Tag Archives: Pulp Science Fiction

Dreams by the Dead Seas of Mars

“Monsters, John!  Monsters from the Id!” —Lt.  ‘Doc’ Ostrow, Forbidden Planet   My dreams are dreams of an unbearable heat, forged in the arid and attenuated atmosphere of Mars and tempered in the deep recesses of Olympos Mons—a place where old minds give birth to old patterns of an alien logic—where strange thoughts rise from red […]

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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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Does Mars Need Women?

I wrote this a in 2008 in anticipation of Valentine’s Day.  At the time, I didn’t know David Levy was an accomplished chess player. This one is a touch early, but I have electrifying plans for Valentine’s Day—plans that involve a microchip, silicone, a tube of lip-gloss, and lots and lots of whipped cream.

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