NASA Celebrates Mars Anniversary with PulpFest

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Aug 072012

Early on August 6th, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration joined PulpFest 2012 in its celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the initial publication of Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ classic adventure story, “Under the Moons of Mars.” At 1:32 AM, eastern time, NASA landed its exploration rover, Curiosity, on the red planet.

The one-ton, six-wheeled laboratory Curiosity is expected to revolutionize our understanding of Mars, as it attempts to gather evidence that the planet is or was capable of fostering life, probably in microbial form. The spacecraft is also expected to pave the way for important leaps in deep-space exploration, including bringing Martian rock or soil back to Earth for detailed analysis and, eventually, human exploration.

Burroughs’ novel, better known under its book title, A Princess of Mars, was originally published in six monthly parts, beginning in February 1912. It first appeared in the Munsey pulp magazine, The All-Story. On Friday evening, August 10th, PulpFest will celebrate the story’s hundredth anniversary with a panel entitled Barsoom and Beyond: Mars in the Pulps.

Will Curiosity discover evidence of long-gone Martian princesses, the sacred River Iss, four-armed green Martian Tharks, and giant white apes? Only time will tell. But for four days, beginning on Thursday evening at 6 PM and running through Sunday afternoon, August 12th, you’ll be able to explore the fantastic imaginings of Edgar Rice Burroughs and much more by joining PulpFest in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

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Jun 102012

Mars, the Red Planet. Edgar Rice Burroughs called it Barsoom and this year marks the 100th anniversary of his "Under the Moons of Mars," originally serialized in Munsey’s The All-Story. But ERB was one of many authors to write about Mars for the pulps. On Friday, August 10th, PulpFest’s Ed Hulse will take a look at several visions of Mars as he moderates a panel called "Barsoom & Beyond: Mars in the Pulps."

Joining Ed will be four expert panelists. Henry G. Franke, III, the editor of The Burroughs Bulletin and treasurer of the Burroughs Bibliophiles, will discuss the Martian novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, including such classics as The Gods of Mars and The Warlord of Mars. Stephen Haffner, publisher of Haffner Press, will be on board for a look at Leigh Brackett’s Mars stories–"Martian Quest," "Sea-Kings of Mars," "Queen of the Martian Catacombs," and other planetary romances. Pulp scholar Will Murray, author of "The All-New Wild Adventures of Doc Savage," will examine The Swordsman of Mars and The Outlaws of Mars, two novels written by Otis Adelbert Kline and originally serialized by Argosy in the early thirties. Finally, Garyn G. Roberts, editor of The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy, is a scholar of the works of the late Ray Bradbury, whose Martian Chronicles began with "The Million Year Picnic" in the Summer 1946 issue of Planet Stories. Garyn was also Ray Bradbury’s friend for thirty years.

In addition to helping to organize PulpFest, panel moderator Ed Hulse is the editor of Blood ‘n’ Thunder, a journal for aficionados of adventure, mystery, and melodrama from the early 20th century, and the publisher of Murania Press books.

The cover art above is by Earle K. Bergey for the Fall 1944 issue of Startling Stories. The scan is from io9 Cover Art.

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John Carter

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Mar 042012

One hundred years ago in March of 1912, readers of Munsey’s The All-Story, were nearing the halfway point of a six-part serial entitled "Under the Moons of Mars," a story credited to Norman Bean. The work of a new fiction writer, Edgar Rice Burroughs, the novel tells the tale of Captain Jack Carter of Virginia, and of his adventures on the planet Mars.

First advertised in the January 1912 issue of The All-Story as "a surprisingly vivid Interplanetary romance," the original pulp version of Burroughs’ novel began with an editor’s note:

At the time of his demise, John Carter was a man of uncertain age and vast experience, honorable and abounding with true fellowship. He stood a good two inches over six feet, was broad of shoulder and narrow of hip, with the carriage of the trained fighting man. His features were regular and clear-cut, his eyes steel gray, reflecting a strong and loyal character. He was a Southerner of the highest type. He had enlisted at the outbreak of the War, fought through the four years and had been honorably discharged. Then for more than a decade he was gone from the sight of his fellows. When he returned he had changed, there was a kind of wistful longing and hopeless misery in his eyes, and he would sit for hours at night, staring up into the starlit heavens.

Thus was the reader of a century ago drawn into the mystery of Captain Jack. In the pages that followed that brief editor’s note and for the five issues thereafter, the readers of The All-Story were told a most wondrous tale, of four-armed Tharks and red-skinned Heliumites, of fantastic airships and many-legged thoats, of  vast dead seas and long-abandoned cities, and of a lost princess and the man from another world who won her heart, all created by a gifted storyteller named Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Now, one-hundred years later, a new audience will be introduced to Captain Jack. In less than a week’s time, Disney’s John Carter will debut in theaters everywhere and another generation will thrill to Burroughs’ imaginings. PulpFest 2012 will be honoring the wonderful creations of Edgar Rice Burroughs beginning on August 9th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Register now for the summer’s great pulp con!

The cover art above is by Clinton Pettee for the April 1912 issue of The All-Story. The scan is from Galactic Central.

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Jan 302012

PulpFest 2012 is now accepting registrations for our August convention. From our Registration page, you’ll be able to download our member and dealer registration forms, including ones that you can fill in and print from your own computer. You can pay for memberships and dealer tables through our Paypal Order page. You’ll also be able to book a room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus at the convention rate of $109 plus tax by visiting our special link to the hotel.

On our Programming page you’ll find our tentative schedule for the 2012 convention when we’ll be celebrating the centennial of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars and the 80th anniversary of Robert E. Howard’s Conan of Cimmeria. You can read more about MIke Resnick, our award-winning guest of honor by turning to the GOH–Mike Resnick page. If you’d like to relive the first three PulpFests, you’ll find reviews, our blogs from previous years, and more. We even have a primer on pulp history!

All this can be found by clicking the buttons along the left side of our home page. And don’t forget, now’s the time to make your nominations for the 2012 Rusty Hevelin Service Award. Please send the name of the person that you’d like to nominate and a short paragraph describing your reasons for your nomination to Mike Chomko, 2217 W. Fairview St., Allentown, PA  18104-6542 or to The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2012.

We look forward to seeing you over the weekend of August 9-12.

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