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Paul A. Carter: 1926-2016

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, December 5, 2016 in Movies/TV/Radio, News, Obituaries, People, Pulp History, Pulps, Pulpsters

Paul A. Carter: 1926-2016

'Astounding Science Fiction' (August 1946)Science-fiction author Paul A. Carter died Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Kingman, Ariz. He was 90.

Carter’s earliest work of fiction, “The Last Objective,” appeared in the August 1946 number of Astounding, though he had numerous letters published in a number of sf pulps prior to that. “The Last Objective” was adapted in 1951 for NBC radio’s Dimension X anthology series.

In addition to writing fiction for the pulps and, later, digests, Carter authored The Creation of Tomorrow: Fifty Years of Magazine Science Fiction, published in 1977. It looked at the impact of pulp magazines on the genre of sf from the 1920s through the 1970s. Kirkus Review, at the time, called The Creation of Tomorrow “an important book: invaluable from a bibliographer’s standpoint, of commanding interest for any serious student of science fiction.”

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Bits of pulp: Foundation, Jedi, & more

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in Bits of Pulp, Books, Movies/TV/Radio, New Pulp, News, PulpFest

Bits of pulp: Foundation, Jedi, & more

Bits of pulp is an irregular feature of Yellowed Perils, and gives me a chance to touch upon a collection of items that popped up on my pulp radar recently.

Jedis Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) stand ready for battle in "Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace."

Jedis Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) stand ready for battle in Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

STAR WARS BUILT ON ANOTHER FOUNDATION? Here’s an interesting concept: The Jedi Order is the Star Wars equivalent to the Second Foundation in Isaac Asimov‘s Foundation series.

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Bits of pulp: Ape man, bronze man

Posted by at 10:00 am Thursday, June 30, 2016 in Bits of Pulp, Movies/TV/Radio, News, Publications, PulpFest

Bits of pulp: Ape man, bronze man

Whew. It’s been a busy month.

By the time you’re reading this, this year’s issue of The Pulpster will be in the hands of the printer and being prepped for debut in a few weeks at PulpFest 2016.

I’ve got a post coming up next week on the PulpFest website giving a rundown of what’s in the zine’s 25th issue, and how you can get your copy.

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Bits of pulp: Cthulhu, cosplay, sf

Posted by at 10:00 am Thursday, May 12, 2016 in Bits of Pulp, Movies/TV/Radio, People, Pulp History, Pulps

Bits of pulp: Cthulhu, cosplay, sf

Bits of pulp is an irregular feature of Yellowed Perils highlighting pulp-related tidbits that might interest fans of the pulp magazines.

CTHULHU McCTHULHUFACE? I’m sure you heard the entertaining results of the United Kingdom Science Ministry’s online poll to name its new research ship: Boaty McBoatface. Well, you may have missed voting in 2014 on what to name the daughter of web developer Stephen McLaughlin. But a bunch of H.P. Lovecraft fans didn’t.

The website Vox rounds up “Boaty McBoatface and the history of internet naming fiascos.” McLaughlin’s poll is among the list. The winning name: Cthulhu.

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Meet the original ‘X-Men,’ part 2

Posted by at 10:00 am Thursday, April 28, 2016 in Movies/TV/Radio, Pulp History, Pulps

Meet the original ‘X-Men,’ part 2
"Astounding Science Fiction" (March 1950)

Astounding Science Fiction (March 1950)

Last month, I took a look at a pair of sf stories from 1940s that featured mutants. The premise of the post being that the X-Men weren’t the first time mutants — or evolved humans — appeared in popular fiction.

No doubt, consciously or not, pulp sf stories provided a lot of inspiration for the X-Men , just as the magazines had done for Superman, Batman, and many other comic-book heroes. (You have to remember that many of the early comic-book writers, illustrators, and editors had pulp magazine backgrounds, and if they didn’t, they were likely avid pulp readers.)

Several newsgroup comments after my first post suggested two other stories as precursors to the X-Men. Shelby Vick over in the PulpMags group at Yahoo and Charlie Eckhaus in the FictionMags group both mentioned the Children of the Atom series, which ran in Astounding Science Fiction from 1948 to 1950. And FictionMag’s Art Lortie mentioned “Dragon’s Island,” an abridged version of which ran in the June 1952 number of Startling Stories.

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Bits of pulp: Tarzan, New Pulp, and Doc

Posted by at 9:55 am Friday, April 15, 2016 in Bits of Pulp, Books, Movies/TV/Radio

Bits of pulp: Tarzan, New Pulp, and Doc
"All-Story" (October 1912)

“All-Story” (October 1912)

10 TARZAN FACTS THAT DON’T MENTION PULP: Matthew Baugh over at ListVerse has “10 Facts About Tarzan That Will Surprise You.”

Well, it’s actually only nine facts. No. 10 — “The Origin of Tarzan‘s Name” — is incorrect, as pointed out (and agreed with by Baugh) in the comments. It’s just not corrected in the post. (I guess that would make it only nine facts.)

What surprised me most was no mention of the Tarzan stories ever appearing in the pulp magazines.

With The Legend of Tarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgard as the Ape Man and Margot Robbie as Jane, coming out July 1, we’ll probably be hearing a lot more about Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ creation. Hopefully folks will remember that Tarzan first appeared in the pages of the pulps.

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