Sunday, February 27, 2005

Halcyon : New Bloomington-based pulp SF magazine

There was a front-page article about this in the Friday Herald-Times. A Bloomington "history buff" named Derek Kagemann is editing and publishing a 99-cent pulp magazine named Halcyon. You can buy copies at several local retailers.

As it said in the H-T:

Science fiction exists in abundance, just not the kind Kagemann wants to do.

Pulp science fiction harks back to the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Writing by H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard exemplifies the style: good meets evil, and good typically ends up the victor.

The writing is focused on storytelling, with heroes that are simple, explains Richard J. Maloney, whose 5,000-word "The Black Sands Acquisition Company" appears in Halcyon.

The heroes "are easy to identify and easy to root for," said Maloney, 19, an IU English and history major.

P.S. The Herald-Times has a website, but you can't read articles unless you subscribe for $6 a month.


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