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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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Jon Arfstrom: 1928-2015

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, December 4, 2015 in News, Obituaries, People, Pulp Art, Pulpsters
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"Weird Tales" (January 1952)

“Weird Tales” (January 1952)

Jon Arfstrom, likely the last surviving artist for the original Weird Tales, died Wednesday, Dec. 2. He was 87.

Arfstrom got his start with fantasy illustrations in fanzines in the late 1940s. His interior artwork first appeared in Weird Tales, as well as sf and fantasy digests, in 1950; his first cover was January 1952. A more extensive profile of Arfstrom appears on the PulpFest website.

He was the special guest at PulpFest 2015 in Columbus, Ohio, in August. At the con, Arfstrom participated in a question-and-answer presentation with artist and pulp art historian David Saunders.

An audio recording of that presentation is available in ThePulp.Net’s PulpFest 2015 coverage or as a Pulp Event Podcast.

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Star Wars’ forgotten pulp connection

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2015 in Movies/TV/Radio, People, Pulp History, Pulps, Pulpsters
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Star Wars’ forgotten pulp connection
Leigh Brackett

Leigh Brackett

The Star Wars series returns to the silver screens just a couple of weeks from now with Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and with it a nearly 90-year-old branch of science fiction that originated in the pulp magazines: the space opera.

Merriam-Webster defines space opera as “a futuristic melodramatic fantasy involving space travelers and extraterrestrial beings.” Early, or proto, science fiction and fantasy naturally included beings on worlds other than our Earth. In the 1600s, Cyrano de Bergerac wrote about rocketing to another world — our Moon in this case — in The Other World: Comical History of the States and Empires of the Moon. There were similar stories over the next 250-odd years, with Earthlings exploring inhabited worlds among the stars.

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Boeckman, Powell talk pulps

Posted by at 10:00 am Thursday, November 12, 2015 in Movies/TV/Radio, People, Pulp History, Pulps, Pulpsters
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Here’s a real treat that Bill Crider posted on his blog, Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Magazine. It’s a video of fictioneers Charles Boeckman and Talmage Powell reminiscing about the pulp era.

It was recorded in 1995 by Patti Boeckman in Powell’s backyard in Asheville, N.C. It’s well worth the 20 minutes needed to watch it.

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Bits of pulp: Amazing, whispers, a passing

Posted by at 10:00 am Thursday, October 29, 2015 in Bits of Pulp, Movies/TV/Radio, News, Obituaries, People, Pulp Art, Pulps, Pulpsters
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"Amazing Stories"AMAZING STORIES RETURNING: Late last week news began circulating that Amazing Stories, originally produced by Steven Spielberg, may be returning to television.

Entertainment Weekly says that Bryan Fuller will be leading the revived series for NBC.

Fuller was showrunner for NBC’s Hannibal, which was canceled last spring, and is developing American Gods, a series based on Neil Gaiman‘s novel, for Starz.

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