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June 30, 2023

Fighting for Liberty in the Pulps

The heyday of the pulp fiction magazines was the period from about 1920 to the mid 1950s. We're talking about the time from post World War I, through World War II and into the Cold War period of the latter part of the century. War and conflict was a constant backdrop to the stories that the pulp authors wrote, and the fight for freedom and liberty was a very important theme in many stories.

True be told, we haven't done this theme justice. There are a number of authors who wrote specifically about war and and resistance to authoritarianism that we haven't republished yet. There are the sub-genres of Air War and Land Battle that we just haven't delved into. The only exception would be the Foreign Legion writings of Georges Surdez.

Many stories having the theme of a 'fight for liberty' were written as science fiction stories. You can draw parallels and analogies in a science fiction setting that is also entertaining and diversionary from the cold, harsh realities of the daily news. You know your audience can "see what you did there."

This month we celebrate Independence Day. We're putting the Book Store on Sale for the next couple of days in celebration.

Use the code Liberty 2023 thru July 5th for 20% off your entire purchases.

On Sale This Month.

This month we're promoting a few titles that speak to the fight for Independence and Liberty
The Moon Trilogy by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Moon Trilogy is a three-part story that begins with a tale of space travel and reincarnation, becomes a tale of military dictatorship, and ends with a second American Revolution.
This was initially written in response to the Communist takeover of Russia.
We by Yevgeny Zamyation
We (1924) – D-503, a mathematician, lives in the United State, an urban nation with mass surveillance by the secret police, called the Bureau of Guardians. People are referred to as numbers which are assigned by the United State, and every moment of their day is regulated by the Book of Hours. Eating, sleeping, exercise, and even sex is rationed.
This was NOT Joseph Stalin's favorite novel.
Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini
Captain Blood used to be known as Doctor Blood but the cruel and despotic authorities under the usurper King James II, convicted him of treason and sentenced him to slavery in Barbados. After escaping his enslavement he seeks his revenge as the infamous pirate Captain Blood.
The Iron Fist by Jackson Cole
Ranger Jim Hatfield takes on the assignment to clean up a town where the Sheriff is too old and feeble to do so. Along the way he finds that the Marshall is corrupt as sin and is actually the force behind the crimes that plague the citizens of the area.
The Intelligence Gigantic by John Russell Fearn
The Intelligence Gigantic (1933) – With the best of intentions, three scientists come together to make an artificial man with extraordinary artificial intelligence, to run society with efficiency and remove the petty problems people face on a daily basis. However, this artificial man has no soul, no morality, no pity, and no compassion.
Written in 1931, this novel has the perspective of the rise of Fascism in Italy and the rise of Nazism in Germany.
Armageddon 2419 A.D. and The Airlords of Han by Phillip Francis Nowlan
Armageddon 2419 A.D. and The Airlords of Han – Caught in a mining accident in 1927, Anthony “Tony” (Buck) Rogers fell into a state of suspended animation and only came back to consciousness 492 years later. He awakens in a world where Americans are mere back woods gangs “not worth the trouble of subduing” by the ruling Han Airlords. And so the stage is set for the “Second War of Independence.”
We hope you'll find these stories as inspiring as we did. There is no substitute for Freedom and Liberty. These stories make that clear.

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