Happened upon a really cool SF blog today called Prehistoric Pulp.
I’m not sure the identity of the blogger, but the site is dedicated to “fantastic fiction about dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, with reviews, cover blurbs and news about upcoming works.”
Now, I dig dinosaurs (n’yuk, n’yuk, n’yuk) but I had no idea there were so many stories out there involving dinos and prehistoric animals (the megafauna for which I may even have more fascination than the terrible lizards), let alone enough to blog regularly about. I know that around the time of the first Jurassic Park movie there was a kind of dino chic in SF, with a number of dino-themed anthologies coming out, but no idea the numbers both before and after. The only other instances I was really aware of were Ray Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder” (which, along with his stories “The Dragon” and “The Fog Horn”, completely blew my 10-year-old mind) and Rob Sawyers’ Quintaglio Ascension.
When you think about it, with the whole palette of time and space to play with, why not do SF stories about dinosaurs, right?
Anyway, my hat’s off to the dedicated blogger–they clearly have a love for all things dino- and prehistoric SF, tracking down and reading what are some really obscure titles. Well done.
I have a vague possible idea for an SF novel of first contact and environmentalism that involves human exploration of a planet dominated by dinosaur-like creatures and (for lack of a better explanation right now) sentient giant white apes…so maybe you’ll see a book by me on Prehistoric Pulp some day.