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New Article – PulpFest Profile — Eighty Years of CAPTAIN FUTURE Captain Future Vol. 3, No. 2 (Fall, 1941). Cover Art by George Rozen

New Article – PulpFest Profile — Eighty Years of CAPTAIN FUTURE

I was delighted when PulpFest editor, Mike Chomko, asked me to write an article celebrating Captain Future’s eightieth birthday. The article is out today.

“An Astounding 90 Years” "Astounding Science-Fiction," March 1938

“An Astounding 90 Years”

When PulpFest’s blog editor asked me to write an article about Astounding/Analog’s 90th birthday I had only the slightest idea of what I’d be writing about. Oh sure, I knew the magazine and I knew that John W. Campbell, Jr. was a hugely important figure in the history of science fiction. He had an extraordinarily […]

Heroines of Science Fiction & Fantasy

Heroines of Science Fiction & Fantasy

I’m pretty stubborn. I’ve been told that a lot. One of the things I’m stubborn about is that there are worthy heroines in Golden Age science fiction. Looking at those old pulp covers you’d never believe it, I know. But I’ve dug up some pretty interesting gals for my newest article on the Heroines of […]

Solar System Quilt

Solar System Quilt

This is my creative inspiration for the morning – a Solar System Quilt created by Ellen Harding Baker in 1876.    According to various web sources – teacher, Ellen Harding Baker of Cedar County, Iowa, created this embroidered quilt in 1876 as a visual aid for her community astronomy lectures. It’s now part of the […]

Sunday Evening Etymology Astounding interior illustration by Edd Cartier

Sunday Evening Etymology

The term used to be “unhuman.” Now, it’s “inhuman.” I’m not sure exactly when it changed, certainly by the 1970’s. The etymology leads me to believe that in earlier decades some writers followed the trail from the old French word “humain” and so unhuman is correct. At a later time we accepted that human is […]

Report from the Field — Nanocon Mk. V March 24, 2018 Nano Sara2

Report from the Field — Nanocon Mk. V March 24, 2018

Today, I attended my first science fiction convention as a book seller. It was a super experience. But before we get to that, let’s recap. Landscape of Darkness: A Novelette of the Space Patrol has been in print since January 15th, 2018. Since then it has been featured on the Rodney’s Saga Blog and had […]

“Conspiracy Theory” in 1930’s Science Fiction The Great Illusion illustration1b

“Conspiracy Theory” in 1930’s Science Fiction

UPDATE: When you’re dealing with long defunct magazines and house names of writers it can be difficult to determine who wrote what. Will Garth was one of the pseudonyms used by Henry Kuttner, it was also a house name used by the Thrilling group of pulp magazines: Thrilling Wonder Stories, Startling Stories,  Strange Stories, and […]

Landscape of Darkness is here! Landscape of Darkness book

Landscape of Darkness is here!

I’m delighted to announce the release of my illustrated novelette, “Landscape of Darkness.” It’s light reading, a space opera to curl up with coverlet and a cup of tea on a cold Winter evening. The physical book launched as a soft-cover through Amazon today, January 15, 2018. It will also be out as an eBook […]

My top three science fiction doctors

I’ve been a professional (alternative) healer for several decades. Here are a couple of people I wouldn’t mind trusting my life to: Calhoun (Med Ship, Doctor to the Stars, Pariah Planet, and others by Murray Leinster) Snake (Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre) Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Star Trek) Who’s bedside manner impresses you? Save Please follow […]

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