The Pulps series supports Chicago's bid for the 2012 Worldcon. Earlier stories in the series, both in print and online, have been contributed by Frederik Pohl, Gene Wolfe, Mike Resnick, Phyllis Eisenstein, Roland Green, Richard Garfinkle, Lois Tilton, and others. I'm glad I hadn't read any of the earlier stories before I wrote mine, or I might have been too intimidated to produce.
The stories are an homage to Chicago's past as a home to many classic publishers of pulp science fiction. The guidelines we all were given were that:
- the hero must be square-jawed and dim-witted, with B.S. for his initials;
- the heroine must be smart, capable and beautiful, with the name Elaine Ecdysiast;
- the evil-genius villain must be dastardly and scenery-chewing, with the name D. Vice;
- and the story must be set at least in part in Chicago.