Pulp Crazy – Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/134.mp3

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s episode of Pulp Crazy. I’m your host, Jason Aiken. In this week’s episode I’m going to be discussing Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. This film was released nationwide in the United States on December 17, 2015. I will devote this last Pulp Crazy episode of 2015 to reviewing and discussing the film. I figured it would be appropriate for Pulp Crazy because George Lucas didn’t create Star Wars in a vacuum. The pulp science fantasy works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, E. E. ’Doc’ Smith, and Leigh Brackett are without a doubt in the D.N.A. of Star Wars.
SPOILERS AHOY! I can’t critique this movie honestly without mentioning a few things about it. So you’ve been warned, I wouldn’t watch this until after you’ve seen the film, unless you don’t care about spoilers.

Wold Newton Day 12/13/2015 – The Adventure of the Peerless Peer by Philip José Farmer

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/133.mp3

Today, December 13, 2015 is the 220th anniversary of the Wold Newton event. On December 13, 1795, a meteorite struck outside the hamlet of Wold Newton in Yorkshire, England. According to Philip José Farmer, when the meteorite crashed into the countryside, two carriages were passing by. The drivers and passengers, who were already of heroic stock, were exposed to the ionization of the meteorite and were further enhanced by it.

These passengers include Sir Percy Blakeny, the Scarlet Pimpernel as well as Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy. Ancestors of Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, Doc Savage, the Avenger, the Shadow, the Spider, and others were present as well. The passengers included several married couples, with some of the women already being pregnant at the time. Their children would later marry each other, thus the enriched genes would not become recessive. Due to the families becoming interconnected, they are referred to as one family, the Wold Newton Family.

Today also marks the day of the launch of WOLDNEWTONFAMILY.COM. A website devoted to the canonical Wold Newton Family works by Philip José Farmer and authorized continuations. Be sure to take some time and give it a peek on Wold Newton Day, it has several articles, and is a great introduction and resource to Philip José Farmer’s Wold Newton Family.

In this week’s episode, I look at a seminal Wold Newton tale, “The Adventure of the Peerless Peer” by Philip José Farmer himself. This story features Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson, and Tarzan, with several cameos by other pulp heroes.

Links:

Wold Newton Family.com: http://woldnewtonfamily.com

The Official Philip José Farmer Website: http://pjfarmer.com

Purchase The Adventure of the Peerless Peer on Amazon (hardcopy and ebook): http://www.amazon.com/Further-Adventures-Sherlock-Holmes-Peerless/dp/0857681206/

Purchase The Adventure of the Peerless Peer on B&N.com (paperback and ebook):  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/further-adventures-of-sherlock-holmes-philip-jose-farmer/1100310919?ean=9780857681201

Dennis Powers’ essay: “Jungle Brothers, or, Secrets of the Jungle Lords”:  http://www.pjfarmer.com/woldnewton/Articles4.htm#JUNGLE

Pulp Crazy – Terror Out of Space by Leigh Brackett

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/132.mp3

In this week’s episode of Pulp Crazy, I’ll be discussing Leigh Brackett’s “Terror Out of Space.” This episode is going up on December 7, 2015, which would be Leigh Brackett’s 100th birthday.

“Terror Out of Space” is a cosmic horror story set beneath the seas of Venus. It’s an interesting mash up of science fiction and cosmic horror.

Links:

Read “Terror Out of Space” on SFF Audio’s PDF Page:  http://www.sffaudio.com/features/pdf-page/

Leigh Brackett at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leigh_Brackett

Leigh Brackett at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?334

Purchase Leigh Brackett books on Paizo.com: http://tinyurl.com/paizobrackett

Purchase Leigh Brackett books from Haffner Press: http://www.haffnerpress.com/

Eric John Stark article by Morgan Holmes: http://www.castaliahouse.com/the-pulp-swordsmen-eric-john-stark/

The Ginger Star article by Morgan Holmes: http://www.castaliahouse.com/the-ginger-star/

Preorder the Lee Brackett Centennial book: http://www.haffnerpress.com/book/lb100/