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Profiles in Pulp: The First Science Fiction Magazine(s)

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Is Amazing Stories the world's first science fiction magazine? Yes. Did it get there all on its lonesome? No.

On Cover Mentions

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Cover mentions. Every author loves them, but do they actually help sell magazines?

The Retro Look and Stranger Things

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Designer M. D. Jackson defends the visual style of the Netflix series Stranger Things, saying that its retro 80s look is a deliberate homage.

Boom & Bust: Lester Del Rey’s 12 Year Cycle

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Taking a look at Lester Del Rey's theory of a 12 year boom and bust cycle for science fiction, 36 years on.

Manly Art for Manly Men

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You don't have to be "manly" to paint "manly".

Monsters

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Monsters have been with us in our imaginations from the dawn of time, but why is it that the most vulnerable of us love monsters the most?

Conan, by Crom!

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Depictions of Conan have evolved over the years, from Emshwiller to Brundage to Arnold and now, to Jackson.

AMAZING THINGS You Should Know: Nebula Awards Skip Frank M. Robinson...

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Frank M. Robinson's special award ceremony WILL be rescheduled!

The Club House 2/28/14

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A trip back in time: Earl takes us into his library and pulls some influential fanzines from the shelves.

Bad Science Fiction and Fantasy Art

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In order to understand what makes really good science fiction and fantasy art, you have to look at a few pieces of bad science fiction and fantasy art.

21st Century Pulp Artist

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Normally in this space I rattle on about pulp magazines. Today we’ll look at a different type of periodical: comic books. Or, if you will,...

A conversation with the Hall of Fame illustrator Murray Tinkelman

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This past February I had the great pleasure of speaking with Mr. Murray Tinkelman, the famous and award winning illustrator. This came about by...

Art Theft

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I've been thinking this week about art theft. I don't mean art theft as in black stocking cap clad thieves pulling off a museum heist....

Review: Nine Horrors and a Dream by Joseph Payne Brennan

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Nine Horrors and a Dream By Joseph Payne Brennan Ballantine Books. 1962. $0.35 Contents: 1 • Slime • (1953) • novelette by Joseph Payne Brennan 33 • Levitation •...

Who Knows What “Tomorrow” Brings?

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Every family, every tribe, every cultural group has its own myths. We use stories, legends, folk tales, and even parables as means of understanding...

A Pair of Witchy Weird Tales

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Witchery: A Duo of Weird Tales Keith Chapman Black Horse Books Kindle ebook $0.99 I've been on something of a pulp bent lately, especially Weird Tales type pulp....

Demons of the Night: Early Stories by Seabury Quinn

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Demons of the Night Seabury Quinn Gene Christie, ed. Black Dog Books Tpb $19.95 182 p. Ebook During the heyday of Weird Tales in the 1920s and 1930s, there were...

A Commissioning Editor Speaks: David Moore of Abaddon Books

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Britain's Abaddon Books is a seething brew of villainous steampunk, sleek spaceships, cruel sorcery, and blood-soaked horror. I tracked their commissioning editor David Moore down to...

NORVELL W. PAGE: WAN TENGRI – PRESTER JOHN

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While Fritz Leiber was creating a boisterous style of Sword & Sorcery based upon E. R. Eddison and James Branch Cabell, Norvell W. Page...

SWORD & SORCERY BECOMES A SUB-GENRE: HENRY KUTTNER’S ELAK AND PRINCE...

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Henry Kuttner deserves our thanks. If things had been left to Clifford Ball, Sword & Sorcery would have fizzled out in the pages of...

The Amazing Virgil Finlay

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Whenever I think about black-and-white illustrations from the old science fiction magazines, it is always the work of Virgil Finlay that I picture in...

We Can Hear You Scream: An Overview of SF/Horror Literature

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The fear of the dark, the unknown, the monster standing right behind you ready to tear you limb from limb...is part of the human...

NOT QUITE SWORD & SORCERY: EARLY FANTASY

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Robert E. Howard may have invented Sword & Sorcery with the first King Kull tale, but he was not the only author working with...

Claire Winger Harris: Breaking Amazing’s ‘Cosmic Ceiling’

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Brian Aldiss identified Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as the first science fiction novel in his seminal history The Billion Year Spree. Although the genre often...

Jirel of Joiry: Sword & Sorcery’s First Lady

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Circumstance plays a part in history. It was inevitable that a woman would eventually try her hand at Sword & Sorcery. It's our good...

Of Shadows and Serpent – The First Sword & Sorcery Tale

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When people think of 1929 they usually recall the Great Depression and "Black Tuesday" (October 29th). I prefer to think of it as the...

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part...

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Introduction: Who I am and what this series will cover Hi and welcome. This is the first in a weekly series of posts I'll be...