Post by John Geoffrey
Does anyone have some recommendations for good books about pulp
magazines? I seem to have some issues finding good overview works.
I would be especially interested in the early history of Science Fiction
For a good SF history, look for Mike Ashley's "The Time Machines: The
Story of the Science-Fiction Pulp Magazines from the Beginning to 1950."
It's the first of four books. Book two is "Transformations: The Story of
the Science Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970" and book three is
"Gateways to Forever: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from
1970 to 1980." He was working on finishing up the fourth book last
spring, but I haven't heard of a publication date yet.
As for non-SF specific books, you can't go wrong with Don Hutchison's
"The Great Pulp Heroes" (covering the hero pulps) and Ron Goulart's
"Cheap Thrills" (a broader history of the pulps).
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