Category Archives: Pulp Science Fiction

The Thing, A Sci-Fi Lullaby

“The Thing, A Sci-fi Lullaby” by Kent Gutschke For Henry Kuttner, Charles T. Webb, and my dog, Rusty   As the funny-shaped thing zips into view— Zigging now zagging past Bill’s Greasy Spoon, Earl roosts on his porch with his old, brown dog, Sipping corn liquor, his brain in a fog.   Earl and his dog […]

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Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)

“So great had been the development of science on Earth by the 25th century that when we first rocketed through the voids of space and landed on that amazing planet, Venus, its inhabitants regarded us as superior beings…” —Buddy Deering   “It’s a ray gun…Flash Gordon uses one of them.” “Yeah, what mob does he […]

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Patricia Savage, The Bronze Goddess Of Pulp Fiction

“Some bear it better than others.  We Savages, I think carry it poorly.” —Patricia Savage, “I Died Yesterday” (1948) Of all the Doc Savage stories published by Street & Smith during its sixteen-year run, “I Died Yesterday” is unique in being the only story told from Patricia Savage’s point of view.  Who is Patricia Savage?   She […]

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Henry Kuttner’s Galloway Gallagher

Are you a technician or a driveling idiot?  — “The Proud Robot” (1943) The story goes that Galloway Gallagher got his name when his author, Henry Kuttner, called the frazzled protagonist “Gallagher” in the “Time Locker”, then mistakenly called him “Galloway” while writing its sequel.  Kuttner, realizing his error, combined the names and thus, Galloway Gallagher was born.  Whether […]

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Savage Critique (Doc Savage and The Black, Black Witch)

Days ago I finished reading my first Doc Savage novel, and upon finishing the last chapter, was as giddy as a twelve year-old.  It is a feat that has until now, eluded me; while I’ve had several Doc Savage reprints lying around for years – including an old Bama reprint of “Murder Melody” – I’ve […]

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