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One of the common complaints levelled at the modern world of traditional publishing revolves around the narrowly constrained style that predominates.  A limited-omniscient third person point of view, and one that shifts focus from chapter to chapter, or even from paragraph to paragraph, has come to define modern story-telling, with deviations from that expectation conveniently […]

I want to explain why my posts have become almost exclusively anime focused lately. The answer is quite simple, really: Anime is my pulp revolution. The whole idea behind the pulp revolution and the “Regress harder” mantra is that modern entertainment has lost a lot of what makes media…well, enjoyable. Pulp appealed to everyone, because […]

Frederick Faust (1892-1944) was one of the kings of the pulp magazines. He is best remembered for his pseudonym “Max Brand” today. He had 900 copyrights to his name. He is generally associated with the western genre, but he wrote in other genres including detective, historical, spy/espionage, boxing, aviation, nautical, tropical adventure, dogs, horses, and […]

Radio operator Peter Moore, the man of brass and later to be called Peter the Brazen, gets caught up in Chinese intrigues in “A Princess of Static.” Peter is called out as a major inspiration to Doc Savage, from the man of brass/Man of Bronze nicknames to the technologist as a heroic man of action. […]

Super soldiers legendary peacemakers, and lost fleets feature in this week’s collection of science fiction’s newest releases. Banner of the Stars, Vol. 1 – Hiroyuki Morioka You journeyed with Jint and Lafier through three volumes of interplanetary-scale action and intrigue in CREST OF THE STARS. Through pain and companionship, they forged their way through an […]

After federal agent Roland Dane survives the successful assassination of the U.S. Secretary of State in Peru, he makes his way back to the United States in secret with the help of a mysterious organization opposed to the global establishment. But when a famous film star is reported dead just hours after the agent visits […]

“You’ve got to love escalation.” – Faust Hayden, XSeed CY40 II Brian Niemeier’s Combat Frame XSeed: CY 40 ended on a wicked cliffhanger with the clash of superweapons and the sudden disappearance of Arthur Wake, the mastermind of the rebellion against the Systems Overterrestrial Coalition (SOC). The sequel, Combat Frame XSeed: CY40 Second Coming, picks […]

Louis L’Amour (1908-1988) may be the most popular western fiction writer of the Twentieth Century. He was the second western writer I read. The first was Robert E. Howard’s westerns. L’amour is not my favorite western writer, I like Gordon D. Shirreffs, T. V. Olsen, and Elmer Kelton more. L’Amour did write some classic novels […]

In Ruins of the Galaxy, by J. N. Chaney and Christopher Hopper, an intergalactic peace summit between the Republic, the Jedi-like Luma, and the canine Jujari end with a bang when three explosions rip through the summit. Now Republic Marine Lt. Magnus and Luma peacekeeper Awen must escape the enraged homeworld of the Jujari, while […]

Open the new year with dinosaur dragons, Haitian zombies, wizened protectors, and gambling merchants in this week’s collection of fantasy and adventure new releases. Alumni (Artorian’s Archives #1) – Dennis Vanderkerken and Dakota Krout An academy that scrapes the sky. Blight that fills the earth. Two codgers duking it out. Artorian has decided to live, all […]

There was a time in the 1990s that Brian Lumley was one of the big names in horror fiction. Lumley was someone I read in Lin Carter edited anthologies in the early 80s. Tor published the first Necroscope book in the U.S. in late 1988. A steady number of paperbacks in the series followed through […]

The Shadow cleans up Chicago in Gangdom’s Doom, the fifth Shadow novella. Inspired by the April 1931 Chicago election, The Shadow takes on the crime empire of Nick Savoli, a thinly disguised stand-in for Al Capone. Gangland Chicago was a breeding ground for pulp stories, from Amusement, Inc. to Black Mask and a host of hero and detective […]