About a decade ago, give or take a year, I had a little extra money from summer teaching. So did I save the money or invest it wisely? No, I didn’t. I decided to try and obtain as many copies of Henry Kuttner stories that had never been reprinted at that time that I didn’t have, along with a few other unreprinted stories by people such as Eric Frank Russell. Except for some copies of Weird Tales which were out of my price range, I managed to get most everything I didn’t have copies of. Haffner Press has reprinted the Weird Tales material. When pursuing a project like this, eBay is
not your bank account’s friend an invaluable tool.
Now some of you may be thinking that all the good stuff from the pulps has been reprinted. That’s not actually the case. I’ve not read all the stories I acquired that summer. Some of them were novel length (or what passed for novel length in the pulps). I tend to read my pulps when I have the house to myself. There’s too many interruptions that cause me to set what I’m reading down when other people are in the house. I’d rather not do that with my pulps. If I set them down, I want to be sure that nothing will happen before I come back.
But what I have read has been quite good. I would argue that “We Kill People” (Astounding, March 1946) is one of Kuttner’s best stories, one that can stand alongside “Mimsy Were the Borogoves”, “The Proud Robot”, “When the Bough Breaks”, “See You Later”, “A Gnome There Was”, or “The Twonky”.
But I digress. There are quite a few Kuttner stories, many of them of novella length, that I want to read. I’m not getting any younger. And after this year’s Hugo Awards debacle, I’m not as interested in reading new work as I was a few weeks ago. So I’m going to be diving into my pulps, as well as my old paperbacks, when I get a chance. I’ve already read the first two Kuttner stories in this series, and the posts should go up over the next day or two. The fantasy and stories with strong fantasy elements will be reviewed here. The pure science fiction I’ll look at on Futures Past and Present.