Let’s all go to the movies!
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by lucina
5d ago
It’s too darn hot. It’s been one of those very hot weeks that makes your brain feel like mush for much of the day. I’m on my way to Pluto for a few days to cool off but I leave you, my dear Rocketeer readers, with a short film to help pass the time until my return. Be good Space Explorers ..read more
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Announcement: The 2021 Cosmos Prize
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by lucina
2w ago
I’m delighted to announce that I’ve won an important genre prize for pulp illustration. I’m very excited to announce it but there’s a problem…I actually won the award a few years ago but I couldn’t tell anyone until now! Here’s the story…the 2021 Cosmos Prize was given for the best illustration(s) for—“The Challenge From Beyond”—which consisted of two shared world stories (one science fiction and one weird fantasy) that came out in an historically important semi-pro magazine back in September of 1935. That’s something of a mouthful, isn’t it? I’ll explain it all more clearly in a minute. But l ..read more
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Fast Living: Ephemerae and Swift People
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by lucina
2w ago
In this week’s Rocketeer podcast I’m talking about stories concerning people living in hyper-accelerated states. Talk about a change in perspective! These are fun stories and, among other things, I mentioned how strange energies from space seem to be changing us in ways we can’t yet quantify. After I recorded the podcast I saw a post on X about a supernova, the light of which will soon to reach Earth and we may see a new star in the sky because of it. I’m not saying the Edmond Hamilton story I’m reviewing this week, “The Ephemerae” had the same cause for an Earth-changing disaster but…it does ..read more
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Podcast #21: Doctor Fogg
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by lucina
1M ago
in this week’s ROCKETEER podcast I’m reviewing, “Doctor Fogg” by Norman Matson. It’s an interesting example of very early science fiction. It’s also considered a satire. But is it? I doubt you’ll read too many reviews of this book as it’s pretty rare. So join me over on Substack to hear about an interesting piece of science fiction history from 1929 ..read more
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Podcast #20: Christmas in May
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by lucina
1M ago
In this week’s podcast I’m talking about all the wonderful magazines I recently ordered from the Library of Congress through interlibrary loan. Honestly, interlibrary loan is a fantastic resource. And getting things from the Library of Congress is particularly fun. I mean, they’re supposed to have EVERYTHING! I know that they don’t, actually, but they do have incredible collections. This time, I was after complete serials from Love Story Magazine from the late 1930’s and several single stories from The Blue Book Magazine in a range from 1930-1947. It took me several days of intense work but ev ..read more
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Podcast #19: Some Thoughts About Heroes
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by lucina
2M ago
In this week’s ROCKETEER podcast I’m talking about types of heroes in literature and screenplays. For some of them a journey is necessary, but not for all. Join me over on Substack to listen. (The image above is by Walter Baumhofer and was seen on the cover of “Adventure” magazine in the June, 1935 issue ..read more
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Mata Hari
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by lucina
2M ago
So you’ve heard of her, the famous courtesan-spy? I just discovered that I did a pen & ink drawing of her. It was a while ago, based an a lovely photo I found on Pinterest. And today I found out who that exotic-looking gal actually was. Too funny! Enlarge 'Beauty,' pen & ink on paper. Copyright Sara Light-Waller, 2024. All Rights Reserved. Here is the photo I was working from. I made a few changes to her outfit to suit myself. Enlarge Mata Hari, the famous spy Fun times here at the studio today ..read more
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Podcast #17: Mass Mind Control and Utopianism
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by lucina
2M ago
In this week’s Rocketeer podcast I’m doing a critical review of a piece of early science fiction– “The Brain of the Planet” (1929) by Lilith Lorraine. It has been called Feminist Utopian fiction but…it isn’t really. And you’ll see why. You can listen to the podcast right here ..read more
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Continuing on with oil pastels
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by lucina
3M ago
This is the first landscape I’ve tried with the oil pastels. It was also my first time trying Canson Mi-Teintes Touch paper. It’s a sanded paper and I used a sheet of a neutralized purple-color for this painting. The paper was an experiment and I’m not sure I loved the surface. Imuch prefer Clairefontaine’s Pastelmat. There’s something about Pastelmat’s surface that seems to handle the medium better. I also like velour papers for oil pastels but not for landscapes. Velour paper creates a sort of soft blur-effect that’s great for portraits but not needed for landscapes.  I’m working on ano ..read more
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Podcast #16: Superman and the Library of Congress
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by lucina
3M ago
This week’s Rocketeer podcast is about two things that don’t really go together and I’m going to treat it as two distinct parts. Part One is what I’d planned to talk about last week, the original origin of Superman. Part Two is about Jazz Age romance novels, something I’m researching at the moment. You can listen to it here. As an addendum I’d like to add an odd little post script. One of the romance novelists I mentioned in my podcast–“Vivian Grey”–was also the pseudonym of 19th century British statesman and Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881). I was having an interaction with someo ..read more
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