“We Must Be Prepared For Wonders:” The Revelations That Never Were From…

Most of us are familiar to a limited degree with the story of Dr. David Livingstone (1813-1873): his disappearance, his October, 1871 discovery in Ujiji, Tanzania, by Henry Stanley (1841-1904), and Stanley's greeting to Livingstone: "Dr. Livingstone, I believe?" Even if the latter phrase is a post-facto invention by… » 5/10/11 1:00pm 5/10/11 1:00pm

An introduction to pulp fiction in Europe before 1914

The history of science fiction in America and Great Britain has been the subject of a number of popular and academic studies, and in general is well known, at least among science fiction fans. But the history of European science fiction, defined in this case as the countries of continental Europe, the Scandinavian… » 3/25/11 2:59pm 3/25/11 2:59pm

The Secret Scifi Love Affair Between Almodovar And Spillane

When I was in college, I had two obsessions: art movies and pulp novels. The art movies were everything foreign or indie, from Almodovar to Egoyan to Greenaway. The pulp novels included some science fiction, but also a bunch of Mickey Spillane and Richard Stark. They were opposites, high and low culture, but they… » 2/29/08 2:30pm 2/29/08 2:30pm