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date: 22 September 2019

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Science fiction in the pulps is more complex than it has traditionally been given credit for. More science fiction appeared outside the SF pulps than inside them, and the tropes, motifs, and themes of pulp science fiction were broader and more complex than the science fiction of the SF pulps. This chapter discusses the similarities and differences between the science fiction that appeared in SF pulps and the science fiction that appeared outside them. The story of science fiction in the pulps is not one of linear chronological development but of two competing communities. That the SF pulps came to dominate pulp science fiction after World War II does not mean that the science fiction published outside the SF pulps did not exist, or that it did not present alternative definitions of science fiction outside the influence of pulp editors such as Hugo Gernsback and John W. Campbell Jr.

Keywords: Science Fiction, Pulp Magazines, Science Fiction Pulps, Hugo Gernsback, John W. Campbell, Jr.

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