Luke Cage is a character whose name got tossed around for years as possibly getting the live action treatment. Movies, TV, The Rock, Terry Crews, so many possibilities were discussed. Now, we have him on Netflix and he’s great but a greater version almost happened.
Actors may be front and center but, sometimes, the location is the star of a movie. Hogwarts in Harry Potter, Bag End in Lord of the Rings, the firehouse in Ghostbusters, places like these have become as iconic — if not more so — than the movies they’re in.
From artist Ástor Alexander come these video game-inspired pulp covers: Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid. My favorite is the Mario one, mostly because I imagine that it's a series, and every book ends with Mario heading to another castle.
I mean, sure, you could be out there with thousands of others fighting over discounted TVs and whatnot, but why not stay in where it's nice and warm and admire Laurent Durieux's latest lovely work for Mondo?
Garish colors, screaming titles, smooth robots and bold, bulbous rockets — who could ask for more in a pulp cover? Of all the nations producing pulp fiction in the 20th century, Spain stands out for having the very best packaging for these tales of aliens and outer space.
Onondaga Public Library in Syracuse, New York, has an enormous collection of roughly 1,100 vintage books in science fiction, mystery and "other genres." But apparently, there isn't enough interest to keep them in circulation. So they're asking people to propose what should be done with them.
The pulps of the world were full of tough men. The iconic pulp characters — the Shadow, Doc Savage, Tarzan — are all men, and the common perception of the pulps is that they were written by male writers, about male characters, for male readers.
Most of us are familiar to a limited degree with the story of Dr. David Livingstone (1813-1873): his disappearance, his October, 1871 discovery in Ujiji, Tanzania, by Henry Stanley (1841-1904), and Stanley's greeting to Livingstone: "Dr. Livingstone, I believe?" Even if the latter phrase is a post-facto invention by…
The task of defining "steampunk" has become surprisingly difficult. Wildly differing definitions are currently in use, from the strictly traditional (late 19th century London-based alternate history science fiction) to the Lewis Carrollian (steampunk means whatever a person wants it to mean).
In my previous column I covered the history of European sci-fi pulps from their origins up to the beginning of World War I. Now we're ready to delve into their history up through World War II.
The history of science fiction in America and Great Britain has been the subject of a number of popular and academic studies, and in general is well known, at least among science fiction fans. But the history of European science fiction, defined in this case as the countries of continental Europe, the Scandinavian…
Pulp historian Jess Nevins, author of Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana, takes you deep into the weird history of the scifi pulps, 1900-1950. Get ready for amazing science and astounding adventure! This is the first in a series on the pulps.
Possibly the most gripping science-fiction story of all time has gone up online, featuring daredevil air pilots hurling acidic bullets against the implacable Slavs and their disintegrating flame. It's the futuristic year of 1938, in "Werewolves Of War."
Joe R. and Keith Lansdale present another collection of stories recalling those hard-boiled cheap thrills from the first half of the last century. Hearken back with us now to yesteryear in Son of Retro Pulp Tales! (Subterranean Press).
Receiving a large box from your parents generally means something bad: They've cleared out all your stuff from their basement and now you have to find a place for it, or it's a misplaced care package that's only three years past its sell-by date. For one SF fan, however, that package contained the geek motherlode:…
When I was in college, I had two obsessions: art movies and pulp novels. The art movies were everything foreign or indie, from Almodovar to Egoyan to Greenaway. The pulp novels included some science fiction, but also a bunch of Mickey Spillane and Richard Stark. They were opposites, high and low culture, but they…