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June 7, 2021

June Newsletter

"We gotta get outta this place..." (Eric Burden and the Animals)
"To boldly go where no one has gone before...." (Star Trek)

Yep, it's Sci-Fi Summer! You'll find us somewhere out there on the Space-Time Continuum. Our SALE books will give you a few clues as to where/when we are, but don't be upset if we're "not there..." (The Hollies)
(Yes, we're experiencing a 1960s flashback in our little corner of the Space-Time Continuum.)

But before we go hang out in a galaxy far, far away, here are a couple of books we produced last month we particularly like:
The Werewolf Snarls and Other Stories by Manly Wade Wellman
Nine early horror stories from Manly Wade Wellman including his first published story Back To The Beast (1927), and his memorial tribute on the passing of H.P. Lovecraft, The Terrible Parchment (1937).
Another ebook we've just finished is The Masked Woman by Johnston McCulley.
The Masked Woman by Johnston McCulley – Professor James Xenophon Salwick, holding the chair of physics in the university, and an authority on anthropology decides that he wishes to leave the groves of academia and has determined to become a professional criminal.

By happenstance, he jumps into the middle of a gang fight and is rescued by the (soon to be) infamous masked woman, Madam Madcap, “one of those clever Continental women of whom I have read.”

You might remember McCulley as the creator of the character Zorro, the masked avenger.
Dare we tell you about The Eye of Balamok by Victor Rousseau?
The Eye of Balamok by Victor Rousseau – Dying of thirst in the Great Victoria Desert of Australia, a man finds a small hut built of stone next to a small fresh water spring. Inside the hut he finds a manuscript from an earlier traveler.
The Eye of Balamok – Over the rim of hell he went, wanderlust-driven into a land more strange than his mad dreams. . . .
SO here are some clues as where we might be in this Sci-Fi Summer:

On Sale This Month.

Encounters – Four Stories by Arthur C. Clarke of encounters with the Other

At The End Of Orbit (1961) – He was asleep, and dreaming his inevitable painful dream. A four chapter novelette.

If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth… (1951) – He had long wondered what lay outside; and now, Marvin’s father was taking him on the long-awaited trip…

Guardian Angel (1950) – Earth’s cities lay in the shadow of alien spaceships, watched over by a benevolent Overlord who never revealed himself. Perhaps because . . . A five chapter novelette.

Encounter In The Dawn (1950) – At the rim of the Milky Way
The New Adam by Stanley G. Weinbaum – Edmond was to man as man is to the apes, but there was only man’s world in which to live— and love!

How does a man who has evolved, live and love in this world? And as Homo Sapiens replaced Cro-Magnon, will he replace us?
Hollywood On The Moon by Henry Kuttner features Tony Quade, ace cameraman for Nine Planets Films, Inc., as he travels throughout the Solar System in order to film some of the biggest movies ever made. Surrounded by stars and moguls he has a glamorous lifestyle and a brilliant career as long as he doesn’t get eaten by one of the monsters he encounters during his productions.
The Skylark Trilogy by E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith
The classic Skylark Trilogy by E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith is widely regarded as the first interstellar and intergalactic space opera series.

The Skylark of Space (1928) was first published in Amazing Stories in 1928. While there are earlier stories about space travel, it is the first novel about interstellar travel and is considered the first “space opera” book.

Skylark Three (1930) by E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith is the second book of the classic Skylark trilogy. Skylark Three is “the tale of the galactic cruise which ushered in Universal Civilization.”

The Skylark of Valeron (1934-5) brings to a conclusion the classic Skylark trilogy by E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith. While DuQuesne has survived to become Master of the Earth, the Seatons and the Cranes must run for their lives into the fourth dimension— from which none have ever returned.
STARK – Man Without a Tribe by Leigh Brackett
Eric John Stark was born on Mercury to miners who died in a cave-in. He was brought up by Mercurian aborigines and given the name N’Chaka, meaning “the man without a tribe”. Stark grew up to become a wanderer, a warrior, a rebel, and — a legend.

Queen of the Martian Catacombs (1949) – Gaunt giant and passionate beauty, they dragged their thirst-crazed way across the endless crimson sands in a terrible test of endurance. For one of them knew where cool life-giving water lapped old stones smooth—a place of secret horror that it was death to reveal!

Enchantress Of Venus (1949) – Laughing, she cast him down into the hideous depths, beneath the seas of flaming gas, to where dead blossoms swayed, whispering, over strangely jumbled rains . . . But there he found the secret of her power, and came surging back—up from the depths, up from the seas, the tortured swamps to storm her forbidding shrine and seek her within, death like a gift in his hands . . .

Black Amazon of Mars (1951) – Grimly Eric John Stark slogged toward that ancient Martian city—with every step he cursed the talisman of Ban Cruach that flamed in his blood-stained belt. Behind him screamed the hordes of Ciaran, hungering for that magic jewel—ahead lay the dread abode of the Ice Creatures—at his side stalked the whispering spectre of Ban Cruach, urging him on to a battle Stark knew he must lose!
Outlaw World by Edmond Hamilton – On the trail of malevolent space pirates, Captain Future (Curt Newton) and the Futuremen combat the evil machinations of the Uranian Ru Ghur, who plans the total destruction of the Universe!
So come by The Pulp Fiction Book Store. We've got some great stories that might give you a clue as to where/when we are. "Catch us if you can...." (The Dave Clark Five)
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