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The return of Homer Eon Flint

Thanks to shsilver for pointing me to this story: Science Fiction Pioneer Homer Eon Flint Gets Second Chance at Publishing Career. According to the article, the digital publisher Musa Publishing has begun publishing all of Flint's stories and novels, including previously unpublished work. Musa is working with Flint's grand daughter, Vella Munn, and they are also publishing a biography she's written about her grandfather.

I had dreamed of putting together a collection of the science fiction stories that had never been reprinted, but of course it was unlikely I'd actually ever have gotten around to it. Now I guess I need to think seriously about buying an e-reader. Or maybe an iPad or other tablet. Anyway, great news! Although I had to laugh when the article referred to "the flowing ease of Flint's prose." Clearly written by either a publicist or someone who has never actually read anything by Homer Eon Flint!


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Jan. 16th, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
Almost all I know about Homer Eon Flint, I learned from Damon Knight.
Jan. 16th, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
Which is fine. I'm just glad that those of us with more interest in Flint will have easier access to his work. It turns out I'm not much good at hunting up ancient Munsey magazines.
Jan. 16th, 2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
Perhaps more responsively, here's Bleiler's judgment in Science Fiction: The Early Years: "In many ways the outstanding writer of s-f in the Munsey pulp magazines." Take that, Edgar Rice Burroughs! (I'd actually say that Murray Leinster's Munsey SF is better, but Bleiler doesn't agree.)
Jan. 18th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
You might like to know that Libravox are currently working on a spoken word version of The Lord of Death and the Queen of Life. Libravox is doing sterling work this way, adding more and more work by pulp authors to their website. They've recorded about a dozen Murray Leinster pieces, for example, including The Runaway Skyscraper and The mad Planet.
Jan. 18th, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
So is this a fannish outfit?
Jan. 24th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Not at all, as far as I can tell it's a loose community of people keen to see their favourite reading material made more accessible http://librivox.org/. Not surprisingly this seems to include quite a few fans of old fashioned science fiction (there's no other way to explain the recent addition of Ray Cummings' The Girl in the Golden Atom). All that is required is for a piece to be in the public domain and that there be somebody willing to produce an acceptable spoken word version of it. Not surprisingly the Librivox catalogue is somewhat eclectic.
Jan. 25th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
Ah okay, I think I understand better now. Very interesting. Almost another wiki kind of thing.
Jan. 25th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
Yes, the same philosophy of community construction as a wiki.
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