Seems like everyone wants to know what exactly this Pulp Revolution thing exactly is, and how exactly and precisely do we define it, and what stories are or are not included in the specific canon of this very specific bomb throwing literary book club movement thing. In the interests of clarifying nothing, and agitating everyone, I present:
JUST WHAT THE HELL IS THIS PULP REVOLUTION THING ANYWAY?
The Pulp Revolution isn’t about the time or place or genre of a story, nor about remaking old stories. It’s about learning from the past how to make great stories.
It’s about grabbing the audience right out of the gate and keeping them mesmerized by moving the story along. It’s about the absolute minimum of boring talky baloney, and the absolute maximal entertainment, enjoyment, and fun. It’s about audience first, last, and always. It’s about eschewing all else in pursuit of stories that inspire, that thrill, that horrify, that move, that elate. It’s about storytelling in its purest and most elemental form. It’s about all that…
And nothing else.
Maybe your story has hard science, or not. It doesn’t matter.
Maybe your story has Tolkienesque elves, or not. It doesn’t matter.
Maybe your story is set in the ’30’s, or not. It doesn’t matter.
Is it thrilling? Is it compelling? Is it entertaining? Is it moving? Is it inspiring? Is it horrifying?
Does it grab the audience from sentence one and pull them through the story? Does it, in short, enthrall them?
Only this matters.
The writers and editors of the Pulps had a simple mandate: write for the audience, write to tell stories they loved and wanted more of, write to drive the audience wild, OR GO OUT OF BUSINESS. In this cauldron of fierce competitiveness, they were forced to develop their talents to their utmost. They told great stories, because it was that or go bust. We can learn from them.
The Pulp Revolution eschews all else—“laws” of genre, preachiness and propaganda, minute and mind numbing and IRRELEVANT details of worldbuilding, technobabble, or whatever else the author wants to spit out to show how clever they are—in the pursuit of stories that drive the audience wild: finding them, sharing them, and MAKING them. The story, and only the story, and only ever the story.
We treasure adventure, exploration, bold characterization, heroics, and action. We treasure all that entertains and enthralls, all that moves and inspires, all that drives the audience wild.
We plumb the Pulps for ideas and tropes long forgotten, like the ancient perilous elves, like wild and unfettered fantasy stories, like plots, archetypes, and entire genres long since forgotten. We take all these great and forgotten elements and build something new and exciting from them.
The Pulp Revolution is not about the past. It’s about the future. The future of storytelling, the future of publishing, and the future of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
The Pulp Revolution is the future. It is all that is vital and ALIVE about storytelling, it is all that audiences cheer for and love. Everyone else will join us, ape us, or decline into irrelevance.
We are the Pulp Revolution. The future is ours.