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Christopher Yost
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Pulp Revolution, Before The Pulp Revolution Was

In every literary movement, there comes a time when earlier works are reinterpreted in light of the new aesthetic and retroactively incorporated. It happened with New Wave, Cyberpunk, and Steampunk, and I'm doing it today with the Pulp Revolution.

Thesis: The writings of +Larry Correia are pure Pulp Revolution.

Let's run through the supporting reasoning.

1 Action Oriented: Larry writes action. Larry writes GOOD action. Larry writes action scenes that blow the top of your head off. In fact, Larry has said that if he goes 5000 words without an action scene, he starts to get twitchy and feels the need to blow something up. (Paraphrasing, obviously.)

2 Moral Core: Pulp Heroes, as +Misha Burnett wrote, act from a moral core. In Larry's stories, even the VILLAINS act from comprehensive moral codes (see "Hard Magic" and "Son of the Black Sword"). Owen Pitt, chief protagonist of the Monster Hunter series, has a definite moral code which compels him to act, and the element of romance, in both the "male-female" and "adventure" senses, are clearly a part of that series.

3 Deafness to Genre Restrictions: It is not that Larry is a rebel against arbitrary genre restrictions, it's that he simply doesn't understand them and violates them as a matter of course. The Big Book Of Genre No-No's baffles and enrages him, and like a caveman with a calculator, he beats the infuriating thing against a rock until shiny stuff falls out.

It's telling that when he set his hand to writing Epic Fantasy, what he came up with was, first, a dieselpunk-superhero-fantasy with zeppelins, ninjas, and giant mechs, a genre blend that does the pulps proud, and second a post-demon-apocalypse, India-inspired sword and sorcery setting, every bit as exotic as nearly anything you could find in the pulps.

So, while Larry isn't part of the Pulp Revolution, and has almost certainly never heard of Cirsova magazine (or even Appendix N), his writing definitely prefigured much of the elements that make it up. Larry's books partake of the spirit of the Neopulps, and for that he deserves a place of honor in the Pulp Revolution Hall of Fame.

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