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Paul Malmont

Paul Malmont works in advertising in New York City, though he lives in rural New Jersey with his wife and two children. He writes the DC Comics version of Doc Savage.

The Astounding, The Amazing, and the Unknown: On the Edge

The Astounding, the Amazing and the Unknown by Paul Malmont

In our Edge of the Universe column, we review mainstream authors that incorporate elements of speculative fiction into their “literary” work. However you want to label them, we hope you’ll enjoy discussing these books with us.]

It’s 1943 and World War II is going strong. There are rumors that the Nazis and the Japanese may be about to unleash a deadly secret weapon against America and people are afraid. But America may be able to create some secret weapons of its own, and who better to imagine and design them than the smartest science fiction writers of the age? So, under the direction of John W. Campbell (editor of the SFF magazines Astounding and Unknown), the Navy recruits Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, L. Sprague de ... Read More

More speculative fiction from Paul Malmont

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsThe Chinatown Death Cloud Peril — (2006) Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Take a journey back to the desperate days of America post the Great Depression, when the country turned to the pulp novels for relief, for hope and for heroes. Meet Walter Gibson, the mind behind “The Shadow”, and Lester Dent, creator of “Doc Savage”, as they challenge one another to discover what is real and what is pulp. The two writers are rivals, locked in a feud so bitter that not even the untimely death of fellow writer H P Lovecraft looks likely to bring about a reconciliation. But when Lovecraft’s aunt reveals the existence of a secret that may have led to her nephew’s death Gibson is caught up in an encounter with a very sinister nightwatchmen, whilst Dent and his wife soon discover that a mysterious golden statue may be about to bring them some very bad luck. And over from China there is a former warrior whose determination to vanquish his old enemy may be about to bring death to them all… “The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril” is a swash-buckling, breathtaking, romantic epic of magic and love, marriage and fatherhood, ambition and loss, and writers who never forget their deadlines, even when facing the end of the world. In its pages is a tale that deftly weaves the lives of its real life characters into a lie of outrageous proportions that just may tell the truth, but is always thrillingly, unapologetically pulp.