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Pulp Librarian @PulpLibrarian A pulp library of the mind

Curator of the art, history and fiction of things we once discarded. No work shown is my own: it's all on the web somewhere. See my pinned tweet for details.

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@BeigeShiba @Fletchervand I may do a thread on the Hard Problem of consciousness in pulp lit in a few weeks..Whatever the answer to Fermi’s paradox, lets try and avoid the Singularity: a self-aware AI robot that upgrades its… https://t.co/Rmw7kwVAiSPerhaps alien life finds the rest of the universe dull and prefers to live in cyberspace instead. Or we could be in… https://t.co/ooc5fQLy7OAliens could think much faster or slower than us, making communication difficult. In Dragon’s Egg by Robert L Forwa… https://t.co/r2bJ0CqDDqOf course Earth could be in a galactic backwater where ‘intelligent’ life is actually pretty dumb. A Fire Upon The… https://t.co/w60AY7Oic5Many novels involve aliens secretly watching and judging us: in Robert A Heinlein’s Have Space Suit Will Travel (19… https://t.co/imTaoWxcXZIn Greg Eagle’s novel Quarantine (1992) aliens surround Earth in a force field to prevent us harming others, whilst… https://t.co/3N0y2O6vomSome books suggest aliens avoid contact with some planets until they become more mature. The Small, Still Voice of… https://t.co/KTzR0PFvzZAnother Stanislaw Lem novel, Fiasco (1986), is about alien life that simply refuses to communicate with us - despit… https://t.co/3FlxCLFZ3qStanislaw Lem explored the problem of communication with alien life in many of his novels. Solaris (1961) is a plan… https://t.co/wymAZhxXytWe may also be unable to detect alien life because it’s so alien: it may communicate in ways we cannot comprehend l… https://t.co/Abb6OM43IkAssuming no Great Filter is insurmountable, we may be blind to alien life because it’s just too far away. In C. J.… https://t.co/8kCxUOWe3VQuatermass And The Pit by Nigel Kneale (1959) is about another Great Filter: the idea that advanced intelligent lif… https://t.co/uKH2FVe0NdMore worryingly the Great Filter may be ahead of us: there’s something that prevents most intelligent life ever rea… https://t.co/ALN2DrYVlUThe Great Filter could mean we’re the first, or even only, intelligent life so far in the universe. In Ursula K LeG… https://t.co/twMbcTF804There may be many Great Filters to intelligent life, so the odds of getting there are slim - evolution doesn’t care… https://t.co/QwgfxDlVJZOne theory involves the Great Filter: there are stages in the evolution of life that are very hard to pass through.… https://t.co/kUvKuNX0IwAnswers to the Drake equation vary, depending on the probabilities you assume. But arguments about the Fermi parado… https://t.co/4n9XqblDUqFrank Drake built on this in 1961. The Drake equation examined the probabilities of how many stars and planets coul… https://t.co/5T2xq0PkJBIn 1950 Physicists Enrico Fermi and Michael Hart were chatting in the Los Alamos canteen when the topic turned to U… https://t.co/6Z5EO6Vkrb“Space is big. Really big,” as Douglas Adams observed. So why haven’t we seen any alien life yet? Odds are a big… https://t.co/ntKkMboEuW
2/21
2019
Current mood... https://t.co/3xEeoEj6B2Don't be this guy. His life is seriously weird... https://t.co/QuEZdeLeKKJust time for a quick look at the papers... https://t.co/Zw7tzj9igz @ultraaviolettas Here you go... https://t.co/YdaXZYeviU @missannabiller That explains it! I typed this in only the other day... https://t.co/6sDIzTNwBoOK, I think I've made myself less sensitive now... fingers crossed! https://t.co/SWt1tcJeVyQuick Q: on my phone all my tweets are coming up as 'contains sensitive media.' Now I'm a person, but is Twitter d… https://t.co/0fJIkKaeB1 @usablelearning I'm getting that too! Not sure why, I can't seem to stop it... @pamordaunt Best to write to Playboy...But for now let's relax: there's surely nothing to fear in your house. Except that strange laughter from the attic,… https://t.co/5vre0hMRt1Will the gothic romance make a comeback? It's a remarkably robust and flexible genre that's capable if great depth… https://t.co/r7ebxgUhLrSeveral hundred different gothic romances were published during these boom years, and though the stories were diffe… https://t.co/Kr8p4twWmzSoon Holt, along with Dorothy Eden, Joan Aiken, Marilyn Ross and a host of other authors were leading a gothic revi… https://t.co/xLzi6mgebFMany believed du Maurier had written the book herself. Actually Mistress of Mellyn was penned by prolific British a… https://t.co/AGALHERu71Then in 1960 Mistress of Mellyn, by unknown author Victoria Holt, became an overnight publishing success. The story… https://t.co/ojCshLcqqtGaslight, a 1938 play written by Patrick Hamilton and later made into a film, also effortlessly blended the Noir an… https://t.co/JPu0EpDTKbNoir, like the gothic, has its own tropes and character arcs, but both have characters trapped and often doomed in… https://t.co/DOH3wCmSdRI don't think it's coincidence that Rebecca was a success at around the same time that another pulp genre - the noi… https://t.co/4FZHAKKjSN“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” The manipulative first Mrs de Winter haunts the novel and the hous… https://t.co/5Wylf6LMRmBut in 1938 all that changed: the gothic received a hefty jolt of life when Daphne du Maurier published her novel R… https://t.co/YIPjbfEJ3DWhilst the supernatural gothic turned towards vampires and etheric creatures. Gothic mystery and suspense were in,… https://t.co/iVAKYrDumeThroughout the 19th century psychological and scientific gothic horror began to make its mark: mad creations of man… https://t.co/ywppFp1wUXFrankenstein is a story of great ambition, terror and pity. It is a love story as well as a revenge tragedy. But it… https://t.co/62QHEyuToeThe second gothic branch emerged earlier, and seemed poised to be the more successful. Frankenstein; or The Modern… https://t.co/SZk55SO8AwMany of the Brontë themes recur in subsequent gothic romances: the Byrinic anti-hero, the governess who finds love,… https://t.co/hxZH7xLbVzJane Eyre, published the same year by Charlotte Brontë, is a harrowing story of a heroine treated cruelly by almost… https://t.co/08KumT5l3rWuthering Heights, published in 1847 is an ur-text of the gothic romance genre. Emily Brontë's novel of cruelty and… https://t.co/FPyUTzKUoLBy the 1800s the gothic romance had begun to develop along two distinct paths. One was forged by the Brontë family.… https://t.co/K1GCQ4fayiMatthew Lewis's 1796 novel The Monk took the gothic supernatural to new heights; demonic powers, witchcraft, a Blee… https://t.co/blA3mlFb5TOtranto was a huge success, and was followed by many more gothic tales of love. Ann Radcliffe published The Mysteri… https://t.co/0MxtxhPFUXIsabella of course flees the castle, and her father arrives seeking retribution. But what sets this up as a gothic… https://t.co/Agx9ehMTnGFirstly it has a long pedigree. Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1764) is usually acknowledged as the first… https://t.co/JF4H0YrT4KNew readers start here: what is a gothic romance? Well it's a romance story with strong supernatural themes, all ti… https://t.co/MXibRlLY41Time for our occasional series 'Women with great hair fleeing gothic houses!' And today I present a brief history o… https://t.co/3ERPPZh6JEMore Detective Fiction another day... https://t.co/NtT5NdjglBSilent, but deadly! The Park Avenue Hunt Club. Detective Fiction Weekly, 10 June 1939. https://t.co/FW50l6ZNFOThere's a bit too much of this on #Twitter some days... Detective Fiction Weekly, 22 June 1940. #blamegames https://t.co/6ODjlBjaaJDead ball! Kill The Umpire. Detective Fiction Weekly, 21 August 1937. https://t.co/KQzjNIFEZrHow many times have I told you? DON'T fondle the Crystal Ball of Death! Detective Fiction Weekly, 3 August 1940. https://t.co/bh7dGdX2za"Throw the book at him!" Crime Goes To College. Detective Fiction Weekly, 6 July 1940 https://t.co/lYvMcNwmiWThe Camera Kills. Detective Fiction Weekly, 31 July 1937. https://t.co/Sy6zhQOqGaDeath To A Tenor, by Fred MacIsaac. Detective Fiction Weekly, 20 April 1935. https://t.co/fmyzXg52czDeath Rides The Wires, by John K Butler. Detective Fiction Weekly, 20 November 1937. https://t.co/mm9XRSkBxCShall we do some Detective Fiction Weekly covers? I think we should... https://t.co/p7P7NbS7w9Guess who's back, back again. Pulpy's back, tell a friend... https://t.co/QF13QPFzb6
2/20
2019
...but pretty soon I'll be like this!* (*except with a G&T and a book by Gide) https://t.co/4nlkclDlTnCurrently I'm feeling like this... https://t.co/iOyJiYG0pVNo tweets for a bit folks as I'm feeling unwell. After popping my shoulder out before Xmas I'm now tapering off the… https://t.co/Hgd37XDtdF
2/13
2019
...And I'll blast back into action on Wednesday! https://t.co/hsLgiGws7GSo no tweets tomorrow, as I take some medicine to make it better... https://t.co/L60WZt9LSFSorry for the light tweeting today: my shoulder' s playing up... https://t.co/PC78ocS3PeThe City and Design / The Wonders of Life on Earth - Isamu Kurita (1966) Designed by Tadanori Yokoo. #Japan #PopArt https://t.co/ninDezq1tGFile under #tallgirlproblems... La Corte Degli Automi, by Frederik Pohl and Cyril M Kornbluth. I Romanzi Del Cosmo… https://t.co/x18SKwU1KJ"Cat Woman Defeated" #Batman trading card (Black Bat series) from Topps, 1966. Art by Norman Saunders. https://t.co/1eqiVvozWkA Pub, A Pint and a Song* by Kim Cordell. Parlophone Records, 1966. (*later reissued as "A Fight, a Spew and an Ub… https://t.co/8yCUMFZ7wPI think she knows she's in the wrong film... Italian poster for Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150AD (1966) #DoctorWho https://t.co/0937FgVuBF"No sir, they're called mankles..." (1966) #mondaymotivation https://t.co/8iMudgwRSxNow come on, did you ask ALL of Herman's Hermits? "Talent For Loving." Career Girl Romances, January 1966. https://t.co/ls907XZu4fToday in pulp... 1966 and all that! https://t.co/pggtEmYK5GToday's #MondayMotivation soundtrack is... https://t.co/Akr0rgwNz2
2/11
2019
A teaser for my upcoming gothic romance gamebook "The Fires of Mandrake Hall" - Autumn 2019... https://t.co/rg79XjXjFw(Pulp bonus: Frank Frazetta's reimagined Flash Gordon from 1976...) https://t.co/UKrxb2mpLLFrank Frazetta passed away in 2010. He remains one of the most influential commercial artists of the 20th Century.… https://t.co/KHFll3Csy5The range of artists Frazetta inspired is huge, and his output was incredible. It's almost impossible to imagine th… https://t.co/HVPz2k7dHXFor example in 2012 an original Conan painting was sold for $1 million; six years later Frazetta's Death Dealer wen… https://t.co/jdwfXAiEVXThe Frank Frazettra fan club was set up in 1969, and by 1992 original Frazetta artworks were being sold for huge su… https://t.co/mFvjms3WVEFrom that point on Frazetta was in demand: Edgar Rice Burroughs was another series of books that were a perfect mat… https://t.co/EK7ahKK3wYLancer Books were republishing Robert E. Howard's Conan stories from the 1930s, and asked Frazetta to design the co… https://t.co/iywWCJUEIyFrazetta would go on to create a range of movie posters over the years, but as well as posters he was beginning to… https://t.co/HKKQhhVT3kIn 1964 Frazetta's career took another turn: United Artists had been impressed by a Ringo Starr spoof Frazetta had… https://t.co/XRtsiFJ8XXHe was then approached by Am Call to work on his Li'l Abner strip, as well as working with Dan Barry on Flash Gordo… https://t.co/ENnR0Etuw5And by the early 1950s Frazetta was working for a range of publishers: EC Comics, National Comics, Avon Comics, and… https://t.co/9WJCRxg0lEFrazetra began working as a comic illustrator at the age of 16, initially for Bernard Baily, before moving on to St… https://t.co/pwcqDeBM6qAged eight Frazetta was enrolled in the Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Michael Falanga. He lat… https://t.co/Qxu1XUyrIfBorn in Brooklyn in 1928 Frank Frazzetta (with two Zs) showed amazing talent even at an early age: his kindergarten… https://t.co/TWmzXV8aOVTime for our regular series The A-Z of Pulp. Today we reach the letter F... for Frank Frazetta! https://t.co/xbJ4puiBmK
2/10
2019
Just time for a quick look at the papers... https://t.co/NSGpNcB7iJMore Dragons another day... https://t.co/o0jvjtBtLoKieth Parkinson's cover art for Dragon Magazine #137, September 1988. https://t.co/54hLnafW8l
2/9
2019

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