Martin’s Newsletter

Martin Lesser
The Golden Age of Science Fiction
Created 25 May 2021
  • The Foundation of the Golden Age of Science Fiction
    28 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    The new TV series released by Apple is portrayed as being based on the Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov. The stories originally comprising the novels first appeared in the 1940s in the magazine Astou...
  • Yesterday’s Science Becomes Tomorrow’s Fiction
    17 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Science is not a static discipline; by its very nature, it invites change. A story based on today's science may not survive tomorrow's discoveries. Golden age science fiction is now over fifty years o...
  • Time For Laughter
    01 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    In a previous newsletter, I spoke about stories that I recalled as being humorous when I first read them many years ago. To my disappointment, these same stories upon rereading had lost their amusemen...
  • Alien Inside and Out
    19 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    Alien Inside and Out How to make friends with a BEM When we lived in New York City in the early 1970s, we had a friend who was a recent immigrant from Cuba. One problem we had with him and his wife wa...
  • Romance and Empire
    11 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    A noticeable flaw in the golden age of science fiction is the absence of female authors. Currently, there are many women writing science fiction; they even dominate recent awards such as the Hugo Awar...
  • Them or Us
    03 Aug 2021 • 3 min read
    The lurid covers of the pulp science fiction magazines of the early golden age often featured BEMs (Bug Eyed Monsters) grasping at near-nude young human females. In contrast to these images, most of t...
  • Was That Really Funny?
    27 Jul 2021 • 2 min read
    It was the early 1980s and, I was enjoying a coffee break with my colleagues in the cafeteria at Luleå University of Technology in Northern Sweden. To contribute to the conversation, I proceeded to te...
  • Security Has a Price
    22 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    As I pulled into my driveway, I knew something was wrong. Both the front and side doors of our house were open. Did I leave home without closing and locking the doors? Entering the house, I saw stuff ...
  • Life Finds a Way
    17 Jul 2021 • 2 min read
    Evolution plays no favorites. In October of 1859, Thomas Austin introduced 24 wild rabbits on to his estate in Victoria, Australia. Austin loved to shoot rabbits on his land in England. Wishing to con...
  • Doubting Reality
    12 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Many years ago, my oldest brother told me about a strange event in his life. After a job interview in Boston, he returned home on a taxi flight to New York City. At the time, these flights were offere...
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