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Detective Mysteries aren’t just on Planet Earth.
Crimes occur wherever humanity winds up. And there’s someone there to write the story. Of course, it’s been placed into the far future or alternate reality. Just so it’s easier to read and enjoy.
So they’ve been collected into a slim volume for you t read in all your copious spare time. Short stories and novellas all (well, we did include the classic space opera mystery by H. Beam Piper – you decide after you’ve waded into it a few chapters).
Just for you to have some light entertainment these days.
Space Opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking. Set mainly or entirely in outer space, it usually involves conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities, futuristic weapons, and other sophisticated technology.
The term has no relation to music, as in a traditional opera, but is instead a play on the terms “soap opera”, a melodramatic television series, and “horse opera”, which was coined during the 1930s to indicate a formulaic Western movie. Space operas emerged in the 1930s and continue to be produced in literature, film, comics, television, and video games.
The Golden Age of Pulp Magazine Fiction derives from pulp magazines (often referred to as “the pulps”) as they were inexpensive fiction magazines that were published from 1896 to the late 1950s. The term pulp derives from the cheap wood pulp paper on which the magazines were printed. In contrast, magazines printed on higher-quality paper were called “glossies” or “slicks”. (Wikipedia)
The pulps gave rise to the term pulp fiction. Pulps were the successors to the penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short-fiction magazines of the 19th century. Although many writers wrote for pulps, the magazines were proving grounds for those authors like Robert Heinlein, Louis LaMour, “Max Brand”, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, and many others. The best writers moved onto longer fiction required by paperback publishers. Many of these authors have never been out of print, even long after their passing.
Pied Piper of Mars by Frederic Arnold Kummer
The Madman From Earth by Keith Laumer
Stellar Showboat by Malcolm Jameson
The Eyes Have It by Randall Garrett
Asteroid of the Damned by Frederik Pohl & Dirk Wylie
Murder in the Gunroom by H. Beam Piper
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