Missing Link, by the Author of DUNE, Herbert Frank, SF Audiobook, Science Fiction
Cover Illustration by Frank R. Paul
By Fred Seibert on 1939-06-01 00:00:00
Ever because the initial humans turned their eyes to the heavens and wondered who or what may share the vast universe with them, mankind has been fascinated with the question of life on other worlds. Despite the fact that in current years scientists have expended considerable sources to answer the query when and for all, science fiction writers have traditionally led the way in positing the state of life beyond our personal little planet.
Although several credit Jules Verne with being the “father” of science fiction and there is no doubt that his contribution was significant, via books like 20,000 Leagues Below the Sea (1869), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), and The Mysterious Island (1875), that does not mean that he was the initial to venture into that milieu. The very first recognized scifi story appears to be True History, an account of a fascinating journey that consists of a trip to the Moon and a war between the King of the Moon and the King of the Sun, every single side employing vast armies, such as the Puppycorns, ‘five thousand dog faced men who fight on the back of winged acorns,’ cloud centaurs, and warriors who use mushrooms for shields and asparagus stalks for spears.
The rest of the story – written in the second century CE by Lucian of Samosata – recounts equally bizarre adventures on Earth, which includes the discovery of an whole city in the belly of an huge whale “completely 1 hundred and fifty miles long.” Travel to the moon was also a element of the now-lost story entitled Of the Wonderful Items Beyond Thule, by Antonius Diogenes, which was roughly modern with Accurate History. Of course, some would recommend that the Book of Revelations, with its descriptions of a massive apocalypse and “wheels within wheels is a proto-science fiction text. But that is a controversy greater left on the table for now.
As for science fiction writing, the floodgates genuinely opened in the 1920s, with the publication of the pulp magazines. Cheaply printed on wood-pulp paper, these publications supplied quick paced, outrageous fiction to a public hungry for adventure. Of all the genres covered by these dime novels, none was more common than science fiction, which could transport the reader across time and space for the bargain cost of ten cents. Edgar Rice Burroughs explored Mars and Venus in the pages of his John Carter and his Carson of Venus stories, Paul Ernst took us to the ‘Red Hell of Jupiter,’ whilst Murray Leinster revealed the secret of the ‘Pipeline to Pluto,’ to name just a handful of.
But scifi writers weren’t confined to the nine planets that make up our home solar system. The very best of them felt free to generate strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go exactly where no writer had gone ahead of.
Foremost amongst these who saw the universe as their playground was prolific fictioneer L. Ron Hubbard, who, despite the fact that he wrote in practically each and every pulp genre imaginable, is specifically remembered for his classic tales of science fiction. One particular of Hubbard’s most intriguing and thought-provoking tales, ‘The Fantastic Secret,’ tells the story of Fanner Marston, an explorer on a far-flung planet who has gambled every thing to discover The Great Secret that he believes will make him the ruler of the universe. Of course, the problem with a secret is that you cannot know what it is till it really is revealed, and then it is also late.
Hubbard returned to the theme of interplanetary travel and life on other worlds again and once more. In ‘A Matter of Matter,’ Chuck Lambert does not want to discover a new planet, he wants to acquire one. However, he swiftly discovers that crooked genuine estate dealers exist everywhere, and that his new acquire isn’t all it was cracked up to be. ‘The Planet Makers’ tells the story of a terra forming crew operating on a world set for colonization, and the sabotage efforts that threaten to derail their project permanently.
All of these tales, and so many other people, show Hubbards outstanding talent with language and depth of characterization. Far from getting mere fantasy stories, Hubbard breathes life into every single and each and every 1 of his characters, proving that, no matter how far from property they may possibly be, men and women are men and women wherever and anytime they are.
Now, years following their initial publication, these stories from the golden age are accessible online as audio books on cd’s.
Science fiction fans will covet the many stories in that genre, but never miss Hubbards Westerns, air adventures, jungle epics, tales from the Orient, and all the rest as well. If you want to make certain receipt of every and each and every volume, Galaxy provides a practical subscription service. Truly, this is the very best of occasions for pulp fiction fans!
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