Cosmic Patrol owes its existence to a number of talented and visionary people who, in one manner or another, provided the spark for the game. If you’re looking for inspiration, want to see out some astounding art or read some amazing fiction, check out the resources below. This will be an evolving list that we add to as time allows.

(in no particular order)(* = required reading/viewing, seriously. Or else.)


E.E. “Doc” Smith

The Lensmen series*
A Skylark of Space series
Galaxy Primes
Spacehounds of IPC

Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Barsoom Series*

Leigh Brackett

Eric John Stark Series*
The Starmen
The Ark of Mars
The Teleportress of Alpha C

Isaac “Sideburns” Asimov

The Foundation Series*
The Robot Series
The Galactic Empire Series
The Gods Themselves
The End of Eternity

Robert Heinlein

Starship Troopers*
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Have Space Suit, Will Travel
Red Planet

Philip K. Dick

Clans of the Alphane Moon
Martian Time-Slip
The Defenders

Ray Bradbury

The Martian Chronicles
The Veldt
A Sound of Thunder

Robert E. Howard

The Conan the Barbarian Series*
The Kull Series
The Solomon Kane Series
The Bran Mak Morn Series

Arthur C. Clarke

The Space Odyssey Series*
Rendezous with Rama
The Sands of Mars

Harry Harrison

The Deathworld Series
The Stainless Steel Rat Series
The Bill, the Galactic Hero Series
Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers

John Russel Fearn

Many short stories

E.C. Tubb

The Dumarest Saga
The Cap Kennedy Series
The Space-Born
I Fight for Mars
Saturn Patrol
Moon Base

Theodore Sturgeon

A Saucer of Loneliness
More Than Human

Larry Niven

The Known Space Series

H. Beam Piper

The Little Fuzzy Series
Space Viking

Philip Palmer

Red Claw

Stephen Marlowe

The Graveyard of Space
Slaves to the Metal Horde

Poul Anderson

The Psychotechnic League
Tomorrow’s Children

Fletcher Pratt

By Space Ship to the Moon

John Murray Reynolds

The Golden Amazons of Venus
Goddess of the Moon

L. Sprague DeCamp

Lest Darkness Fall
A Gun for Dinosaur
The Viagens Interplanetarias Series
Genus Homo

Frank Belknap Long

Space Station #1

Clifford D. Simak

The Cosmic Engineers
Project Mastodon

A. E. van Vogt

The Voyage of the Space Beagle
Rogue Ship
The World of Null-A

John W. Campbell

The Ultimate Weapon
The Black Star Passes

Philip Francis Nowlan

Armageddon 2419 A.D.
The Airlords of Han

Stanislaw Lem

Man From Mars
The Magellanic Cloud


Norman Saunders

Kelly Freas

Alexander Leydenfrost

Ron Turner

Frank R. Paul

Jack Coggins

Virgil Finlay

Harry Kirchner

J. Allen St. John

Ed Emshwiller

Alex Schomburg

Chesley Bonestell

Wally Wood

Earle Bergey

Hannes Bok

Alex Raymond


Radio, TV & Movies

X Minus One

Dimension X

Space Patrol

Beyond 2000

The Outer Limits

Tales of Tomorrow

Twilight Zone

Tom Corbett, Space Cadet

Publications, Publishers and Editors

Hugo Gernsback

Street & Smith

Galaxy Science Fiction

Thrilling Wonder Stories

Astounding Science Fiction

Planet Stories

Astonishing Stories

Startling Stories

Amazing Stories

Science Wonder Stories

Fantastic Adventures

Uncanny Tales


Super Science Stories

Dynamic Science Fiction

Miracle Science & Fantasy

Captain Future

Marvel Science Stories

Space Busters


Decoder Ring Theatre

Lightspeed Magazine

Asimov’s Science Fiction

Analog Science Fiction & Fact


Mars McCoy, Space Ranger

Planetary Stories

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  1. 1

    Awesome list! But how could you forget Tom Corbett, Space Cadet?

    A couple of what I think are worthy additions to the Modern section:

    Mars McCoy, Space Ranger—vol-one/15359716:

    And a great online magazine which specializes in this kind of pulp science-fiction

    Planetary Stories

    Thanks for what seems sure to be a great game. When can we expect its release?

  2. 2

    BlindGeek #, thanks for those great suggestions…the page has been updated!

  3. Star*Master #

    There’s a lot on this list that I haven’t read nor even heard of, but a few that I have that may slipped through the cracks:

    Edmund Hamilton
    You listed Captain Future, created by Mort Weisinger and mostly written by Edmund Hamilton, but what about his Star Wolf?

    Another favorite of mine is Alan E. Nourse. Raiders From the Rings is very pulp/space opera style, and then there’s his Star Surgeon books.

    And what about James Blish’s Cities In Flight series, The Haertel Scholium series, The Seedling Stars series and The Duplicated Man. Since he coined the phrase “gas giant”, he should certainly be on this list for that alone!

  4. Storm #

    How could you omit Stanislav Lem? Basically all his books are so much retro-style SciFi with nuclear rockets and all this cool stuff – a definitive must read!!!

  5. 5

    Fixed…thanks for pointing him in our direction, Storm.

  6. wlewisiii #

    Regarding Edmund Hamilton – The Star Kings & Return to the Stars. Two of the greatest pulps ever written. Starwolf is only just good compared to these and it’s in the top 10. To forget him is to miss the point of this kind of SF. Since you have his wife, Leigh Brackett on your list, it makes his omission all the more puzzling.

    If, buy some sad chance, this is due to not having read his work, then do so. Now. You won’t regret a single second.

  7. Andy Tucker #

    Don’t forget Andre Norton, especially her “Solar Queen” series.

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