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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Science fiction: genre or tag?

An excellent post on the creation of "science fiction" and it's impact on Jeffro's "pulp revolution" at Castalia House
This is where we start to really see science fiction emerge as a term for a distinct genre, not so much because of clear differences between these stories and the other material being produced at the time (planetary romances, weird tales, science and sorcery, space opera with the Flash Gordon vibe) but as a marketing category: it was now clear that there really was a market for stories that did what Gernsback (and Wilson) wanted, and the industry – newly expanding into the fresh sales categories of inexpensive pocket-sized paperbacks – was eager to supply.
You can even see the effect if you want: Google’s ngram viewer[6] shows the curve for the frequency of the use of “science fiction” in their database of digitized texts:
None of the common terms for genre are particularly common until science fiction starts to take off in the early 1940s – it sees healthy growth right up until 1960, and then – WHAM – it explodes![7] Is it a coincidence that this explosion of awareness of “science fiction” as a category coincides with the era in which publishing was consolidating, bookstore franchises were growing, and the value of systematizing the way books were marketed was understood, the approach applied? It’s certainly not a coincidence that it coincides with Donald Wollheim’s masterful application of new printing options to both revitalize old, beloved classics and discover a bevy of amazing new authors while editor for Avon and Ace, and later with his own imprint at DAW.
The bloggers at Castalia House have really picked up their game in an impressive fashion. In my opinion, they have made a very credible run at Black Gate for the title of Best SF/F Site on a daily basis, so credible that I think it would be virtually impossible to say which is the more can't-miss site from one day to the next.

I'll freely admit that last year, there were occasionally times that days would go by before I would visit Castalia House. But ever since Jeffro brought on the new bloggers and committed to ensuring multiple daily posts, I don't think I've missed a day of reading it. And the discussions are every bit as lively as the discourse here, if considerably more esoteric.

Great job, gentlemen.

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Blogger Karl March 30, 2017 11:19 AM  

Chuck Tingle was right. All you haters are anti-science.

Tyrannosaurus rex was a sensitive lover, new dinosaur discovery suggests

https://t.co/0F4iAvPUw0 (Guardian UK).

Blogger Rawle Nyanzi March 30, 2017 11:25 AM  

Jeffro's Google+ feed is no slouch, either. https://plus.google.com/106512618424209956610

Blogger bob kek mando ( Death To The Boor-geois, Keks To The Lol-etariat ) March 30, 2017 11:54 AM  

T rex and other tyrannosaurs would have used their tactile noses to explore their surroundings, build nests, and carefully pick up fragile eggs and baby offspring.



baw-hahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahaha.

*looks again*

wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

T-Rex has a prehensile nose ... according to "scientists".

welp, that explains the vestigial arms. when you snort your younglings up, why would you need to grasp them?

Blogger VD March 30, 2017 12:01 PM  

Tyrannosaurus rex was a sensitive lover

So, you're saying that the author of Alien Stripper Taken From Behind by the T-Rex lied?

Anonymous lenny mclenny March 30, 2017 12:01 PM  

There is no SF because SF sells more than Castalia titles (see latest Scalzi). xD

Anonymous Rev. Angry Torlock March 30, 2017 12:27 PM  

HahAhhAAha!

Nice try, "Vox". Of course you're on the Castalia blog every day, because you're the one writing it! We all know that "Kevyn Winkless" doesn't really exist, any more than your other sockpuppet pseudonyms "Jeffro Johnson" or "Jasyn Jones".

While we're at it, here are some more of your sockpuppets:
Johan Kalsi
Fenris Wulf
Martin van Creveld
B.V. Larson
Jerry Pournelle (never heard of him)
John Red Eagle (yeah right, like a POC would help you!)
Ivan Throne
Daddy Warpig
Spacebunny
Tom Kratman (at least I hope he's not real)

C'mon, just admit they're all pen names. Nobody likes you and Castalia is just you in a basement! Only you exist, ever existed or could exist! Although I definitely don't care about you at all and I laugh at you to show how much I don't care.

HahHAhAhaHaaaHA!

Anonymous lenny mclenny March 30, 2017 12:31 PM  

I don't think that Jeffro is a puppet, same for Morgan. For good chunk of others, however, I agree with you. Half are puppets, other half ignorant kids. Same goes for commenters.

Anonymous Rev. Angry Torlock March 30, 2017 12:36 PM  

Oh and I forgot "Chuck Tingle" - also a sockpuppet! And don't even bring up that actor you hired to play "Mike Cernovich" while you write "his" blog, books, and tweets.

HAHAhahaaHHaHaha!

Blogger Quadko March 30, 2017 12:38 PM  

I was blown away by the Appendix N blog posts, and then loved it again when it was polished up to an ebook. Castalia House has done a great job in this area, too.

Anonymous RabidRatel March 30, 2017 12:47 PM  

Rev. Angry Torlock wrote:Tom Kratman (at least I hope he's not real)



The good colonel wants to have a word with you -
http://www.everyjoe.com/author/tomkratman/
https://infogalactic.com/info/Tom_Kratman

Your nightmare just became real....

Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha

BTW - Soros wants his money back.

Anonymous VFM #6306 March 30, 2017 12:50 PM  

Aw, it was just that Douglas Adams already held the perpetual book cover copyright to Alien Stripper Taken From Behind by the T-Rex Gently? and a kindly unemployed Amazon staffer requested that Tingle make a title change...

You know, to prevent misleading...

Anonymous Soros Shill HR Department March 30, 2017 12:51 PM  

Rev. Angry Torlock wrote:HahAhhAAha!

You are not keeping to the script. You will now be replaced with a dindu from Africa. You need to collect your plane ticket to Africa soonest at your nearest Soros troll redeployment centre.

Have a happy future life.

Blogger Gaiseric March 30, 2017 12:53 PM  

VD wrote:Tyrannosaurus rex was a sensitive lover

So, you're saying that the author of Alien Stripper Taken From Behind by the T-Rex lied?

But the author of "If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love" was on the right track after all!

Anonymous Looking Glass March 30, 2017 1:01 PM  

Vox Popoli: come for the insight commentary, stay for the serious discussions of dinosaur/alien mating habits while laughing at the paid trolls.

Winning is fun.

Anonymous Rev. Angry Torlock March 30, 2017 1:17 PM  

If you want REAL news and insights, I suggest you look up Godfrey Elfwick. He's the greatest voice of justice in our times, besides Xr. Scalzi, and Xr. Nielsen Hayden of course.

HahHAhahaHAAHA!!1!

Blogger Jon D. March 30, 2017 1:19 PM  

Everyone involved does a great job. Jeffro, Daddy Warpig, H.P. with his reviews,Rawle I think is the youngest of the bunch -- up and coming talent himself whose fiction is worth checking out. I know there's a bunch of others and guest posters as well.

There's a reason my twitter profile is labeled Jeffro Fan Account.

Anonymous Athor Pel March 30, 2017 1:40 PM  

"...snort your younglings..."

When I read that I had two things pop into my head. Yoda talking about baby Jedis and this song, https://infogalactic.com/info/Teach_Your_Children

Also elephants picking up baby humans by the head like those commercials having vacuum cleaners picking up bowling balls.

Anonymous krymneth March 30, 2017 1:41 PM  

Rev. Angry Torlock, you're still only halfway to enlightenment.

Oot Izlacs si xov!

This rabbit hole goes deep.

Blogger Amos Bellomy March 30, 2017 1:42 PM  

Ignorant kids, maybe; some might count me among them.

Puppets, ha, no. Trust me on this, I communicate with many of these people quite often. They're no puppets.

(Anthony M of Superversive SF here.)

Anonymous Poe Slaw March 30, 2017 2:07 PM  

@15
The depth of wisdom Godfrey Elfwick shows is unfathomable.

Blogger Karl March 30, 2017 2:25 PM  

So, you're saying that the author of Alien Stripper Taken From Behind by the T-Rex lied?

Didn't read that deplorable knock-off. I think T-Rex could be sensitive but still enjoy hurting you.

Anonymous Rev. Angry Torlock March 30, 2017 2:51 PM  

Thank you, krymneth, for your secret code, which only you, I, and perhaps lenny mclenny are educated and informed enough to decipher. I have studied it carefully, but I must politely disagree:

Xr. Scalzi is a 6'3 ex-marine badass, while everyone knows that "Vox" has clearly never studied any form of fighting or martial art. Logically, they cannot be the same person.

However, Godfrey Elfwick is real, Godfrey Elfwick is wise and true and a beacon of tolerance in a bigoted world. One might even say he is my direct, personal inspiration. Though alas, at the risk of sounding ableist, my talents are not remotely comparable to his.

Now, I think it is time to leave this toxic place of hate, and return to the enlightened and intelligent communities at File770 and io9.

Blogger Franz Lyonheart March 30, 2017 4:21 PM  

Xr. Scalzi is a 6'3 ex-marine badass

No rare Pepes today? I'm getting withdrawal symptoms...

Blogger Dave March 30, 2017 6:10 PM  

Some of you need a refresher course on VP troll identification. The Rev. is providing a free lesson today on how to troll the troll, so take notes.

Blogger Stephen March 30, 2017 7:07 PM  

I think the rise in popularity of sci fi in the 60's might have something more to do with that little thing called the space race.

Anonymous Millenium March 31, 2017 1:12 AM  

@24: Rev's first comment was so good that until I read Pournelle's name I was not sure whether he wae serious. We passed the horizon of Poe's law sometime during Trump's campaign.

Blogger Tom Kratman March 31, 2017 1:24 AM  

@10:

How can I have a word with one of Soros' sockpuppets? I mean, it's not like the shitweasel has an existence outside of his parents' basement.

Anonymous RabidRatel March 31, 2017 1:50 AM  

Tom Kratman wrote:I mean, it's not like the shitweasel has an existence outside of his parents' basement.

I noticed that they don't want to visit me, in spite of all the hearty invites I send them. I thought that they might have the fortitude to actually venture outside the basement. It pains me to admit that I was wrong on this.

Oh well. It seems that the Soros Shill Relocation Department will have to go mobile in order to reach targets. I will have to have a word with Pinochet's Helicopter Pilot.

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