- “Some Notes on Interplanetary Fiction“
- Essay (2,360 words); originally written in July 1934 for publication in one of W.L.Crawford’s magazines. First published in the Californian(Winter 1935); rpt. MWIncorporating passages from “Notes on Writing Weird Fiction,” the essay laments the generally low quality of pulp science fiction but looks to such writers as H.G.Wells and Olaf Stapledon to raise the aesthetic level of the field. HPL urges writers to regard with great seriousness the colossal emotional impact of being off the earth and in general recommends an approach that eschews conventional characters and settings, the taking for granted of marvels, and a slipshod style. HPL’s tenets surely were unknown by the next generation of “Golden Age” science fiction writers, but their work appears to embody many of his principles.
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