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A PulpFest 2017 wrap-up

Posted by at 10:00 am Thursday, September 7, 2017 in Events, People, PulpFest
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A PulpFest 2017 wrap-up
Chet Williamson,  left, talks with Jim Steranko.

Chet Williamson, left, talks with Jim Steranko.

Here we are over a month since PulpFest 2017, and I’m just now getting a post-convention post written and uploaded.

This isn’t going to be a true con report. Suffice it to say, it was another fun three days at PulpFest.

I overhead someone say it was more about the community than the dealers’ room, the programming, and the pulps. And that’s very true.

My want-list was extremely short this year, only a couple of particular pulps. So I spent a lot of time visiting with fellow pulp fans whom I get to see face-to-face only once a year. That’s always the highlight of the trip. Sure, the programming is terrific. And, yeah, there’s so many fantastic pulps and pulp-related items on sale. (And I say this not just because I’m on the PulpFest committee.) But it’s the community that keeps me coming back.

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Live coverage from PulpFest 2017

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Events, People, PulpFest
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Live coverage from PulpFest 2017

PulpFest 2017In just over a week, PulpFest 2017 will be getting underway near Pittsburgh, Pa. I plan on being there, and I hope that you will be there, too.

The past few years I have posted a brief report from PulpFest each day. I’m changing my plan for this year’s coverage.

I’ve struggled to get the daily posts written and uploaded in a timely fashion, from lack of time to lack of internet connection. In addition, PulpFest is being held at a new venue this year, so I’m uncertain how things will go. Since I’m on the PulpFest organizing committee, there may be unexpected things that end up consuming my time.

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Fatty’s friend, the pulp reader

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in Movies/TV/Radio, People, Pulp History, Pulps
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Fatty Arbuckle's mugshot

Fatty Arbuckle’s mugshot

In addition to pulps, I collect vintage photographs that include pulp magazines in them. Many are of newsstands covered with the magazines; others are snapshots with pulps being held, read, or just laying in the background.

There’s a gallery of over 100 such images here at ThePulp.Net, but not all of the photographs in my collection have been posted there.

Here’s an example of one of those, and the story behind it.

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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
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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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Remembering the pulpsters

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, November 29, 2016 in People, Pulp History, Pulps, Pulpsters
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The pulps are more than just the stories and characters depicted on the covers and inside of the magazines.

The pulps are the thousands of writers, artists, and editors who churned out the popular fiction magazines from 1896 through the mid-1950s.

Around this time in 2012, I started noting the anniversaries of births and deaths of pulp writers, artists, and editors on ThePulp.Net’s Facebook page and in its Twitter feed. It started out with just a few a month as I began collecting names and dates in a spreadsheet.

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Robert Weinberg: 1946-2016

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, September 26, 2016 in News, Obituaries, People, Pulps
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Robert Weinberg

Robert Weinberg

Longtime pulp collector and historian Robert Weinberg died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. He had been in poor health for a number of years.

In addition to being a fiction and comic-book writer and book dealer, Weinberg edited or co-edited a number of pulp-related reprint anthologies, including his Pulp Classics chapbook series, Hard-Boiled Detectives: 23 Great Stories from ‘Dime Detective Magazine’, Tough Guys and Dangerous Dames, and Rivals of ‘Weird Tales’.”

He also published Pulp, a chapbook fanzine on the pulps from 1970 through 1981, and wrote The ‘Weird Tales’ Story, a history of the “Unique Magazine” in 1977.

Weinberg, who was born Aug. 29, 1946, was 70.

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