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Misha Burnett’s story in Cirsova #5 continues to turn heads. Here’s only the latest positive review: Five issues on, and Cirsova is keeping up with its high standard. Even tho the large chunk of this issue is based around this same shared fictional background, stories are as varied in theme, tone and style as ever, […]

It’s the Twenty-Second Century. The galaxy has opened up to humanity as a hyperactive beehive of stargates and new technologies, and we suddenly find ourselves in a vast playground of different races, environments, and cultures. There’s just one catch: we are pretty much at the bottom of the food chain. Enter the Four Horsemen universe, […]

Leigh Brackett is something of a staple here at Castalia House and for the Pulp Revolution crowd at large, but I must admit it’s taken me quite a while to get to her stuff. I’ve seen Alex’s reviews, of course, and I’ve noted her constant exclusion by the “women have historically been excluded from SFF!!1” […]

Regress harder. The phrase has become something of a motto for the Pulp Revolution, describing a look back to the giants of pulp and beyond for inspiration to create something new for today. But who stands in the shadows behind the pulp fictioneers of the 1920s and 1930s? What characters inspired the heroes and villains […]

Freeman’s Stand, by Sarah A. Hoyt, brings the theme of Rocket’s Red Glare back to the forefront with a vengeance. Molly is a teenaged girl who is literally a rebellious teenager. She has joined a loose organization dedicated to overthrowing a vaguely defined despotic regime with the goal of implementing an equally vaguely defined New […]

I have always been interested in stories concerning the afterlife and after reading this description: “….a short story in an etheric reality where souls are hunted, captured, consumed and willpower distinguishes the strong from the weak”. I had to read it. The story begins with the protagonist, Niman located “in the slit between peripherals and […]

It’s often been asked what later science fiction writers the pulp masters influenced.  I wager there were many, even when it’s not directly obvious from the works themselves.  For instance, the adventurousness of Heinlein’s stories and his classic heroes remind me strongly of the best pulp authors. But speculation aside, of all the great science […]

I reviewed the first Swords of Steel anthology earlier this year. A second volume came out in 2016. Swords of Steel III had a release of Friday, May 19th. Dave Ritzlin sent me a file of the book to review. Good timing for me. Seems like life is full of putting out fires constantly leaving […]

I don’t profess to be an expert on the excellent Robert E Howard.  In fact, it was over two decades after Conan the Barbarian became a favorite character of mine that I read Howard’s stories about the Cimmerian!  My first exposure to the pulp titan was in the form of Saturday morning cartoon Conan the […]

Softie by Noel Loomis appeared in the October 1948 issue of Thrilling Wonder Stories. Thrilling Wonder Stories dips its toes into some space adventure with Softie, and despite being a comic short rather than a srs biz space opera, it delivered some worthwhile stealables. You could maybe try to run Softie as a one-off, but […]

James Desborough returns to his vision of pulp fiction with Stain – Dead and Gone, the story of a hard boiled detective called up from “administrative duty” to work a murder case that nobody wants solved.  Stane, the drunk with a disturbing tendency to wind up as the partner of a dead cop, is your […]

This edition of the Cirsova Author Series features a Q&A with Kurt Magnuski, author of Othan, Liberator published in in Cirsova #3. Othan returns in Othan, Vandal, with the release of Cirsova #6 Before I get on topic I ask for tourist suggestions for visitors to Chicago but we quickly get to discussing Kurt’s work, […]