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Pulp Crazy – Black Destroyer by A.E. Van Vogt


In this episode I discuss “Black Destroyer” by A.E. Van Vogt. The story first appeared in the July 1939 issue of Astounding Science Fiction and features the first appearance of Coeurl. Many believe this story ushered in the Golden Age of Science Fiction and is a strong influence on Ridley Scott’s “Alien”. Coeurl, the main antagonist still receives a lot of exposure today thanks to role playing games such as Final Fantasy, Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder.


Read “Black Destroyer” via eText: http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/0743498747/0743498747___5.htm

Read “Black Destroyer” via various formats: http://tinyurl.com/l2qsp9l

Read “Black Destroyer” via pdf: http://www.digital-eel.com/blog/library/Black_Destroyer.pdf

Baen Books: http://www.baen.com/

A.E. Van Vogt: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._E._van_Vogt

Frank Kramer @Pulp Artists: http://www.pulpartists.com/Kramer.html

Coeurl: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coeurl

Pulpfest: http://pulpfest.com


Pulp Crazy – Who Goes There? By John W. Campbell

In this episode, “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell is discussed. It is the inspiration for Howard Hawks’ “The Thing From Another World” and John Carpenter’s “The Thing”. It originally appeared in the August 1938 issue of Astounding Science Fiction.


Who Goes There? Flip Book from the Pulp Magazines Project: http://www.pulpmags.org/PDFs/AS_1938_08/index.html
Who Goes There? PDF from the Pulp Magazines Project: http://www.pulpmags.org/PDFs/AS_1938_08.pdf

John W. Campbell: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_W._Campbell

Ed Hulse and Garyn Roberts discuss John W. Campbell at Pulpfest 2012: http://thebookcave.libsyn.com/panel-fest-episode-3-pulp-fest-at-the-newstand-with-hulse-and-roberts

John W. Campbell at SF Site: http://www.sfsite.com/02b/jc170.htm

John W. Campbell at Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/campbell_john_w_jr

Astounding Stories at the Pulp Magazines Project: http://www.pulpmags.org/database_pages/astounding_stories.html

Astounding Stories PDF Issues at the Pulp Magazines Project: http://www.pulpmags.org/astounding_stories_page.html

Pulpfest: http://pulpfest.com