Tag Archives: Science Fiction

Pulp Crazy – Rastignac the Devil by Philip Jose Farmer



This weeks featured story is not really a pulp tale, although it was written by a breakout pulp writer, who later became a well known science fiction writer. The story is Rastignac the Devil by Philip Jose Farmer. The story first appeared in the May 1954 issue of Fantastic Universe, a digest sized Science Fiction magazine. The story is now readily available online as it is has fallen into the public domain.

Rastignac the Devil takes place in the same shared universe as Farmer’s groundbreaking science fiction story The Lovers, as well as Moth & Rust. Both The Lovers and Moth & Rust appeared in Startling Stories, a science fiction pulp magazine. Rastignac the Devil acts as a prequel to The Lovers.


Rastignac the Devil eBook: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/31262

Rastignac the Devil Audio Book: https://librivox.org/rastignac-the-devil-by-philip-jose-farmer/

The Official Philip Jose Farmer Web Page: http://pjfarmer.com/

Meteor House Press: http://meteorhousepress.com

PulpFest 2014 – Christopher Paul Carey, The Goddess Equation


Christopher Paul Carey reads from “The Goddess Equation” available now in The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer Volume 4: Voyages to Strange Days from Meteor House Press.


Worlds of PJF Volume 4: http://meteorhousepress.com/the-worlds-of-philip-jose-farmer-4/

Christopher Paul Carey Website: http://cpcarey.com

Christopher Paul Carey at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Christopher-Paul-Carey/e/B002BMMFH6

Christopher Paul Carey Twitter: https://twitter.com/cpcarey

PulpFest 2014 – FarmerCon IX


Paul Spiteri, Christopher Paul Carey, and Jason Aiken discuss Philip Jose Farmer’s blending of the pulps and science fiction elements in his work.

Christopher Paul Carey: http://cpcarey.com

Christopher Paul Carey at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Christopher-Paul-Carey/e/B002BMMFH6

Christopher Paul Carey Twitter: https://twitter.com/cpcarey


Pulp Crazy – Ignition City

In this weeks episode I will be discussing Ignition City. It is a alternate history science fiction comic book mini series that was published in 2009 by Avatar Press. The five issue mini series was written by Warren Ellis, illustrated by Gianluca Pagliarani, inked by Chris Dier and colored by Digikore Studios. The series is also available in trade paperback, hardcover or digital.

The series is set in 1956, in Ignition City, the last space port on Earth on an island located along the equator. Pulp fans will be interested in the series due to the cast being analogues of the great science fiction characters of yesterday. Analogues for Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, Doctor Hans Zarkov and Ming the Merciless are present, as well as Buck Rogers, an antagonist wearing Commando Cody’s rocket pack and helmet, and a former Lensman

There are also real life characters such as Lionel Kenneth Crabb, also known as Buster. Also making an appearance is Yuri Gagarin.

Despite many intergalactic adventures in the past, in this series personal spaceflight is starting to become outlawed by governments all over the world. Ignition City is the final haven for the space faring heroes of the 30s and 40s. Think of Ignition City as Deadwood, but populated by classic science fiction characters who all have their best years behind them. The star of the series is Mary Raven, the daughter of famed pilot Rock Raven who seems to be based on British Science Fiction hero Dan Dare. She travels to Ignition City to investigate her fathers recent death. She is a pilot herself and slings a mean ray gun. She is the POV character you experience Ignition City through.


Ignition City Trade paperback :http://tinyurl.com/lhgz7hz

Ignition City Hardcover: http://tinyurl.com/onjbxod

Ignition City at Comixology: https://www.comixology.com/Ignition-City-Vol-1/comics-series/2642

Ignition City Website: http://ignitioncity.com/

Warren Ellis Website: http://www.warrenellis.com/

Lionel “Buster” Crabb: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Crabb

Yuri Gagarin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin

Pulp Crazy – Mimic by Donald A. Wollheim

In this weeks episode I will be discussing Mimic by Donald A. Wollheim. Mimic is a short story that first appeared in the December 1942 issue of Astonishing Stories. Mimic served as the inspiration for the 1997 film of the same name directed by Guillermo Del Toro and starring Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam and Josh Brolin. The short story is only a little over 2 pages in length, so the film expands upon the concepts introduced in Wollheim’s short story.

Read Mimic at UNZ.org: http://www.unz.org/Pub/FantasticNovelsSF-1950sep-00118

Donald A. Wollheim @Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_A._Wollheim

Donald A. Wollheim @ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?826

Donald A. Wollheim @Science Fiction Hall of Fame: http://web.archive.org/web/20120722083854/http://www.empmuseum.org/exhibitions/index.asp?articleID=966

Pulpfest 2012 – Barsoom and Beyond

A panel presentation from Pulpfest 2012 on Mars in the pulps with a focus on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Leigh Brackett, Ray Bradbury and Otis Adelbert Kline. Panelists are Ed Hulse, Henry Franke, Stephen Haffner, Garyn Roberts and Will Murray.

Ed Hulse: http://muraniapress.com/
Henry Franke: http://www.burroughsbibliophiles.com/
Stephen Haffner: http://www.haffnerpress.com/
Garyn Roberts: http://tinyurl.com/klcnebt
Will Murray: http://www.adventuresinbronze.com/


Pulpfest 2012 – Guest of Honor, Mike Resnick

A recording of Mike Resnick’s guest of honor speech from Pulpfest 2012. The award winning science fiction writer covers a wide variety of topics and gives a great presentation. One of the best public speakers I have seen. A must listen.

Website: http://mikeresnick.com/

Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Mike-Resnick/e/B000AP85HK

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Resnick

ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?Mike_Resnick


Pulp Crazy – The Man From The Atom by G. Peyton Wertenbaker


In this weeks episode I will be discussing “The Man From the Atom” by G. Peyton Wertenbaker. This short story was published in two parts in the April and May 1926 issues of Amazing Stories, which were the first two issues of the magazine. This is a science fiction story starring Kirby, he works for Professor Martyn testing out experiments for him. In this instance the Professor has invented a device that allows someone to alter their size at the press of a button.


Read Part One in PDF at the Pulp Magazines Project: http://pulpmags.org/PDFs/Amazing%20Stories%20April%201926.pdf

Read Part Two in PDF at the Pulp Magazines Project: http://pulpmags.org/PDFs/Amazing%20Stories%20May%201926.pdf

Read the issues in Flip Book Format at the Pulp Magazines Project: http://pulpmags.org/amazing%20stories_page.html

G. Peyton Wertenbaker

ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?620

FictionMags Index: http://www.philsp.com/homeville/fmi/s4117.htm

Science Fiction Encyclopedia: http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/wertenbaker_g_peyton

Pulpfest 2012 – John W. Campbell & The Golden Age of Science Fiction


Ed Hulse and Garyn Roberts discuss John W. Campbell and his influence on the Golden Age of Science Fiction.


Ed Hulse: http://muraniapress.com

Garyn Roberts at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/krad9h8



Pulp Crazy – Marooned Under the Sea by Paul Ernst


Paul Ernst’s 1930 science fiction – lost race story “Marooned Under the Sea” is discussed. It first appeared in the September 1930 issue of Astounding Stories of Super Science.


“Marooned Under the Sea” eBook: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/29255

“Marooned Under the Sea” Audio Book: http://librivox.org/astounding-stories-of-super-science-sept-1930/

Paul Ernst: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Ernst_(writer)
H.W. Wessolowki: http://www.pulpartists.com/Wesso.html