20/04/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
In the same year that Superman was introduced and radio reports of aliens starting a War of the Worlds induced panic across America, a small group of publishers and famous authors also shook the world: they created what was to become known as the Golden Age of Science Fiction which laid the groundwork for Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the Star Wars saga.
Seventy years later, the Golden Age is again being celebrated, enabling readers to explore the largest series of multiple-genre, pulp fiction novels ever written by a single author - Stories from the Golden Age published by Los Angeles-based Galaxy Press. The series will include eighty titles with their original artwork.
It was 1938 when the top brass of the New York publishing company Street & Smith asked two of the most established top-line adventure writers of the day, Arthur J. Burkes and L. Ron Hubbard, to begin writing a new kind of science fiction story where people, not machines or gadgets were central to the story. They were introduced to now-legendary editor John W. Campbell, Jr., publisher of Astounding Science Fiction.
"We have embarked upon an ambitious six-year plan to republish all the stories written by Hubbard during the Golden Age because people love good stories," said John Goodwin, president of Galaxy Press. "Those earlier works from the 30s and 40s written by Mr. Hubbard and his peers still inspire readers and serve as the source for huge adventure, science fiction, and fantasy epics today."
According to Galaxy Press, their first five books will be released later in 2008 and they will continue to roll out twelve books per year until all eighty books in their Golden Age Stories have been released.
"World War II spelled the end to many of the pulps due to paper shortages and because top-line writers like Mr. Hubbard enlisted to help their country," said Goodwin. "The pulps never fully regained their full pre-war stature as people sought entertainment from a new story-telling format - television and the cinema."
More over at http://www.goldenagestories.com
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