Saturday, January 19, 2013

Pulp Science Fiction Under German Totalitarianism - Jess Nevins

"Even during World War I, when the German government attempted to aggressively regulate and censor the pulp press, pulp SF appeared, both as ongoing series and as recurring concepts and themes in non-SF pulps. Two of the more popular science fiction pulps were the anonymously-written Hans Stark, Der Fliegerteufel #1-30 (1914), about a German teenager who uses a high-tech submersible plane to fight evil. And the anonymously-written Detektiv John Spurlock #1-36 (1915), whose star fights an invasion of H.G. Wells' Martians and discovers the formula that turned Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde." 4.5 out of 5