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REVIEW: Booklist24 May

5/15

Pulp-fiction aficionado Malmont, who writes today’s Doc Savage comics, pays tribute to his pulp idols in his effervescent, fact-drenched, comedic thrillers, beginning with The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril (2006).

His latest adventure-homage is dedicated to the pioneering sf writers whose work initially appeared in such pulps as The Astounding, The Amazing, and The Unknown. The world is at war, and the military has mobilized the country’s most imaginative thinkers to beat Hitler in the race to build a superweapon. Suave yet bedeviled Robert Heinlein is in charge of the clandestine Kamikaze Group, which includes patrician Sprague de Camp, who is cool under pressure; slimy and untrustworthy Ron Hubbard;and the heart-stealing Isaac Asimov, a young, nervous newlywed.

Heinlein and company end up boldly, if chaotically, tracking down the secret creations of inventor Nikola Tesla, barely surviving escapades beneath the Empire State Building, on a Pacific island, and in Tesla’s mysterious New Jersey tower. With cameos by Einstein, Vonnegut, and Bradbury, Malmont’s funny, zesty, brain-teasing love letter to sf heroes affirms the glory of creativity and science, sacrifice and courage.

— Donna Seaman

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Because every book should have a fashion line!17 May

Damn, that Death Ray Tower shirt is sweet!

Today we’ll be giving a hot new shirt (in one of the four awesome designs!) away to one of our Facebook friends when we reach 500 or the end of the day, whichever comes first.  So get in there and hit like.

Now, I know I’m not the first one to point out the nearly incestuous link between literature and fashion.  Who can forget Philip Roth’s scandalous Ready To Wear show at the 1967 ABA?  And, while it’s considered de rigeur now,   the wearing of those clothes in that way really started with Susan Sontag and a dream.

So, yes, we’re just jumping on the literary-fashion bandwagon along with Stephen King and Michael Chabon, but there seems to be room.  And quite honestly, when the designs are this cool, we feel pretty confident that we’ll be the talk of the runways from Paris, New Jersey to Milan, New Jersey.  Created by acclaimed designer A. Clark–you’ll be able to fly your fashion flag (or shirt, or hoodie, or mug) long after the book has left the bestseller lists.

Visit www.cafepress.com/thatamazingbook to see the full line of stuff you never knew you wanted.  It works best in Firefox and Chrome.  But if you just have to use IE or Safari, click here.

 

Oh, but wait! That onesie has a lightning bolt on it!

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Pulp Ark Convention – May 13 – 1509 May

If you’re gonna be in Batesville, Arkansas this weekend, or near Batesville, drop into the pulp convention going on there:

I won’t be able to be there, but I am going to be there in spirit.  See?

Pro Se Productions, the company sponsoring PULP ARK, the first annual Pulp Convention/Creators Conference being held May 13-15 in Batesville, Ark., announced today that major publisher Simon and Schuster is one of the many publishers taking part in the activities.

According to Tommy Hancock, Pulp Ark Coordinator, Simon and Schuster is participating in Pulp Ark in order to promote the upcoming release of a major novel by Paul Malmont. Malmont, best known for his best selling works ‘The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril’ and ‘Jack London in Paradise’ has completed ‘The Astounding, The Amazing, and The Unknown’. This novel, a sequel to ‘Death Cloud Peril’ follows pulp writer L. Ron Hubbard on adventures into the 1950s that will rival the fantastic pulp tales the future cultural icon wrote. The first book in this two-book series was a fictional romp involving Hubbard, H.P. Lovecraft, and pulp authors Lester Dent and Walter Gibson and others that carried them across the map and through two fisted, pulse pounding adventures.

“Malmont,” Hancock stated, “takes real life historical personages and weaves them into these realistic, yet wildly entertaining, fast paced tales. Pulp Ark is pleased to be able to say that various items, like postcards and such, will be handed out Saturday, May 14, to commemorate the July release of the new novel. Also, a galley copy of the new novel will be on display and given away at 4:30 Saturday afternoon. To register for the giveaway, all you have to do is come to Pulp Ark at 151 West Main, Batesville, Ark starting at noon Friday, May 13 and put your name in the box! The winner will be drawn on Saturday!”

For further information on the giveaway and Pulp Ark, Hancock can be reached at 870-834-4022 or proseproductions@earthlink.net.

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Borders Booksellers Won’t Give Up Without a Fight…22 Apr

borders There’s a small Internet meme going on of pictures posted from some of the pranks Borders employees are pulling as their stores are put down.  I found this one poignant. 

Sometimes, in our big-box-store era, you forget that sometimes the people who work there actually care about what they’re doing.  My Google alert found this post about my first book on a site called Booksellers in Exile, described as a blog started by former Borders employees meant to be a home for people who love books, music and movies. 

I appreciate that anyone is still taking the time to talk about my book, and Borders has always been very good to me.  But it’s more important to point out that booksellers, be it at a chain, or at your local independent, really do care about books.  They’re passionate enough about them to keep trying to help you decide what to read even after their store has disappeared around them.  Take advantage of that commitment—before they’re extinct.

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Ray Bradbury on Mars continues…18 Apr

Rock Hudson was really awesome in this!

Yeah, I didn’t get to post everything I wanted to last week about Ray Bradbury and Mars.  So I’ll just finish up this week.

 

To begin with, I’ll just post this clip from a pretty good TV miniseries version of The Martian Chronicles. I was in school when this came out and it was a Big Event–they gathered us in the auditorium to watch it on television.  “Dark they were, and golden-eyed,” is still a lovely story and a striking turn of phrase.  Rock Hudson was on a TV tear at the time–knocking it out of the park in this, and in the amazingly tense World War 3.

Watch a clip:

Rock Hudson would have been good in this, too!

All this Mars stuff makes me want to remind you to check out my friend Andrew Kessler’s new non-fiction book about the Mars Phoenix mission, Martian Summer.  He was there (well, not on Mars, but at Mission Control) and provides a first-hand look at the current state of planetary exploration.

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STAR REVIEW :: LIBRARY JOURNAL, “It’s so much fun that…”13 Apr

Gene Krants and the boys at Mission Control like the review.

From Library Journal:

In 1908, did the mad genius Nikola Tesla, who beat out Edison in the Battle of the Currents (which should it be, AC or DC?), invent but then hide a death ray, a weapon that could blow a fleet of enemy bombers out of the sky in one instant? By 1943, it looks like the Germans have some very nasty tricks up their sleeves. So writer Robert Heinlein, in charge of the “Kamikaze Group,” a think tank composed mainly of his fellow science fiction writers—Isaac Asimov, L. Sprague de Camp, and L. Ron Hubbard are among them—sets out to find the truth. If a death ray exists, they’re determined to locate it and make it work—for America’s side!

Time and again, you’ll think there couldn’t possibly be any more new plot twists in this madcap adventure by the author of The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril and Jack London in Paradise, but five pages later a new one will hit you on the head. VERDICT Anyone who loves the science fiction of the 1930s and 1940s will want to read this delightful romp. It’s so much fun that it virtually defines what light fiction should be. [See Prepub Alert, 1/24/11.]—David Keymer, Modesto, CA

 

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Anyone hitting the Chicago Pulp Con this weekend?13 Apr

Unfortunately, I won’t be there.  But I have fond memories of this Con because they were kind enough to host the debut of The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril a few years ago.

I did manage to lose the very best digital camera I’ve ever owned there.  But, I did get to spend an evening tossing back drinks and talking about life, the universe, and everything with the legendary Jim Steranko.

Yeah. This guy!

So, post some stories or tales of Chicago if you’re there.  And if you happen to see my promo postcards there–or outrageous prices on any of my stuff, snap a photo and send it along.

And have fun.  They’re good people out there in Chicago.

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Have lunch with a living legend…11 Apr

Making an appearance today is a wonderful lecture from Ray Bradbury about his career.  Why Mr. Bradbury?  Not only is he still fascinating, and one of the last great writers of the Golden Age still around (along with Frederik Pohl) but he makes an appearance in my new novel.

When I was in junior high, I wrote him a letter asking him a bunch of inane, young writer-type questions.  He was kind enough to send me back a form letter explaining how he doesn’t have time to answer his fan mail–but he had typed his answers to my questions on all four margins of the page!  That meant he had to keep removing the paper and replacing it in a new layout–it would have taken him less time to just write a note on regular paper.

What I like about this lecture is how he talks about all the work he put into being a writer–how he wrote from 12-22 before he sold something.  That makes him an outlier in the Gladwell sense–he put in his 10,000 hours early and with great intensity.

One of our greatest storytellers.  Enjoy!

 

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Getting the chance to crack open the new book is…08 Apr

What could be inside?  Open the package!

Congratulations to Richard Derus!  Your number is up, er, came up!

Shoot us your address at info1@paulmalmont.com.  Everyone else–stay tuned for the next giveaway!  In the meantime, have a great weekend and I’m hoping to post some interesting videos for your lunchtime pleasure next week.

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Hey! Look what I found! More books to give away!07 Apr

alien

I’ve found a secret stash of some more advance copies of the book.

You know what that means.

That’s right.  Tomorrow is Friday.  And that means some fortunate friend is going to get a copy.

Real easy to give yourself a chance.  If you’ve already posted a greeting on my wall, website or twitter—you’re in.  If you haven’t, just make yourself known.  I might make it more challenging next week, so get in while it’s still easy.

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Richard Feynman knows today’s book winner is…01 Apr

I know the answer... to everything!

Threw all the new names into the bowl with all the previous names, and one slip emerged.

Judith Loue!

Way to go Judith.  Send your address to info1@paulmalmont.com and your advanced reader copy will be sent to you at a speed slightly less than that of light.

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Should I give a book away tomorrow?31 Mar

Richard Feynman wants me to send one of you a copy of my book tomorrow.  I kind of agree with him.  But it’s up to you.  Yes or No?

I am not endorsing this book!

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NEWS :: Hate books? No worries…30 Mar

600full-fahrenheit-451-screenshot

Just found out that there will be an audio version of The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown!  Come on, you know you want it!  More deets to come.

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REVIEW :: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY29 Mar

"He shouldn't have jumped. The show wasn't that bad!"

From Publishers Weekly (3/28): Malmont returns to the pulp magazine-inspired territory of The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril, this time assembling a clutch of science fiction writers to defeat the Germans in WWII. Based at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the crew’s task is to use their science backgrounds and lively imaginations to tackle such projects as weather control, force fields, and invisibility. Under the leadership of Robert Heinlein and counting Isaac Asimov and L. Sprague de Camp among its members, the Kamikaze Group has few results to show its Navy hosts–until a German spy washes ashore near Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower, prompting the government to suspect Nazi interest in Tesla’s research. Heinlein and company head out to investigate, picking up L. Ron Hubbard on the way, and what they find leads them on a wild trip toward what might be the ultimate weapon needed to win the war. Malmont lovingly embraces the fact-fiction synthesis employed by the writers he brings to life, and while the narrative is erratically paced and overstuffed with digressions about which character wrote what, it’s all lovingly done, and fans of the original pulps will surely enjoy the ride. (July)

 

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Rare: Ticket to the Moon–John W. Campbell radio interview28 Mar

Campbell

Everyone seemed to like last week’s found video of Isaac Asimov’s TV pilot.  That prompted me to post this 1950s radio broadcast from Biography in Sound in which host Norma Rose (the Ira Glass of his era?) “discovers” a strange off-shoot of literature called, wait for it, science fiction.  It’s kind of like watching a 60 Minutes piece on rap.

What’s cool about this is that, in addition to featuring Dr. Asimov(!) of Boston University, you’ll also hear from the legendary editor of Astounding and Unknown magazines, and AAU character, John W. Campbell.  Campbell, in case you didn’t know, was one of the primary shapers of the Golden Age of science fiction, as well as the author of the story “Who Goes There?” which became the movie The Thing:

 

This is only recorded interview I’ve ever heard of Campbell.  (If anyone has any video of him, or Robert Heinlein, for that matter, please send it my way for future posting.)  Campbell discusses the development of the Atomic bomb story, “Deadline,” which caused so much trouble. 

Oh, and there’s also an interview with up-and-comer, Ray Bradbury.  Listen to him work in a plug for Fahrenheit 451 like a pro!

One last little note—the commercial at the beginning of the broadcast uses the same musical piece that Orson Welles opened his Mercury Theater broadcasts with.

Enjoy!

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