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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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Remembering the pulpsters

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, November 29, 2016 in People, Pulp History, Pulps, Pulpsters

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

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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PulpFest 2016 reports

Posted by at 10:00 am Thursday, July 28, 2016 in Events, People, PulpFest, Pulps

PulpFest 2016 reports

Updated: Aug. 27, 2016.

Now that PulpFest 2016 is over, it’s time for my annual listing of convention reports.

The PulpFest 2016 dealers' room

The PulpFest 2016 dealers’ room

I will be updating this post over the next few weeks as new reports are posted online. I will add a line at the top of the post to indicate when it has been updated.

I recorded over seven-and-a-half hours of PulpFest 2016 programming, and those recordings are now available for listening. If you subscribe to the Pulp Event Podcast through iTunes, podcasts for all nine events have been uploaded. If you’re prefer to listen to them from the website, head over to ThePulp.Net’s PulpFest 2016 coverage page. There you will find links to pages with photos and embedded audio for each of the events that I recorded.

Of course, if you have posted a PulpFest report online, or come across one that’s not listed below, please let me know in the comments or using the contact form.

Now on to the reports (listed alphabetically)…
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PulpFest 2016, days 3-4

Posted by at 11:00 am Tuesday, July 26, 2016 in Events, New Pulp, People, PulpFest

PulpFest 2016, days 3-4

I got home last evening from my 1,750-mile round trip to PulpFest 2016. It’s a long drive, but well worth it.

I apologize again for not getting a report on day 3 of the convention posted Sunday. I didn’t get up early enough, then had too much to do before hitting the road for a seven-hour drive, which was the first half of my trip home.

Now that all that’s taken care of, let’s jump back to Saturday.

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Michael R. Hudson: 1955-2016

Posted by at 1:15 pm Saturday, July 9, 2016 in News, Obituaries, People

Michael R. Hudson

Michael R. Hudson

I logged into Facebook last night around 11 p.m. and was shocked to see that Audrey Parente had shared in the Southern Pulpsters group a post that artist, writer, and editor Michael R. Hudson had died suddenly an hour or so earlier. He was 61.

Michael was behind Sequential Pulp Comics and Raven’s Head Press, and before those, he ran ReelArt Studios, which produced collectible statues of pulp, comics, and pin-up art.

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