While not cited as the first science fiction western — that feather belongs in the cap of 1935’s The Phantom Empire — Ghost Patrol from 1936 comes awfully close.
In Ghost Patrol, a group of criminals use a scientist’s mysterious death ray machine to blow airplanes out of the sky.
Malaria is a short film that is equal parts comic strip, Origami, spaghetti fantasy western and performance art. It tells the story of Fabiano, a young Mercenary who is hired to kill Death. And it is awesome.
Heather Massey is a lifelong fan of science fiction romance. She searches for sci-fi romance adventures aboard her blog, The Galaxy Express. She’s also an author in the subgenre, her most recent title being Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts. In her spare time, she roams the sea of stars as an automaton space pirate.
Five Ways an Automaton Gunslinger Can Improve Your Quality of Life
Traditionally we think of money, a nice house in the suburbs, a good night’s sleep, exercise, and a balanced diet as ways to improve the quality of our lives. Nine times out of ten, those strategies are pretty effective. But another option exists…one that heretofore has flown under the proverbial radar.
I’m talking about automaton gunslingers.
Mike Resnick has sent along the cover art for his upcoming novel, The Doctor and the Rough Rider: A Weird West Tale, the follow on book to The Buntline Special and The Doctor and the Kid.
Here’s the synopsis from The Book Depository:
The successful Wild West meets steampunk series continues. The battle lines are drawn: Theodore Roosevelt and Geronimo against the most powerful of the medicine men, a supernatural creature that seemingly nothing can harm; and Doc Holliday against the man with more credited kills than any gunfighter in history. It does not promise to be a tranquil summer.
Book info as per Amazon US:
- Paperback: 290 pages
- ISBN-10: 1616146907
- ISBN-13: 978-1616146900
Amazon did not have a release date, but Barnes & Noble says it’s December 4, 2012.
Hey science fiction fans…do you watch AMC’s western drama Hell on Wheels? Do you recognize the faces? Maybe that’s because you’ve seen many of them before in SciFi films and television.
Over at AMC, I’ve got a post linking the Hell on Wheels actors and actresses to SciFi properties. Check it out over at AMC’s Hell on Wheels blog.
Here’s the table of contents for Westward Weird, an original anthology of weird west tales edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes available this month from DAW.
- “The Temptation of Eustace Prudence McAllen” by Jay Lake
- “The Last Master of Aeronautical Winters” by Larry D. Sweazy
- “Lowstone” by Anton Strout
- “The Flower of Arizona” by Seanan McGuire
- “The Ghost in the Doctor” by Brenda Cooper
- “Surveyor of Mars” by Christopher McKitterick
- “Coyote, Spider, Bat” by Steven Saus
- “Maybe Another Time” by Dean Wesley Smith
- “Renn and the Little Men” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- “Shadowdown at High Moon” by Jennifer Brozek
- “The Clockwork Cowboy” by J. Steven York
- “Black Train” by Jeff Mariotte
- “Lone Wolf” by Jody Lynn Nye
REVIEW SUMMARY: A somewhat odd story that yields a pleasantly fun read.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The gunfight at the OK Corral gets the weird western treatment as it’s mixed with alternate history and a dash of zombie.
PROS: Compelling, otherworldly flavor; Resnick’s clear and tight writing style; the weirdness; Doc Holliday’s relationship with the undead Johnny Ringo.
CONS: Doc Holliday is a bit too smug for his own good; Besides Kate Elder, other characters are serviceable, but somewhat cliché.
BOTTOM LINE: A cleanly-written, fun weird western with enough fantastical elements to raise it above standard fare.