pulp science fiction n.

science fiction published in the pulp magazines of the early–mid twentieth century; later science fiction reminiscent of such writing

Also in form pulp SF.

SF Criticism

  • 1948 A. H. Rapp Flaming Fans in Chronoscope Autumn 29

    Immediately arises the question, how did the superb craftsmanship and delicate enchantment of current pulp science fiction arise from the earlier sagas of stereotyped characters dwindling into atomic-sized universes amid plots packed with improbably lush coincidence?

  • 1948 W. Kaempffert Science in Review in N.Y. Times 11 July e11/6

    So far as this department knows, the writers of pulp science fiction have not exploited the carnivorous powers of the sea anemone, a gorgeously colored marine mammal grouped with the corals as Zoantharia, which means ‘animal flowers’.

  • 1951 ‘H. H. Holmes’ Rocket to Morgue 171 Anthony Boucher

    The causes were two: directly, my acquaintance with the Mañana Literary Society, which existed in fact precisely (aside from murders) as it is depicted in this book; indirectly, the fact that pulp science fiction had, at that time, just reached maturity both in thinking and in writing and was at a fine ripe stage to make converts easily.

  • 1972 ‘L. del Rey’ in Fantasy & Science Fiction Apr. 73/1

    Yet he never sneered at honest pulp science fiction.

  • 1975 A. Budrys in Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov. 52/2 Algis Budrys

    That is to repudiate pulp SF entirely, and launch oneself full-blown from the brow of (rarely) Wells, (usually) Huxley, and (increasingly) Lewis (C. S., not Sinclair).

  • 1976 A. Budrys in Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan. 23/2 Algis Budrys

    Otherwise, in a rather short time everything we ‘know’ about pulp SF will be secondhand inferences and adumbrations by earnest, painstaking, unempathetic, style-deaf, obtuse people.

  • 1976 A. Panshin & C. Panshin SF in Dimension 307 Alexei Panshin Cory Panshin

    Crude, vigorous and imaginative magazine stories from one of the star writers of Thirties pulp science fiction.

  • 1989 L. Sutin Divine Invasions 88

    There could be no more dyed-in-the-wool veteran of the pulp SF wars than Wollheim.

  • 1989 A. Panshin & C. Panshin World beyond Hill 143 Alexei Panshin Cory Panshin bibliography

    With utopian plausibility denied to it, this American pulp SF of the Teens became highly imaginative.


Research requirements

antedating 1948

Earliest cite

in the New York Times

Research History
Matthew Hoyt submitted a 1989 cite from Lawrence Sutin's "Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick".
Cory Panshin submitted a 1989 cite from Alexei and Cory Panshin's "The World Beyond the Hill".
Cory Panshin submitted a 1976 cite from Alexei and Cory Panshin's "SF in Dimension".
Cory Panshin submitted a 1976 cite from Alexei and Cory Panshin's book review column in F & SF.
Cory Panshin submitted a January 1976 cite from Algis Budrys' book review column in F&SF.
Cory Panshin submitted a 1972 cite for the form "pulp science fiction" from Lester del Rey's article "The Hand at Issue".
Cory Panshin submitted a 1975 cite from Algis Budrys' Books column in F&SF.
Sue Surova submitted a 1959 cite from a letter printed in Robert Heinlein's "Grumbles From the Grave".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1949 cite from Arthur H. Rapp (quoted in a review of the Autumn 1948 issue of Chronoscope) in Thrilling Wonder Stories; Alistair Durie verified the cite in Chronoscope.
Bill Mullins submitted a 1948 cite from the New York Times.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1975 cite from the afterword to a reprint of Anthony Boucher's "Rocket to the Morgue" (originally published as by H.H. Holmes).

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