Monday, November 8, 2010

Understanding pulps

Jess Nevins' "Where did science fiction come from? A primer on the pulps." at io9. [via Free SF Reader]

On "the approach of the pulp writers and magazines: an emphasis on adventure; the privileging of plot over characterization; the use of dialogue and narration as means for delivering information rather than displaying authorial style; the regular use and exploitation of the exotic, whether racial, sexual, socioeconomic, or geographic; simple emotions strongly expressed; and good always triumphing over evil."

Notes for me (to look up fiction).

  1. "Philip Francis Nowlan's "Armageddon–2419 AD" (the story in which Buck Rogers debuted)".
Related: Fiction from old pulps.