Sunday, January 31, 2010

DimeNovels

"The 2 May 1991 issue of The Washington Times reports that Randy Bird of Portland, Oregon is attempting to revive the "dime novel" paperback. He plans to publish 12 novellas each month, including pulp-type science fiction.
Bird's company, called DimeNovels, will pay $2000 for a completed manuscript plus 2% of the gross. He plans a press run of 100,000 copies per book.
DimeNovels has written guidance for wannabe authors. Who knows where this could lead!"...

This was a short-lived publishing attempt 1990-1992 that issued 18 imprints only.  They reprinted two novellas by the great Robert Sheckley: "Mind Warp and Alien Starswarm."  A selection from their covers:


5 comments:

Chris Creel said...

Inspiring and challenging. Thanks for this insightful post, again!

Journalizer said...

Awesome sampling of sci fi cover art.
Thanks

... too bad DimeNovels is no longer...

Lord of the Green Dragons said...

Yeah. I only referenced this as due to wonderment, an afterthought after so many years, really. A worthy idea due to the range of pulp fiction genres covered in their tiles, which just about covered them all.

Rhuvein said...

Hmmm, I know Sheckley but can't think of what I may have read . . . ahh, mebbe a short story. Leme look.

Love SciFi!!

Rhu. :-)

Rhuvein said...

OMGosh, yes.

I took a sci-fi (English) class in junior college. And we read and discussed his short story, "Specialist" from the book of sci-fi shorts called . . The Mirror of Infinity. Great book, almost every short is fantastic!!
OK, so that was in '73/'74 - time for a re-read!! :-D