Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Fallout from "Cowboys and Aliens"

With the long-anticipated debut of the movie "Cowboys and Aliens" coming by the end of this month, I've been wondering whether it will create any more interest in the Weird West S-F genre.

That interested already seems to be increasing. In the July issue of Redstone SF, Henry Cribb has a column entitled "Cowboys and Aliens and Time-Travel, Oh My! – Tall-Tech Tales from the Weird Wild West.

In the course of his investigation he found Science Fiction Trails, and he had kinds words for "A Djinn for General Houston":

"Lou Antonelli, whose stories are collected in Fantastic Texas and Texas and Other Planets, also has a reprint in issue #5. In “A Djinn for General Houston” (originally appearing in Surprising Stories), the narrator spins a delectable yarn about antediluvian technology, offering to tell the ‘true’ story of the ‘Yellow Rose’ of Texas and the defeat of Santa Anna (and gives a reasonable scifi explanation for Aladdin’s lamp along the way). "

If you want to read the entire article, head thisaway.

1 comment:

  1. Yes indeed, the interest in western sci fi is suddenly quite strong. I'm not sure how long it will last.

    David B. Riley
    Science Fiction Trails


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