Monday, July 24, 2017

Review of Astounding Frontiers by the Leader of the #PulpRev

Jeffro Johnson, who more or less created the Pulp Revolution with Appendix N, has reviewed Astounding Frontiers #1.

His review goes story by story. The review is here. But the part that amuses me....
“According to Culture” by Declan Finn — Russell Newquist has argued that Dwayne Johnson aka “The Rock” really the living embodiment of what pulp is all about. And I can sort of see that. I mean, pulp puts entertainment first. It’s got a lot of action. It is not the fiction of people that are going out of their way to be uber-serious or to be taken seriously. But the sort of camp and snarkiness he projects is, in my opinion, more in line with the silver age than anything I see in “real” pulp. And Finn’s piece is definitely closer in spirit to contemporary concepts of the action genre than, say, A. Merritt or Edgar Rice Burroughs. This is in fact Liam Neeson’s “Taken” in space! And to his credit, Declan Finn does not pull any punches. His description of the imperial capital was I thought reminiscent of the sort of prose in Jack Williamson’s Legion of Space. And like Larry Correia’s Hard Magic, this tale pulls off a prefect false denouement that segues into a final round where the combatants pull out all the stops. This is a really strong piece! And I think it is even better because it deals with real ideas and real political questions rather than trying to produce a neutral work that pretends that all of that sort of thing necessarily falls under the domain of “message”. (It doesn’t!)
Heh.  Yeah. Jeffro caught me. In fact, the original document title? "Taken.doc."

Because I'm subtle.  Heh.

Pick up AF #1 here.

Illegitimi non carborundum.

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