Archive for the ‘Hugo Awards’ Category

Here’s what you learn when you read about pulp fiction:

1. The Hugo Awards are named after Hugo Gernsback who was the publisher of several science fiction pulp magazines. From the Hugo Award site itself:

Why are they called Hugos?

The Hugo Awards are named after Hugo Gernsback, a famous magazine editor who did much to bring science fiction to a wider audience. Gernsback founded Amazing Stories, the first major American SF magazine, in 1926. He is widely credited with sparking a boom in interest in written SF. In addition to having the Hugo Awards named after him he has been recognized as the “Father of Magazine SF” and has a crater on the Moon named after him.

2. The illustrator, Earle Bergey was the ‘inventor of the brass brassiere’, as shown in the cover of Startling Stories.BrassBrassiere

3. You get to read this kind of prose: “Tony’s admiring eyes swept over the ivory columns of her legs and the gracious swell of her young hips.” These were written by Noel Barrow in his story His Midnight Moll as published in Snappy Detective Mysteries.

The-Classic-Era-of-American-Pulp-Magazines-9781556523892So, if you’d like to learn more about pulp fiction of the 1920s to 1950s, I highly recommend you read Classic Era of American Pulp Magazine. Who knows what interesting bits of trivia you might unearth.


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