Fancies Archive

Heinlein and the Space Babes

Posted March 9, 2017 By John C Wright

Heinlein’s babes always struck me as at least having a sketchy personality (usually of a fiercely independent redhead eager to hop in bed) but not enough to take them out of the Playboy eye candy category. Please note that this never happened in his juveniles — that editrix Alice Dalgliesh he seemed to carp about […]

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Space Princess Art, Part 4: Planet Stories

Posted March 9, 2017 By John C Wright

Today’s installment concentrates on Planet Stories, which, in my humble opinion, had the most well drawn covers (but not necessarily the best — that honor goes to Astounding Stories).

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Space Princess Art, Part 3: The Dames Strike Back!

Posted March 8, 2017 By John C Wright

This is installment three, which features a lot of dames with guns, or with knives, axes, whips, cutlasses, bagpipes, magic bolts, and, in one case, I think she is shooting the monster with her face.

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Space Princess Art, Part 2: Thugs Grabbing Dames!

Posted March 7, 2017 By John C Wright

This is installment two, which features a lot of thugs, toughs, and ne’er-do-wells grabbing dames. Perhaps we will see dames with guns in a later installment valiantly defending themselves.

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Space Princess Art, Part 1

Posted March 6, 2017 By John C Wright

As part of the ongoing Pulp Revolution and Space Princess Literary Movement, it behooves us to take a moment and pause to admire the art of some of these pulp covers. Their like is not seen today.

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In Praise of Beale

Posted February 15, 2017 By John C Wright

Someone asked me privately why I say that Vox Day is the best editor under whom it has been my privilege to work. I wrote a private answer, but I see no reason not to share it with the world. Mr. Day does not suffer from false modesty. I do not mind elaborating. The question […]

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Allegory and Message Fiction

Posted February 9, 2017 By John C Wright

A frustrated reader asks a trenchant question: “Do politics even have a place in a story?” Certainly, as long as it remains a story. An allegory or extended parable is not a story properly so called, for the figures in the story have no life of their own and no meaning aside from the allegorical […]

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Arming the Enemy with your Pen

Posted February 3, 2017 By John C Wright

A fellow writer wrote me, worried that a story he is writing, where he portrays a false cult that worships a deceptive god, would be read by Gnostics and Leftists as encouragement to slander the Church. He did not want to write something that would encourage the enemy. I understand his concern; believe me, I […]

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Shovel Grief onto the Hero

Posted January 24, 2017 By John C Wright

The Lester Dent Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot “No yarn of mine written to the formula has yet failed to sell.” There are people who object to formula fiction. Myself, I like formula fiction mucn better than experimental fiction, because the formula at least means the story will be workmanlike. Some complain formulas make yarns […]

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A Comment on Ayn Rand and Evil Socrates

Posted January 14, 2017 By John C Wright

My confirmed habit in my writing my evil doers usually have an evil philosophy which motivates them, and usually I give them the floor to make a speech about it. One author who is particularly good at portraying Evil Socrates, and this is an author whose real talent as an author is overlooked both by her […]

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