Dive into an Archive of Vintage Pulp Magazines

I spend a lot of time at the Internet Archive. Any why wouldn’t I? They have music, podcasts, newspapers, magazines, video games and so much more. Recently my attention has turned to their vast collection of literature in the public domain, especially their The Pulp Magazine Archive.

Pulp magazines (often referred to as “the pulps”), also collectively known as pulp fiction, refers to inexpensive fiction magazines published from 1896 through the 1950s.

Filled with thousands of magazines, all of which you can read online or download and put on your Kindle or other e-reader, the The Pulp Magazine Archive has become my one-stop shop for bedtime reading fun. Especially great is their collection of “IF Magazine”, which has become an obsession lately. It is fulled with gems from amazing writers, most of which I had never heard of before. Not familiar with “IF?”

If was an American science fiction magazine launched in March 1952 by Quinn Publications, owned by James L. Quinn. The magazine was moderately successful, though it was never regarded as one of the first rank of science fiction magazines. It achieved its greatest success under editor Frederik Pohl, winning the Hugo Award for best professional magazine three years running from 1966 to 1968. If was merged into Galaxy Science Fiction after the December 1974 issue, its 175th issue overall.

So if you are a fan of the Pulp genre and especially enjoy Science Fiction, drop by The Pulp Magazine Archive.

Note for Kindle readers. Reading it online gives you a richer “pulpier” experience since, but you can download all of these files in .mobi format, which will work on your Kindle, although the formatting does not always hold up. I do not have any other E-Paper readers, but I imagine the experience will be similar.

Play the “Malcolm in the Middle” 8-bit Game in your Browser

It is a simple game, but for fans of the TV show, “Malcolm in the Middle”, this is probably the closest we are going to get to a game based on this wonderful TV show. The premise is not complex, you take the role of young Malcolm as you walk betwixt your two brothers. The only challenge is that you have to remain “in the middle”. You brothers, Dewey and Reese are not going to make this easy of course. The slow down and speed up at random and if you lose your focus for a minute you will knock into them and end your game. The distractions are pretty simple, but they work as the three boys are constantly saying things that reference the show.

This is a fun little game by Alec Robbins, who has lot of other fun diversions on his website.

Play the “Malcolm in the Middle” 8-bit Game

Congratulations to the Nerd Lunch Podcast on their 200th Episode

The folks over at Nerd Lunch have been going strong for years now and they just celebrated a major milestone, their 200th episode. In this episode, people who have sat in their much vaunted 4th chair return to praise and roast the crew. I have made multiple appearances on Nerd Lunch and contributed a segment to this very special episode.

So if you are a fan, or have not listened to the show and want an overview of what Nerd Lunch is all about, give the show a listen below and then head over to their website and dive headfirst into their other 199 episodes.

Want to get involved in upcoming Retroist Podcast “Specials”?

I have taken a break from the “specials” format of the podcast recently, but I put 3 on the schedule for this year and I am looking for folks who might want to participate. To participate you will need:

  • The ability to record yourself speaking and a decent microphone to do it on
  • A story to tell about yourself that you are willing to share with a bunch of people
  • Joy in nostalgia

Two of these specials will be related to upcoming holidays, while the other will be more general interest. If you submit a recorded segment, I cannot guarantee I will use it, but I will try to spell out exactly the format and tone before you record to reduce the likelihood of this occurring. If you are interested please email me at retroist@retroist.com and tell me a little about yourself.

Listen to the Retroist on this Week’s Nerd Lunch Podcast about Arcades


I am happy to announce that this week I am in the 4th chair of the World Famous Nerd Lunch Podcast. I join Pax, Jeeg and Shawn and we walked about a subject near and dear to my hear, Video Arcades. We talked about our earliest memories, our favorite games, Showbiz Pizza, the magic of arcade Tokens, Six-player X-men, why it is an undisputed and irrefutable fact that Mr. Do! is better than Dig Dug and much more.

This is my 3rd time appearing on the Nerd Lunch show, which I think means if I get Frequent Nerd Luncher Card they sent me punched, I am entitled to a free Nerd Lunch Beer Stein filled with Gummi Worms or any two objects from the shelf below the stein. I am leaning heavily toward the dog whistle and the over-sized novelty comb.

If you enjoy arcades and/or people talking about arcades, please give it a listen.