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Alec Checkerfield Uncategorized all in color for a dime, birthday, countersolar, dreamer's dozen, edgar rice burroughs: master of adventure, larry ivie, Richard Lupoff, the best of xero, the comic book book
With over 50 books to his credit, Richard “Dick” A. Lupoff first rose to fame as the co-editor (with his wife Pat) of the Hugo Award winning sci-fi fanzine Xero, which helped to usher in comic book fandom and featured many astonishing established and up-and-coming contributors including Dan Adkins, ATom, Otto Binder, James Blish, L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter, Avram Davidson, Roger Ebert, Harlan Ellison, Ron Goulart, Larry Ivie, Roy Krenkel, Fred Pohl, Bill Schelly, Robert Shea, Steve Stiles, Roy Thomas, Don Thompson, Maggie Thompson, Bob Tucker, Donald Westlake, Ted White, Paul Williams, and Don Wollheim. Pieces of the zine, which ran for only 10 issues form 1960-1963, were collected in three Lupoff co-edited volumes: All In Color For a Dime (1970 w Don Thompson), The Comic Book Book (1973 w Thompson), and THE BEST OF XERO (2004 w Pat Lupoff).
In 1963, Lupoff served as the reprint editor at Canaveral Press for the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. This lead to his first solo project, Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure (1965) and established Lupoff as an expert on ERB. He later wrote Barsoom: Edgar Rice Burroughs and The Martian Vision (1976).
He has written over 30 novels. Among his best known areOne Million Centuries (1967), Into The Aether (1974), Space War Blues (1978), Buck Rogers In The 25th Century (1978, As by Addison E. Steele), Circumpolar! (1984), Lovecraft’s Book (1985), The Comic Book Killer (1988), Sun’s End (1984), Countersolar! (1987), The Black Tower (1988), The Emerald Cat Killer (2012), and Rookie Blues (2012).
Lupoff’s many short stories have been collected into several books including The Ova Hamlet Papers (1979), Hyperprism / The Digital Wristwatch of Philip K. Dick (1993), Claremont Tales (2001), Terrors (2005), Deep Space (2009), Dreamer’s Dozen (2015). and The Doom That Came to Dunwich (2017). His tale “12:01 PM” was adapted as the film 12:01.
All of us at Tachyon wish the extraordinary Dick a healthy and happy birthday. May his A’s manage to give him some joy in ‘19.
For more about THE BEST OF XERO, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Larry Ivie
All of us at Tachyon are saddened by the news of the groundbreaking
Pat Lupoff’s death.
Pat Lupoff with husband Dick at Pittcon, the 1960 Worldcon
Lupoff is perhaps
best known, alongside her husband Richard “Dick” Lupoff, for
editing the famed fanzine Xero, which
helped to usher in comic book fandom and featured many astonishing
established and up-and-coming contributors including Dan Adkins,
ATom, Otto Binder, James Blish, L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter, Avram
Davidson, Roger Ebert, Harlan Ellison, Ron Goulart, Larry Ivie, Roy
Krenkel, Fred Pohl, Bill Schelly, Robert Shea, Steve Stiles, Roy
Thomas, Don Thompson, Maggie Thompson, Bob Tucker, Donald Westlake,
Ted White, Paul Williams, and Don Wollheim. Pieces of the zine, which
ran for only 10 issues from 1960-1963, were collected in three
volumes: All In Color For a Dime,
The Comic Book Book,
and THE BEST OF XERO. In 1963, the publication won the Hugo
for Best Fanzine, making her the first woman to win the distinguished award.
Remarkably, her only other Hugo nomination came 42 years later for
co-editing (again with Dick) THE
BEST OF XERO.
she edited several fanzines including Feringstan No!, Horrib
(with Dick), One Page Only, OPO, and The Stygian
Pat and Dick at the 2014 San Dieog Comic Con (photo: Scott Edelman)
Lupoff was active
throughout her life in fandom, belonging to (Second) Futurian Society
of New York, founding the Fanoclasts, and running Eastercon (NY). She participated in the APAs Lilapa and The Cult. With Dick, her
appearance at Pittcon, the 1960 Worldcon, dressed as Captain Marvel
and Mary Marvel, is well known and fondly remembered.
Our thoughts are with Dick and their children. She will be missed.
Tachyon tidbits featuring Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, Michael Moorcock, Claude Lalumière, Joe R. Lansdale, and Richard Lupoff
Alec Checkerfield Uncategorized Ann Monn, ann vandermeer, book riot, claremont tales, Claude Lalumière, corey redekop, elric: stealer of souls, high cotton, jeff vandermeer, Joe R. Lansdale, michael blumlein, michael moorcock, mya nunnally, Richard Lupoff, the brains of rats, the new weird, vernieda vergara
The latest reviews and mentions of Tachyon titles and authors from around the web.
Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, Michael Moorcock, Claude Lalumière (photo: Alexandra Renwick), Joe R. Lansdale (Karen Lansdale), and Richard Lupoff
Mya Nunnally at BOOK RIOT offers A Beginner’s Guide
to the New Weird Genre.
After growing tired of the same archetypes, overdone plots, and types of characters, I found the antidote. New Weird exists to overturn cliches and twist the traditional. Robin Anne Reid once described it as fictions that “subvert cliches of the fantastic in order to put them to discomfiting, rather than consoling ends.”
THE NEW WEIRD ANTHOLOGY BY JEFF AND ANN VANDERMEER
This one is pretty self-explanatory. The Vandermeers offers many short stories that embody what they believe “The New Weird” to be. With amazing entries from M. John Harrison, K. K. Bishop, and Jay Lake, this is definitely a solid, encompassing introduction to the genre.
Also at BOOK RIOT, Vernieda Vergara recommends 14 Dark Fantasy Books to Read and Explore On Long, Cold Nights including Micheal Moorcock’s ELRIC: THE STEALER OF SOULS.
Quibbling aside, there are a few traits common to dark fantasy stories. They may have a gloomy and moody tone. They may portray humans grappling with supernatural forces. And, they may feature an anti-hero as the main character; in other words, the villains of traditional fantasies may be protagonists in dark fantasy books. Like moral ambiguity in your characters? Dark fantasy is the subgenre for you.
Given the loose definition of dark fantasy, I included a variety of novels on this list. There should be something for everyone. And while there are a few well-known classics of the subgenre listed here, I tried to veer away from the well-beaten path.
art: John Picacio
Moorcock’s drug-dependent albino sorcerer Elric of Melnibone has become one of the most recognizable anti-heroes in fantasy. The last emperor of a declining empire, Elric grapples with external threats, family members who want his throne, and a kind of existential malaise. And that’s not even touching the fact that his soul-stealing sword Stormbringer will inevitably bring doom to all he holds dear.
On Corey Redekop’s eponymous site, guest lister Claude Lalumière offers his Top 10 13 Creepy
1. The Brains of Rats, by Michael Blumlein
2. Tales of Terror and Mystery, by Arthur Conan Doyle
3. Little Tales of Misogyny, by Patricia Highsmith
4. The Melancholy of Anatomy, by Shelley Jackson
5. The Songbirds of Pain, by Garry Kilworth
6. High Cotton: Selected Stories, by Joe Lansdale
7. Tamastara, or the Indian Nights, by Tanith Lee
8. The Collection, by Bentley Little
9. Claremont Tales, by Richard Lupoff
10. This Strange Way of Dying: Stories of Magic, Desire & the Fantastic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
11. Famous Monsters, by Kim Newman
12. The Ends of the Earth, by Lucius Shepard
13. The Cleft and Other Odd Tales, by Gahan Wilson
For more info about THE NEW WEIRD, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Ann Monn
Alec Checkerfield Uncategorized anthology, birthday, dick lupoff, edgar rice burroughs, essays, fanzine, larry ivie, richard a lupoff, Richard Lupoff, roger ebert, science fiction, the best of xero, Xero
All of us wish the extraordinary Richard A. Lupoff a healthy and happy 80th birthday.
Lupoff’s lengthy career included being editor of the famed sci-fi fanzine Xero and the author of over 50 books including several important works about Edgar Rice Burroughs and numerous novels.
In 2005, Tachyon published the Hugo-nominated THE BEST OF XERO, a collection of essays from the groundbreaking zine.
For more about THE BEST OF XERO, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Larry Ivie.