There is so much going on it’s easy to miss things. And there are books going out that I don’t even look at until three different people insist I take a look at them. Thune’s Visions was one of those books. Nethereal was another. Given how good those were, I pay attention when this sort of consensus begins to emerge.
Here’s just the latest example:
Hooc Ott pointed out on Twitter that “the novel that launched Sad Puppies and all that followed it is in the tradition of Howard ERB Lovecraft Tolkien PULP”: Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International!
And that did jog my memory. The month before the latest QuQu video had a whole bit on how Correia invoked the pulp ethos just as he was making his big splash.
But there was actually one person that had gone further than anyone else in making this connection. That was Daddy Warpig back in October!
Check it out:
In every literary movement, there comes a time when earlier works are reinterpreted in light of the new aesthetic and retroactively incorporated. It happened with New Wave, Cyberpunk, and Steampunk, and I’m doing it today with the Pulp Revolution.
Thesis: The writings ofare pure Pulp Revolution.
Let’s run through the supporting reasoning.
1 Action Oriented: Larry writes action. Larry writes GOOD action. Larry writes action scenes that blow the top of your head off. In fact, Larry has said that if he goes 5000 words without an action scene, he starts to get twitchy and feels the need to blow something up. (Paraphrasing, obviously.)
2 Moral Core: Pulp Heroes, aswrote, act from a moral core. In Larry’s stories, even the VILLAINS act from comprehensive moral codes (see “Hard Magic” and “Son of the Black Sword”). Owen Pitt, chief protagonist of the Monster Hunter series, has a definite moral code which compels him to act, and the element of romance, in both the “male-female” and “adventure” senses, are clearly a part of that series.
3 Deafness to Genre Restrictions: It is not that Larry is a rebel against arbitrary genre restrictions, it’s that he simply doesn’t understand them and violates them as a matter of course. The Big Book Of Genre No-No’s baffles and enrages him, and like a caveman with a calculator, he beats the infuriating thing against a rock until shiny stuff falls out.
It’s telling that when he set his hand to writing Epic Fantasy, what he came up with was, first, a dieselpunk-superhero-fantasy with zeppelins, ninjas, and giant mechs, a genre blend that does the pulps proud, and second a post-demon-apocalypse, India-inspired sword and sorcery setting, every bit as exotic as nearly anything you could find in the pulps.
So, while Larry isn’t part of the Pulp Revolution, and has almost certainly never heard of Cirsova magazine (or possibly even Appendix N), his writing definitely prefigured much of the elements that make it up. Larry’s books partake of the spirit of the Neopulps, and for that he deserves a place of honor in the Pulp Revolution Hall of Fame.