Review of “The Pygmy Planet” (1932)


Jack Williamson (writer).

Read in 2022.

Crowded with the stereotypes of contemporary pulp SF: The everyman boy getting close to a pretty girl in an abrupt adventure; her peril in the effort to save the father (prospectively: in law); the use of SFF premises for a spectacle adjacent to the visual; and a power fantasy so extreme that it ends with the killing of a god and the smashing of a planet. The premises are also typically wasteful, involving apparently separate distortions of both time and space without biophysical repercussions.

References here: “Reiko’s Universe Box” (1981).

text fiction