The Exile of Time – Editor’s Notes

The Exile of Time comes from that great age of the pulp science fiction magazines, the thirties, when intrepid adventurers faced ravenous monsters and murderous robots in exotic locations throughout the universe.  During this period, Ray Cummings was one of the best known of the pulp authors cranking out tales with titles such as The Girl in the Golden Atom, Brigands of the Moon and Beyond the Vanishing Point.

This was an age of Super-Science.  Stories were full of fantastic inventions loosely based on the scientific headlines of the day.  It was a time of real marvels.  In less than a generation the world had turned from one powered by the horse and steam to one dominated by electricity and airplanes.  And the readers of that day had every reason to expect the progress to continue.

Radioactivity was still viewed as something wonderful.  Electricity was fast transforming people’s lives.  Gadgets and machines were entering the home promising to relieve the drudgery of everyday existence.  Anything seemed possible.  Why couldn’t there be robots?  Why might someone not invent a death ray?  Why couldn’t man travel to the planets and beyond?

This was the backdrop against which Cummings wrote his stories, a world of wonder and adventure, but also a world of danger.  It was his ability to capture both aspects that ensured Cummings’s popularity during this period.  His stories are laced with heros escaping one peril after another with all the pacing of a Saturday afternoon serial at the cinema.  While he was more than willing to use the jargon and trappings of science in his stories, he never allowed it to get in the way of the plot.

Unlike many of his contemporaries of the pulp age, Cummings kept writing after the thirties.  His abilities as a story teller assured that he would always be able to find an audience.  While he may not have been as adroit at changing with the times as some, he still kept publishing until his death in 1957.

Ray Cummings was one of the founders of the genre, and important figure in its history.  For this reason, Resurrected Press is proud to bring you the epic tale The Exile of Time as it first appeared in the pages of Astounding Stories in 1931.

About the Author

Ray King Cummings (August 30, 1887-January 23, 1957) was one of the leading science fiction authors during the pulp age.  He initially worked as a technical writer for Thomas Edison before turning to fiction.  He was a prolific author, writing over 750 novels and short stories during his career.  During the 30’s his works were a staple of Astounding Stories magazine.  His most famous novel was The Girl in the Golden Atom published in 1922.  He also wrote under the names Ray King, Gabrielle Cummings, and Gabriel Wilson.  He continued writing up until his death in 1957.

 Greg Fowlkes
Resurrected Press

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