Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Far Reach of C. L. Moore

Pulp fiction was not just a phenomenon isolated to the 1930s Chicago publishers that C. L. Moore wrote for. The idea of cheap paper magazines spread worldwide, living on in such countries as Germany and Japan. These writers often pay homage to their forebears, hiding references in their works. While we strive to keep C. L. Moore's memory alive in America, she has been recently celebrated in Japan, with references to her works included in two classic space operas

In 2006, Haratoshi Fuuki wrote the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn series of light novels (Japanese YA pulps).  The story "In the Depths of a Gravity Well" featured a monstrous red mecha called the Shamblo, piloted by a female pilot and equipped with psychic projectors. The Shamblo's fate is the same as Shambleau's: incineration. An anime adaptation was televised in 2010.

Shamblo, Shamblo!

In 2012, studios AIC and Xebec remade the classic Space Battleship Yamato anime series (Star Blazers in the US) with Space Battleship Yamato 2199. In it, the crew of the Yamato encounters a psychic race known as Jirel aboard the space ark Shambleau. Per the Yamato Secret Files #03:
The Jirellians are an exceptionally talented race who can read people’s minds, but are now on the verge of extinction. When the two Jirellian girls Miezela Celestella and Mirenel Link were rescued by Garmillas President Dessler, it was thought that they were the only two left. However, when their mother planet was destroyed, Lerelai led a handful of survivors on a pilgrimage to Shambleau, which allowed them to avoid extinction.
The Jirellians of Yamato 2199 bear little resemblance to Jirel of Joiry, but the homage paid to C. L. Moore is evident. 

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