Archive for December, 2010

Rejection!

December 18, 2010

Dear Dr. Pizza:

Thank you for sending “Singularity” to the Minnesota Review. Unfortunately,
we are not able to accept your submission for the upcoming issue.

At least three members of our creative writing editorial board, housed at
Virginia Tech, read each submission. Since we receive a large volume of
submissions for each issue, a relative few make it past the first round.

We appreciate the opportunity to consider your work and wish you all the
best.

Sincerely,
The Minnesota Review Creative Writing Editorial Board

Editor’s Note

December 2, 2010

Osiris Flint: Government Man of Action! was created by Percy G Fickleweater during the heyday of Pulp Heroes, the late 1920s and 1930s. Published under the Gaslight imprint of Watch Tower Press, the original Government Man of Action! series consisted of 49 bimonthly episodes. Although others, writing as Fickleweater, would later attempt to revitalize the Government Man of Action!, none were as successful as the original run of the actual Fickleweater.

Fickleweater himself was something of an enigmatic recluse. Little is known about his personal life. Through his writings, we know of his fascination with anachronistic technologies. But was he a military man himself? There is speculation that Fickleweater is simply the name assigned to whomever wrote the various Government Man of Action! stories. Others believe that Fickleweater is the pseudonym to allow a more noteworthy writer—like Hemingway, or Dos Passos—to indulge in low culture without tarnishing their reputation. Still others believe that Fickleweater was a foreigner, perhaps a Franco sympathizer or a Trotskyite (though this belief was mostly held by Fickleweater’s detractors and the decriers of pulp fiction in general). Regardless of the truth, there is no denying the contribution that Fickleweater’s creation had on the world of Pulp Heroes.

Osiris Flint holds his own against the great heroes, like The Shadow, Doc Savage, or Secret Agent X. Flint’s adventures were not set against the contemporary stage, but rather after the civil war. While the other heroes were battling with the after effects of World War One and the Spanish Civil War, Flint was defending America from enemies within. The national rift created by the Civil War served up plenty of fodder for Fickleweater’s hero. Whether addressing the scars of slavery or protecting Oil and Steel Barons like Carnegie and Morgan from sinister plots. The sense of nostalgia paired with the aforementioned anachronistic technology helped to distinguish Flint from the rest.

The following text contains two of Flint’s more beloved adventures: His origin tale, Adventure No.1: Osiris Flint: Government Man of Action!, and Adventure No.3: Hell’s Boiling Over!. Fear not, dear reader, we did not do as L. Sprague de Camp did to Robert E. Howard’s masterpieces. The texts are unaltered and faithful to their original run. No additional editing has been done. They are recreated here, in print for the first time in over 50 years, exactly as Percy G Fickleweater intended them.

 

Michael C. Peterson

Editor