Okay, I’ve been causing a stink lately. It drives me nuts that people act like science fiction began with the Campbellian revolution. Everything I’ve heard about the pulps has turned out to be egregiously wrong. And anything anyone says about the history of science fiction comes off to me like warmed over narrative from three literary movements back in time.
Much as I love all out old school pulp science fiction, I get it. The “hard” stuff is still synonymous with the field. Foundation, Dune, Starship Troopers, The Mote in God’s Eye, Ender’s Game, … sure enough people dig that stuff. People want more!
If that’s you, then you’ll want to head over to Perihelion magazine for Only a Signal Shown by L.E. Buis. It combines action and compelling dilemmas to explore the implications of big ideas. And just like the old Berserker stories by Fred Saberhagen, I think a lot of people are going to want a whole fixup’s worth of fiction exploring this particular universe. Just like Isaac Asimov’s Robot stories, it’s clear that there’s so much more to explore with this.
Check it out!