A Digital Revival of Sci-Fi Pulp Fiction

The spirit of the Golden Age lives on

J.A. Taylor
2 min readJan 7, 2023
“Galactic Romance.” Image courtesy of scifishorts.co

The “Golden Age” of science fiction peaked in the 1950s with writers like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury. Many of their stories were printed on cheap, pulp paper magazines. These magazines were known for being chock full of ads appealing to pubescent boys who couldn’t wait to rush home and devour a story of a handsome space cadet rescuing a damsel in distress from the clutches of a flesh-eating Martian.

Though times have certainly changed, there was something magical about that era. Artists like Earl Norem and Earle K. Bergey painted captivating spacescapes that drew our eyes to cover after amazing cover. The timeless stories and enchanting artwork carried us to other worlds, expanded our imagination, and for a few moments made us forget our troubles, allowing us to view our world through a new lens.

Continuing the spirit of this era is our passion at SciFiShorts.co. We are curating amazing new sci-fi flash fiction stories (1,000 words or fewer) from emerging writers around the world and pairing them with new artwork reminiscent of that vintage vibe. I’ll share a few recent gems here.

Jim Dutton, editor for the Sci-Fi Shorts Medium publication, wrote a fantastic piece called, “Time Alone” about a relationship that takes an unexpected turn.

Matthew Donnellon is no stranger to short fiction. He wrote a phenomenal story about a morale officer. The ending is just… perfect!

K. B. Cottrill has a way of thrusting you into a new world and making it seem completely normal. Here’s an excellent story from him.

Thanks for reading. If you want to directly support scifi writers from around the globe, you can join SciFiShorts.co and get endless science fiction for as little as $4.16 per month!