasing simultaneously with the UK edition in February 2015 is the first book in the series, Dark Intelligence
. We’ll be doing a cover reveal for that VERY soon.
Scott Robinson News
Hello all, I am back from London and looking forward to some very
interesting performances here in NYC this month. To start with, TODAY,
Thurs. the 12th, I am playing tenor sax with the great Rufus Reid, in a
FREE performance of his “Quiet Pride” project at 7:30 (one set only). This
takes place at the David Rubinstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Broadway
between 62 & 63 St:
On Saturday the
8th, I will be leading a quartet at Small’s with Jim Ridl, Martin Wind and
Peter Van Nostrand, 7:30-10:
Go to the calendar there, Nov.
8, and check out the very cool photo by Scott Friedlander!
the 9th there is a concert at William Paterson University at 4 PM,
“Marlene Verplanck Meets Scott Robinson and the Saxes”:
Following that NJ
show, I will dash into town for an 8-11 hit with my dear friend Jon Kellso
at the Ear Inn: http://www.kellsojazz.com/earregulars/
On Monday the
10th, I’m on tenor with the Mingus Band at Jazz Standard, 7:30 and 10:00
Wed. the 12th, I’m back at Small’s
with Rob Garcia’s quartet, 9:30-12:
Then, I have a nice Midwest
tour with Martin Wind’s quartet including Bill Cunliffe and Joe La
Barbera, doing some of the music from our orchestral CD focusing on Bill
Evans. So if you’re around OH, IL or WV, check here for info:
Following that, back in NYC,
it’s time for the annual Thanksgiving Week residency of the Maria
Schneider Orchestra at Jazz Standard. This is always a sellout, so get
your tickets early! http://www.jazzstandard.com/
After that I’m off to
Japan, and then we’ll see what’s next…
Thank you all for your interest
and support! Speaking of which… if you are at all interested in
adventurous and “cutting-edge” music, please go to www.sciensonic.net and
check out our memberships… become a laboratory member! The
Sound-of-the-Month Club alone is worth it. Really.
Thanks and be well,
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||SHAKESPEARE: The World as a Stage by Bill Bryson
Examining centuries of myths, half-truths and downright lies, Bill Bryson makes sense of the man behind the masterpieces. As he leads us through the crowded streets of Elizabethan England, he brings to life the places and characters that inspired Shakespeare’s work, with his trademark wit and accessibility.
Along the way he delights in the inventiveness of Shakespeare’s language, which has given us so many of the indispensable words and phrases we use today, and celebrates the Bard’s legacy to our literature, culture and history.
Print list price:£8.99
||Street Child by Berlie Doherty
When his mother dies, Jim Jarvis is left all alone in London. He is sent to the workhouse but quickly escapes, choosing a hard life on the streets of the city over the confines of the workhouse walls.
Struggling to survive, Jim finally finds some friends… only to be snatched away and made to work for the remorselessly cruel Grimy Nick, constantly guarded by his vicious dog, Snipe.
Will Jim ever manage to be free?
Print list price:£6.99
||BookD Podcast chats with Max Hastings
The year 2014 marks 100 years since WW1 when Britain entered one of the costliest conflicts in history and fighting continued to fight until the 11th of November 1918, more commonly known as Remembrance Day.
Today we talk to historian and author Sir Max Hastings. This interview was recorded last year before the publication of his bookCatastrophe, asking the question what happened to Europe in 1914?
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Radio Archive News
November 7, 2014
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Crime does not pay
…but, during the Great Depression, some might have argued that it DID pay – and pay very well, too. After the 1929 stock market crash, bank failures, Midwestern crop disasters, and mass unemployment became a daunting part of everyday life, resulting in the rise of the bank robber and gangster as folk hero rather than criminal threat. It would take the election of Franklin Roosevelt and the appointment of such charismatic crime fighters as Melvin Purvis, J. Edgar Hoover, and Elliott Ness to finally turn the tide against the criminal element, turning lawmen into heroes and, eventually, the common man against the criminal element.In the 1930s, radio played a part in stemming the tide against crime – and never more so than in Calling All Cars
, one of the earliest and most influential police procedural shows. Dramatizing true crime exploits and introduced by real-life law enforcement officials, Calling All Cars
offered the gritty details of criminal activity in true “ripped from the headlines” style. Led by writer/director William N. Robson, the weekly series gave listeners the audio equivalent of a tough, down in the streets Warner Brothers crime drama, complete with car chases, low-life gunmen, high-crime bosses, frightened victims, and criminal cases that often hit very close to home. Kidnappings, petty thefts, murders, prison breaks, bunco schemes…all were raw materials for the creators of each show and details of all these crimes and more were used as the basis for the realistic dramas presented.The influence of Calling All Cars
extended far beyond its six-year run, acting as a blueprint for such later-day radio series as Dragnet
and This is Your FBI
. And, although this seventy-year-old series may seem a bit primitive to modern-day audiences, listening to the programs today instantly brings to mind such timeless movie classics as The Public Enemy, Little Caesar,
For its entire run, Calling All Cars was sponsored by the Rio Grande Oil Company and their patented brand of “cracked” gasoline. Luckily, thanks to the limited and expensive network lines of the 1930s, recordings of all of the programs were made for redistribution to the Southwestern states. This is marvelous news for radio buffs, since it means that most of the entire run of Calling All Cars still exists for us to enjoy today. Earlier, Radio Archives issued seven volumes of the series, with all of the programs transferred directly from the original transcription recordings. Now, we’re proud to offer Calling All Cars, Volume 8, a ten hour set which, like our other collections, has been professionally restored for impressive audio fidelity. These rare and exiting shows are sure to occupy a special place in your personal library.
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Aside from soap operas, kiddie shows, and dramatic anthology series, detective stories may well have been the most popular form of program during radio’s “Golden Age”. Beginning in the 1930 and ending only when network dramatic radio itself came to its conclusion in 1962, a wide range of detectives – everyone from Sherlock Holmes toSam Spade to Ellery Queen to Johnny Dollar – were presented, in one fashion or another, to the listening audience.
In 1946, the most enduring version of the character was heard for the first time. Played by radio’s jack of all trades, the inimitable Jackson Beck, the Frederick Ziv Company of Cincinnati, Ohio syndicated a series of 104 half-hour shows, also featuring Joan Alexander as Vance’s secretary, in a program that would be recorded and aired in first run through 1950 and that would continue to be aired on local stations throughout the decade.
Heard today, Philo Vance is still great fun to listen to. The mysteries are suitably baffling, the suspects suitably suspect, the clues abundant, and it’s hard to beat an old fashioned conclusion when all of the possible suspects are gathered into the same room, the alibis are unraveled, and the criminal is finally revealed to all. There’s nothing particularly deep here, of course – no social commentary or multi-layered plotlines to unravel – just a great sounding series of interesting cases to solve.
If you’re looking for truly enjoyable radio entertainment – and particularly if you love being an armchair detective yourself – you can’t go wrong with Philo Vance, particularly in these twenty newly-restored shows from Radio Archives.
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Will Murray’s Pulp Classics #62
by George F. Worts
Read by Milton Bagby. Liner Notes by Robert Weinberg
“Meet ‘Singapore’ Sammy Shay! He’s the roughest, toughest sailor to sail the Seven Seas!”
Introducing one of the most popular and hard-boiled characters ever to roam the fabled pages of Argosy magazine. Singapore Sammy Shay is the toughest sailor in the South Pacific, scouring the coasts of Malaysia and the hundreds of islands in the vicinity, searching for his ne’er-do-well father who abandoned his family when Sammy was only two years old.
Written by George F. Worts, creator of the popular Peter the Brazen series under the pen-name Loring Brent, the Singapore Sammy adventures are among the few Argosy classics that can match the adventures of Brent’s “The Man of Bronze” in intensity and action!
His full name is Samuel Larkin Shay, but few people know or recognize him by that name. Born in Cairo, Illinois, he’s spent the last six years of his life roaming the South Seas in the schooner, Blue Goose, skippered by Captain Lucifer Jones. It’s there that he’s known as Singapore Sammy, a vagabond sailor who’s hunting a man, a worthless roustabout known as Bill Shay. Shay was Sammy’s father, and when he deserted his family, Bill Shay took with him the only copy of a will leaving Sammy a fortune. Without that document, Sammy can’t claim a penny. For the past half-dozen years, he’s hunted for his father, following a trail that leads to the farthest ends of the Earth. In The Monster of the Lagoon, Sammy encounters one of the greatest surprises in his search for his father—as he finds himself actually battling a monster in a lagoon!
George F. Worts was born in Toledo, Ohio on March 16, 1892. Growing up in a port city, he became interested in telegraphy. As a teenager, he worked as a radio man on the Great Lakes. Afterwards, he shipped out, again as a radio operator to South and Central America.
In 1915, Worts decided to become a writer. He attended Columbia University for a year, got married, and started work as a reporter. A few years later, he started writing fiction, selling primarily to Argosy. In the 1930s, that pulp was considered to be the leading publisher of high adventure stories in the world. Worts became known as one of the magazine’s top writers and he contributed 45 novelettes and serials in that ten year period. Read by Milton Bagby.
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Will Murray’s Pulp Classics #63
Read by Michael C. Gwynne. Liner Notes by Will Murray
The premise of The Secret 6 was deceptively simple, yet pure pulp. An enigmatic adventurer known only as King busts out of Death Row to form an anti-crime group called The Secret 6. The others include The Key, The Doctor, Shakespeare, The Bishop, and Luga, as well as numerous underworld stool pigeons and hangers-on. All are wanted. So they operate outside the law.
The work of the wildly imaginative Robert J. Hogan, who pitted his World War I flying ace, G-8, against zombies, Martians, defrosted Viking warriors, and other bizarre foes, The Secret 6 battled sinister supervillains, a Mayan Bat-Man, a giant golden alligator and other outrageous menaces. Few pulp series stretched reality as did this four-issue Popular Publications title from 1934-35. There were no limits. That’s what made it a terrific read.
If you wanted to, you could call The Secret 6 “Doc Savage lite”. The series followed a similar template––a group of adventurers pitting themselves against overwhelming threats. The big difference was that the leader, King, was no superman. Like Hogan’s G-8, he was a typical American he-man, not a fearless wonder-worker. King could feel fear, and make mistakes. He was not perfect, therefore the average reader could identify with him, and see himself in King’s shoes.
The third Secret 6 entry shows every indication of having been inspired by the famous Doc Savage novel, The Monsters. The premise is virtually identical––giant creatures are terrorizing the rural population. Authorities are helpless. Only the resourceful Secret 6 team is up to the challenge.
No doubt the inspiration for both of these pulp classics goes back to the 1933 film, King Kong. In The Monster Murders, we encounter ferocious packs of gigantic dogs, thirty-foot giants, and other towering nightmare threats to life and liberty.
The Murder Monsters is read by Michael C. Gwynne. This exciting audiobook also includes the true stories, Allan Barnes’ “Stand and Deliver!” and “The Jungle,” by Winthie Leach.
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New Will Murray’s Pulp Classics eBooks
The best of timeless Pulp now available as cutting edge eBooks! Will Murray’s Pulp Classics brings the greatest heroes, awesome action, and two fisted thrills to your eReader! Presenting Pulp Icons such as the Spider and G-8 and His Battle Aces as well as wonderfully obscure characters like the Octopus and Captain Satan. Will Murray’s Pulp Classics brings you the best of yesterday’s Pulp today!
Introducing one of the most popular and hard-boiled characters ever to roam the fabled pages of Argosy magazine. Singapore Sammy is the toughest sailor in the South Pacific, scouring the coasts of Malaysia and the hundreds of islands in the vicinity, searching for his ne’er-do-well father who abandoned his family when Sammy was only two years old. When Bill Shay left his wife and child, he took with him a will leaving a fortune to Sammy from his grandfather. Sammy wants that document back, along with a measure of revenge against his father for deserting his family.
Written by George F. Worts, creator of the popular Peter the Brazen series under the pen-name Loring Brent, the Singapore Sammy adventures are among the few Argosy classics that can match the adventures of “The Man of Bronze,” in intensity and action! These exciting books have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading as an eBook and are of the highest quality. $2.99.
Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds #21 August 1934 Crimson Doom
This is the second issue in the Dusty Ayres
series. “The President’s son will be returned if you send us Captain Ayres in exchange.” From the enemy camp came this message. And as Dusty answered, he knew he was starting on the greatest mission of the war, was going to play a lone hand against the Black Invaders, who sought to crush America beneath their barbarous wings! Captain Dusty Ayres, ace pilot for the U.S. Air Defense flies in the Silver Flash, an advanced craft of his own design. With his two pals Curly Brooks and Biff Bolton, they battle some of the most diabolical mad scientists and their weirdest inventions. These exciting stories took over theBattle Birds magazine
from June 1934 through the July/August issue of 1935, changing the magazine name to Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds
. And nowDusty Ayres and his Battle Birds
is back, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
Battle Birds #43 December 1941
Beginning in 1932, Battle Birds brought readers a thrilling main story, referred to as a “novel”, that featured a rotating cast of main characters like The Three Mosquitoes and Smoke Wade. After nineteen issues, just over a year and a half after its debut, the magazine began to feature the air adventures of Dusty Ayres, and the magazine became officially titled Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds. This lasted until the summer of 1935 when the magazine folded after thirty-one issues. But Battle Birds wasn’t finished; it would return. In early 1940, Battle Birds reappeared on the newsstands. But now the focus of the stories was on the conflict that would soon be known as World War II. This resurrected Battle Birds lasted for 26 issues until May 1944. And now Battle Birds is back, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
Sports thrills, ripped from the burning pages of one of the all-time great sports magazines of the 1930s, Sports Novels!Magazines containing sports fiction were one of the staples of the pulp magazines, becoming popular in the early 1920s and by the mid-1930s there were over two dozen titles on the newsstands. In early 1937, Popular Publications decided to enter the lucrative field of the sports fiction magazines. The April-May 1937 issue of Sports Novels hit the newsstands in late March, featuring an eye-catching baseball cover. For the next fifteen years, each issue featured stories of football, boxing, baseball, hockey, track, basketball, tennis and hockey. Nearly every sport imaginable was represented in the long-running magazine. It continued publishing for a total of eighty-five issues until the April 1952 issue, when pulp magazines were in their waning days. Vintage Sports Novels are now being reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
Horror Stories! The dark companion to Dime Mystery Magazine. Created to showcase stories too horrible for Terror Tales. The third of the triumvirate of fear pulps. This brand of fiction came to be called Weird Menace. The mystery-and-menace formula proved so successful that publisher Popular Publications produced Dime Mystery Magazine, Terror Tales and Horror Stories. These three dominated the Weird Menace genre all through the 1930s. Blurbed as “mystery-horror” stories instead of “mystery-terror,” Horror Stories was formulated differently than its companion titles. Damn the plot. Pour on the menace! This eBook contains a collection of stories from the pages of Horror Stories magazine, all written by Ray Cummings and Russell Gray, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
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by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
When William Harper Littlejohn unearths a shadowy figure transfixed in ice, the renowned archeologist understands that he has made the most momentous discovery of his brilliant career. For inscribed over the frozen form is this chilling warning:
“IF I STILL LIVED, MANKIND WOULD TREMBLE!”
Who is this monster? Why does his name strike terror into the hearts of brave men? Can even Doc Savage control him once he breaks free of his icy tomb?
From the Gobi Desert to war-torn Free China, the Man of Bronze and his fighting crew battle a threat so terrifying that it could change the course of human history…. Softcover $24.95
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
When the ruler of the Balkan state of Merida vanishes from his locked limousine, official Washington is baffled. The President of the United States summons the one man who can solve the mystery—Doc Savage!
No sooner does the Man of Bronze reach the nation’s capitol than an even more bizarre phenomenon manifests. A long-dead monarch, King Fausto the First, returns from the grave to plunge his royal sword into the vitals of anyone suspected of knowing the whereabouts of the vanished modern ruler!
From Washington to Manhattan, Doc and his fighting brain trust race to unravel one royal riddle while battling the untouchable phantom potentate known as The Whistling Wraith! Newly Revised! Softcover $24.95
The pulp era’s greatest superhero returns in two chilling novels by Laurence Donovan and Lester Dent writing as “Kenneth Robeson.” First, bizarre disturbances on the sea floor, the disappearance of an international commission and a power blackout result in the President enlisting Doc Savage to investigate the “Haunted Ocean.” Then, why is a chemical company owned by Doc Savage providing sub-standard chemicals for the war effort? Doc, Monk and Ham go ghost hunting to solve the strange mystery of “The Spook of Grandpa Eben.” This instant collector’s item showcases the classic pulp covers by Walter M. Baumhofer and Modest Stein, the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical commentary by Will Murray, author of fifteen Doc Savage novels. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The pulp era’s greatest superhero seeks the lost secrets of Atlantis in two action-packed novels by Lester Dent writing as “Kenneth Robeson.” First, deep in the Amazon, Doc Savage is drawn into the weird mystery of “The Mental Wizard” in his quest for a lost kingdom and the incredible creature known only as “Z.” Then, plunging into the Everglades the Man of Bronze races against Doctor Light and his Nazi agents in a desperate search for “The Secret of the Su.” BONUS: Doc confronts “The Society Amazonia” and their murderous conspiracy to create a New World Order controlled by women, in a lost 1943 Doc Savage radio adventure by Edward Gruskin. PLUS: a NEW 16-page section with exclusive commentary by James Bama and art historian Brian M. Kane! This special variant edition leads off a spectacular James Bama painting and also features the original color pulp covers by Robert G. Harris and Modest Stein plus the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban, with historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow demonstrates that “crime does not pay” in two macabre mysteries by Walter B. Gibson writing as “Maxwell Grant.” First, discovery of the theft of “Treasures of Death” brings fatal consequences, but The Shadow knows that this is only the prelude to a greater supercrime! Then, the greatest crooks in the world pass through “The Yellow Door,” until the Man in Black teams with G-Man Vic Marquette to uncover the deadly secrets of the sinister portal! This instant collector’s item showcases both classic color pulp covers by George Rozen and the original interior illustrations by Tom Lovell with original commentary by popular culture historian Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
One of the top crime-fighters from the golden age of pulp fiction, The Spider returns in two thrill-packed adventures written by Norvell Page under the pseudonym of Grant Stockbridge. First, in “The Spider and the Scarlet Surgeon” (1941), With unheard of skill, the Red Surgeon can change a patient into an imbecile… or a genius of crime! Not only can he alter the physical shell, but this mad doctor can even amputate parts of a victim’s personality, even their conscience. And his greatest ambition is to operate on none other than Stanley Kirkpatrick, Nita van Sloan… and the Spider! Then, in “The Spider and the Death Piper” (1942), Weird compelling music lures the inhabitants of Martinsville to suicide! By ones and twos at first, then in a stampede of maddened self-destruction. Even Richard Wentworth, with the iron will of the Spider, felt the irresistible calling of that Devil-tune! Can even the Master of Men prevail against an unearthly power that goads the listener to suicide? These two exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading and feature both of the original full color covers as well as interior illustrations that accompany each story. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The Pulps’ most violent crimebuster wages his uncompromising war on crime in THREE never-reprinted thrillers by Norvell Page writing as “Grant Stockbridge.” First, crime’s newest overlord, the Snake, revives Prohibition Era gangsterism in “Return of the Rackets King.” Then, the Spider leaves his New York haunts to protect the nation’s wartime resources when the vicious Flame King terrorizes a western oil town in “The Spider and the Flame-King”! BONUS: “Blood Bond,” a rare Spider novelette by Norvell Page! This double novel pulp reprint features the original color covers by Rafael DeSoto, John Fleming Gould’s classic interior illustrations and historical commentary by Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
This is an authentic replica of an original pulp magazine, just as it appeared on the newsstands of America during what is now considered the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction – roughly 1900 through 1950. Unlike our other line of pulp reprints, which offer original covers and illustrations but with reformatted text, this edition – one of an ongoing series – is designed to give the reader an authentic taste of what a typical pulp magazine was like when it was first issued – but without the frailty or expense of trying to find a decades-old collectable to enjoy. The outer covers, the interior pages, and the advertisements are reprinted just as they appeared in the original magazine, left intact to give the reader the true feel of the original as well as an appreciation for the way in which these publications were first offered to their avid readers.Pulp fiction magazines got their nickname because they were printed on cheap pulpwood paper that was high in acid content. Pulps were, in fact, assumed to be disposable – bought for a dime or a quarter, read, enjoyed, and then thrown away in time for the next issue to be released. The paper, like the pulps themselves, was never meant to be durable or last for very long, which is part of the reason why the originals are so hard to find today.
While most pre-1940 pulp covers hung over the interior pages and were left untrimmed, this replica has been trimmed for easier storage and handling. To further enhance the “pulp experience”, this edition is printed on off-white bond paper intended to simulate the original look while, at the same time, assuring that this edition will last far longer than the original upon which it is based. The overall construction and appearance of this reprint is designed to be as faithful to the original magazine as is reasonably possible, given the unavoidable changes in production methods and materials. Pulp Replica Book $35.00
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The pulps’ legendary “Man of Steel” returns in three action-packed pulp thrillers by Paul Ernst and Emile Tepperman writing as “Kenneth Robeson.” First, a stolen formula provides crime with a pill that transforms subjects into superhuman murder machines in “The Happy Killers.” Then, targeted with “The Black Death,” The Avenger must unmask the satanic mastermind behind the Black Wings Cult before his own life is forfeit! PLUS “Cargo of Doom,” a bonus Avenger thriller by Spider-scribe Emile Tepperman! This classic pulp reprint showcases the classic color pulp covers, Paul Orban’s interior illustrations and commentary by pulp historian Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
In the two-fisted tradition of Doc Savage, Captain John Fury and the crew of his super-ship The Whirlwind battle modern-day piracy in two thrilling novels by Laurence Donovan writing as “Wallace Brooker.” First, after the law fails, Cap Fury follows a trail of vengeance to his brother’s murderers in “The Red Heart Pearls.” Then, “Black Daylight” strikes at high noon, enveloping thousands in terror and suffering, and propelling Cap Fury on an ur gent mission to Mexico’s Sierra Madras. BONUS: An action-packed adventure of Sheridan Doome from the back pages of The Shadow Magazine! This double-novel special collector’s edition showcases the original cover art by Lawrence Toney and interior illustrations by Harry Kirchner, plus historical commentary by Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
America’s premier detective hero returns in two action-packed pulp thrillers by John Chambliss and Thomas Calvert McClary plus two classic media tales by THE SHADOW’s Walter Gibson! First, “Whispers of Death” undermine the construction of a New York power plant, leading the Master Detective into one of his strangest cases! Then, a cryptic call for help from the Khan of Iraghan summons Nick Carter from his New York headquarters through a winding maze of murder leading to the Florida Everglades as he follows the deadly “Trail of the Scorpion.”BONUS: Nick Carter teams up with THE SHADOW in “Calling Nick Carter,” a rare crossover from the Golden Age of Comics, and battles “The Voice of Crime” in a lost radio adventure by Walter B. Gibson! This double-novel special edition leads off with a haunting skeleton cover by renowned illustrator Jerome Rozen, and also features the original pulp interior art by Amos Sewell plus historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The pulp era’s longest-running supersleuth returns in his debut adventures by D’Arcy Champion writing as “G. Wayman Jones,” reprinted for the first time in chronological series order! First, playboy Richard Curtis Van Loan becomes The Phantom to end the murderous reign of “The Emperor of Death” in his earliest recorded adventure! Then, The Phantom combats a mysterious Asian’s sinister plot in “The Crime of Fu Kee Wong.” BONUS: From Thrilling Comics #53, the first Phantom Detective comic book story by Flash and Justice Society artist E. E. Hibbard. This double-novel collector’s edition showcases both classic color pulp covers by Bertram Glover and the original interior illustrations by comic-great Mel Graff, with historical commentary by popular culture historians Anthony Tollin and Michelle Nolan. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
“He Knows No Law But Justice!” The secret life of Police Commissioner James Gordon is unmasked in two more hard-boiled thrillers by “Doc Savage” writer Laurence Donovan, under the pseudonym of Clifford Goodrich. First, Wildcat Gordon seeks to stop the corruption of college sports by “The Football Racketeers”. Then, The Whisperer infiltrates an amusement park to uncover “Murders in Crazyland” in a classic thriller that inspired an early Batman story. BONUS: a magical tale of “prestidigitection”, written by “The Shadow’s” Walter B. Gibson. This historic collector’s item showcases both original color pulp covers – including a knockout painting by Spider artist John Newton Howitt – plus classic interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
Weird Tales #292 Fall 1988
The Fall 1988 issue of Weird Tales showcases the work of Featured Author Keith Taylor and Featured Artist Carl Lundgren. Also includes work by Tad Williams, Alan Rodgers, W.T. Quick, and many more. 148 pages. After the original magazine operation folded in 1954, there were several brief attempts to revive it — reprint anthologies in the ’60s, four new magazine issues in the ’70s, four original paperbacks in the early ’80s — before the resurrection finally achieved full-fledged afterlife under editor-publishers George H. Scithers, Darrell Schweitzer and John Gregory Betancourt. Beginning in 1988, Weird Tales has been published more or less continuously. These 25 year old magazines are Brand new and have never been read. Radio Archives is proud to have a large inventory so that everyone can have a copy of this great magazine. Magazine $9.95