#6 – Pulp Fiction

#7 – H. P. Lovecraft and Cosmic Horror A Reader's History of Science Fiction

H. P. Lovecraft brought the Gothic horror of the previous century into the modern era with his new genre of cosmic horror, which placed humankind at the mercy of vast and inscrutable alien entities. Despite a tarnished legacy, he is still considered the master of sci-fi-horror and a great influence on the genre ever since. Book recommendation: At the Mountains of Madness.
  1. #7 – H. P. Lovecraft and Cosmic Horror
  2. #6 – Pulp Fiction
  3. #5 – H. G. Wells and the Dawn of Science Fiction
  4. #4 – The Roots of Sci-Fi in Adventure
  5. #3 – The Roots of Sci-Fi in Horror

The hallmark of early science fiction was the pulp magazines, which continued the tradition of larger-than-life adventure stories. Despite the sometimes silly and over-the-top writing style, this was an important step in the development of the genre.

Book recommendation: The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Other books mentioned:
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burrows
Galactic Patrol by E. E. Smith
Armageddon 2419 A.D. by Philip Francis Nowlan

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About Alex R. Howe

I'm a full-time astrophysicist and a part-time science fiction writer.
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