259 "improvements in the energy content and storage capacity of rechargeable batteries": Batteries in a Portable World: A Handbook on Rechargeable Batteries for Non-Engineers, 2nd Edition, Isidor Buchmann (Cadex Electronics, 2001) 260 "Nanotextured electrodes": "Nanostructured Electrodes and the Low-Temperature Performance of Li-Ion Batteries," Charles R. Sides and Charles R. Martin, Advanced Materials, 17, 128 (2005); "High-Rate, Long-Life Ni-Sn Nanostructured Electrodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries," J. Ha.s.soun, S. Panero, P. Simon, P. L. Taberna, and B. Scrosati, Advanced Materials, 19, 1632 (2007).
260 "silicon nanoscale wires": "High-Performance Lithium Battery Anodes Using Silicon Nanowires," C. K. Chan, H. Peng, G. Liu, K. McIlwrath, X. F. Zhang, R. A. Huggins, and Y. Cui, Nature Nanotechnology 3, 31 (2008).
260 "Nanoscale filaments woven into textiles": "Smart Nanotextiles: A Review of Materials and Applications," S. Coyle, Y. Wu, K.-T. Lau, D. DeRossi, G. Wallace, and D. Diamond, Materials Research Society Bulletin 32 (May 2007), p. 434.
260 "highly refined pharmaceutical delivery systems": "Less Is More in Medicine," A. Paul Alivisatos, Scientific American Reports 17 (2007), p. 72.
262 "Buck Rogers newspaper strips": Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Newspaper Dailies, vol. 1, 1929-1930, written by Philip Nowlan and drawn by Richard Calkins (Hermes Press, 2008).
263 "New Wiring Idea May Make the All-Electric House Come True,": Science Ill.u.s.trated (May 1949).
264 "in 1960 sales of Superman comics": The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America, David Hajdu (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008).
264 Adventure Comics # 247, written by Otto Binder and drawn by Al Plastino (DC Comics, 1958); reprinted in Legion of Superheroes Archives, vol. 1 (DC Comics, reissue edition, 1991).
265 Adventure # 321, written by Edmond Hamilton and drawn by John Forte (DC Comics, June 1964); reprinted in Showcase Presents Legion of Superheroes, vol. 1 (DC Comics, 2007).
265-266 "Similarly, over at Marvel Comics": See, for example, Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Tales to Astonish, vol. 1 (Marvel Comics, 2006) and vol. 2 (Marvel Comics, 2008); Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Tales of Suspense, vol. 1 (Marvel Comics, 2006) and vol. 2 (Marvel Comics, 2008); Amazing Fantasy Omnibus (Marvel Comics, 2007).
267 Tales to Astonish #13, "I Challenged Groot! the Monster from Planet X!" written by Stan Lee and Larry Lieber and drawn by Jack Kirby (Marvel Comics, Nov. 1960); reprinted in Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Tales to Astonish, vol. 2 (Marvel Comics, 2008).
268 Strange Tales # 90, "Orrgo . . . the Unconquerable," written by Stan Lee and Larry Lieber and drawn by Jack Kirby (Marvel Comics, Nov. 1961).
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Those wishing to compare and contrast the predictions of science fiction with the reality of science may enjoy The Science in Science Fiction: 83 SF Predictions That Became Scientific Reality, Robert W. Bly (BenBella Books, 2005); Different Engines: How Science Drives Fiction and Fiction Drives Science, Mark L. Brake and Neil Hook (Macmillan, 2008); and Follies of Science: 20th Century Visions of Our Fantastic Future, Eric Dregni and Jonathan Dregni (Speck Press, 2006).
Background information on the history of the pulp magazines can be found in Cheap Thrills: The Amazing! Thrilling! Astonishing! History of Pulp Fiction, Ron Goulart (Hermes Press, 2007); Pulpwood Days Volume One: Editors You Want to Know, edited by John Locke (Off-Trail Publications, Volume 2007); Alternate Worlds: The Ill.u.s.trated History of Science Fiction, James Gunn (Prentice-Hall, 1975); Science Fiction of the 20th Century: An Ill.u.s.trated History, Frank M. Robinson (Collectors Press, 1999); The Cla.s.sic Era of American Pulp Magazines by Peter Haining (Prion Books, 2000); Pulp Culture: The Art of Fiction Magazines, Frank M. Robinson and Lawrence Davidson (Collectors Press, 1998); and The Great Pulp Heroes by Don Hutchinson (Book Republic Press, 2007).
Those who would judge these pulps by their cover will find many excellent collections of the enduring artwork that promoted these disposable fantasies, including Worlds of Tomorrow: The Amazing Universe of Science Fiction Art, Forrest J. Ackerman with Brad Linaweaver (Collectors Press, 2004); Sci-Fi Art: A Graphic History, Steve Holand (Collins Design, 2009); Pulp Art: Original Cover Paintings for the Great American Pulp Magazines, Robert Lesser (Gramercy Books, 1997); From the Pen of Paul: The Fantastic Images of Frank R. Paul, edited by Stephen D. Korshak (Shasta-Phoenix, 2009); Out of Time: Designs for the Twentieth Century, Norman Brosterman (Harry N. Abrams, 2000); and Fantastic Science-Fiction Art 1926-1954, edited by Lester Del Ray (Ballantine Books, 1975).
Readers interested in more information about Doc Savage and his merry band of adventurers will enjoy Philip Jos Farmer's "biography" of the great man, Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life (Doubleday, 1973); a summary of the plot of each adventure is provided in A History of the Doc Savage Adventures, Robert Michael "Bobb" Cotter (McFarland and Company, 2009); and Doc Savage's creator is profiled in Lester Dent: The Man, His Craft and His Market, by M. Martin McCarey-Laird (Hidalgo Pub. Co., 1994) and Bigger Than Life: The Creator of Doc Savage, Marilyn Cannaday (Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1990). Those interested in the secrets of the Shadow (such as his true ident.i.ty-and no, its not Lamont Cranston) can consult The Shadow Sc.r.a.pbook, by Walter B. Gibson (who wrote 284 of the 325 Shadow pulp novels, including the first 112) (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979); Gangland's Doom: The Shadow of the Pulps by Frank Eisgruber Jr. (Creates.p.a.ce, 2007); Chronology of Shadows: A Timeline of The Shadow's Exploits by Rick Lai (Creates.p.a.ce, 2007); and Pulp Heroes of the Thirties, edited by James Van Hise (Midnight Graffiti, 1994).
This is a golden age for fans of Golden Age pulps, comic strips, and comic books. There are many publishers who are reprinting, often in high-resolution, large-format hardcovers, comic strips from the 1920s and 1930s, featuring the first appearances of d.i.c.k Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, Maggie and Jiggs in Bringing Up Father, Popeye in Thimble Theater, and Walt and Skeezix in Gasoline Alley. Several volumes of Phil Nowlan's and d.i.c.k Calkin's Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Hermes Press) and Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon (Checker Press) are available. There are also hard-cover reprints of the Gold Key comics, with at least four volumes of Dr. Solar-Man of the Atom by Paul S. Newman and Matt Murphy (Dark Horse Books) in print. A string of issues of DC Comics' Strange Adventures from 1955 to 1956 has been reprinted in black and white in an inexpensive Showcase Presents volume (DC Comics, 2008). Several volumes of the Marvel Comics Tales to Astonish and Tales of Suspense from this time period are also available, in Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era hardcovers (Marvel Publishing). The pulps themselves are also returning to print, and Sanctum Productions/Nostalgia Ventures every month is publishing cla.s.sic Shadow and Doc Savage adventures from the 1930s and 1940s, often with the original interior and cover artwork reproduced. Some of the above, along with copies of Amazing Stories from the 1920s and 1930s, are available as e-books. We can now, in the present, download and read on our electronic book readers stories from the past, predicting what life would be like in the world of tomorrow. This is the future no one saw coming!
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