13th World SF Convention

More Rooms at the Hyatt!

July 11, 2014 / 0 comments

With demand for rooms at the Hyatt Regency Columbus very strong, our host hotel has increased the convention’s block of rooms and decided to extend the special PulpFest nightly room rate of $114 plus tax. This rate includes free wi-fi, a complimentary parking pass with in-out privileges, and superb views of downtown Columbus or Ohio State’s scenic campus from…

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The Avenger Turns 75

July 22, 2014 / 0 comments

Seventy-five years ago, Astounding Science Fiction published the first science-fiction stories of Robert E. Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon, and A. E. Van Vogt, as well as Isaac Asimov’s first story for the magazine. The year also witnessed a blossoming of magazine science fiction and fantasy with eight new pulps entering the field. The first World Science Fiction Convention…

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The Aristocrat of the Pulps

July 21, 2014 / 0 comments

In a letter published in “The Readers’ Viewpoint” column in its June 1948 issue, Robert Boyer labeled Famous Fantastic Mysteries as “. . . the Aristocrat of the Pulps, the acme of stf perfection,” a title that can likewise be conferred upon the magazine’s later companions, Fantastic Novels and A. Merritt’s Fantasy Magazine. Started by…

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Remembering Frank M. Robinson

July 20, 2014 / 0 comments

On June 30, 2014, the pulp community not only lost a great collector, but even more so, a great friend. Frank M. Robinson was 87 years old at the time of his passing. A science-fiction and thriller writer, editor, speech writer for gay activist Harvey Milk, and a movie actor, Frank was known in the pulp…

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Riding the Pulp Trail

Laurie’s Wild West at Ohio State

July 19, 2014 / 0 comments

Ohio State University’s Thompson Library will again be hosting a lecture by a prominent pulp authority in conjunction with the start of this year’s PulpFest. Laurie Powers, the granddaughter of author Paul S. Powers, will be discussing her grandfather’s life and work. The editor and co-author of Pulp Writer: Twenty Years in the American Grub Street, an autobiography and appreciation…

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The Last Fictioneer: Frank Schildiner

July 18, 2014 / 0 comments

Closing out our 2014 New Fictioneer programming will be Frank Schildiner. A pulp fan since reading Philip José Farmer’s Tarzan Alive, Frank is a martial arts instructor from New Jersey. He will be reading from from his forthcoming Thunder Jim Wade novella and one of his pieces for Black Coat’s Tales of the Shadowmen on Saturday, August 9th, at 3 PM. Frank has…

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The Beard Returns to PulpFest

July 17, 2014 / 0 comments

Jim Beard was introduced to comic books by his father, who passed on to him a love for the medium and the pulp characters that preceded it. After decades of reading, collecting, and dissecting comics, Jim became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since then, he’s written stories…

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The Fun of Writing Pulp Fiction

July 16, 2014 / 0 comments

Writing can be a lonely business, but it can also be fun. On Saturday, August 9th, at 1 PM, writer, editor-in-chief of Airship 27, and two-time Pulp Factory Award winner Ron Fortier and five contemporary authors will chat about the pleasure and enjoyment they’ve experienced as writers of the new and exciting genre known as “New Pulp.” Winner…

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Cagliostro Chronicles

New Fictioneer, Ralph Angelo

July 15, 2014 / 0 comments

They were called scribes, word slingers, hacks, and penny-a-worders. But perhaps the most favored term, especially among the men and women who labored for the bloody pulps, was fictioneer or, more specifically, a fiction writer, particularly a prolific creator of commercial or pulp fiction. Join PulpFest as we celebrate today’s fictioneers—the authors writing the new pulp fiction—the New Fictioneers! On…

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Voyage to Strange Days with Christopher Paul Carey

July 14, 2014 / 0 comments

Join Christopher Paul Carey on Friday, August 8th, at 2:30 PM as he reads from “The Goddess Equation,” part of our New Fictioneers programming. Set in the 23rd century of Philip José Farmer’s early tales “Some Fabulous Yonder,” “Strange Compulsion,” and Night of Light, Carey’s story appears in the new Meteor House anthology, The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 4: Voyages…

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The Adventures of Dick Enos!

July 12, 2014 / 0 comments

Author Dick Enos, creator of The Adventures of Rick Steele, learned how to read from the man in the blue suit and the “S” on his chest. Soon he was devouring science fiction by Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and “Doc” Smith and detective yarns from Lawrence Block, Ian Fleming, and Mickey Spillane. When he discovered…

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