Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Pulp Years of Lou Antonelli

There was a thread on the Asimov's discussion board this week devoted to yours truly. I've copied and pasted it here. I really am kinda honored:
Asimov's Message Board: General Discussion: The Pulp Years of Lou Antonelli
By Okie on Friday, March 30, 2007 - 08:24 pm:

I have enjoyed everything I've read by Lou Antonelli. You can kind of picture him, hunched over an old typewriter, just toiling away.

Then, I just ran across something he wrote in this forum a little over five months ago, in which he mentioned he had written 56 stories in the past four years.

But, what was interesting to me was when he wrote: "I probably would have loved the old pulp magazine days."

Now, we are enjoying the pulp years of Lou Antonelli. May there be many more to come!


By Lou Antonelli on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 07:04 am:

The blog "No Fear of the Future" a few weeks ago, under the entry "Bring On the Cool Nerds" by Chris Nakashima-Brown, discussed some of the people who were eligible for the Campbell nomination this year, and called me "The heir to the penny a word pulps".

I guess I like that style because I grew up long enough ago that some of those pulp magazines were still around and being thumbed through (I was 12 in 1969). By the time I was reading s-f, the old Ace doubles from the 1950s were being discarded or donated. When I was in sixth grade my classroom had a bunch of old Ace doubles in its library. I thought they were cool!

I don't know what a good definition of "pulp writer" is, but my personal take is that it's someone who's prolific and who values entertainment above morals or message. By that definition, I guess I qualify.

I'm hardly unique in writing often and fast. Joe Lansdale has written 200 short stories in 30 years. Like Joe did when he was young, I don't mind having stories printed in small mags. It helps develop a fan base, and now that Joe's a big writer, he can assemble collections on any topic at the drop of a hat. If I have as much money as Joe does at the same point in my career, I'll be VERY happy.

I's 7 a.m. in East Texas and the rain is COMING DOWN. I live in the northeast corner of the state, bordering Arkansas. Oklahoma is only 20 miles away. BTW, Okie, where are you at???

Lou Antonelli, his own self

By James A. Ritchie on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 10:24 am:

I've enjoyed everything Lou Antonelli has written, too. And I'm envious as hell of his writing speed, and his writing quality.

By Okie on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 10:29 am:


Everything I said was intended to be complimentary. I also agree with the things in your reply concerning pulp writing.

I turned 21 in 1969, so I grew up in the late 50s and early 60s where I was reading all the sf mags, indeed just about all American sf coming out at that time.

I'm a huge fan of the old pulp style.

As far as where I am, my smart-ass answer is ... sitting in front of the computer.

For a better answer (maybe only a little better) refer to a thread I started yesterday titled: Where Do You Live? (approximately).

I may e-mail you when CON-estoga gets a little closer. I've never attended but I may take the opportunity to go meet you this year.

I'm going to close by giving you my first total endorsement I've given anyone. I confer upon you the Okie-dokie.


By Lou Antonelli on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 01:20 pm:

Okie -

I knew everything you said was complimetary - although on the internet, sometimes one say stuff that, without the usual visual cues or tones, can be misintepreted.

Thanks for the Okie-Dokie. I am unworthy of such an honor - but I will acept it. Glad you like my stuff.

Thanks, too, to James. You once said as much in a personal e-mail.

Last weekend I was on a panel at Aggiecon at Texas A&M University in College Station. The subject was "How to Write Short Stories".

I said that I got the writing down by working as a journalist for 30 years. My problems are plot, characters and ideas - just the minor stuff. I've never had an editor tell me a story was badly written.

But there's a drawback - I'm not used to people having an opinion about what I write. If you're a journalist, a story is either accurate or it's not.

Still, thanks for the kind comments. And the webzine Darker Matter has posted its April issue, which includes my story "Avatar".

It's a weird little tale that combines alternate history with secret history. And no, I wasn't smoking any strange green weeds when I wrote it.
Hope you like it. And "The Amerikaan Way" is still on Atomjack.

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