Meet Ray Palmer, a hustler, a trickster, and a visionary. Though diminutive—he stood at just over four feet tall—Palmer was nevertheless an indomitable force in the science fiction and supernatural pulp publishing industry of the 1940s and 50s, first as a writer and editor for Amazing Stories and then as creator of such publications as Other Worlds, Fate, Mystic, Flying Saucers, and Space Age. Pulp scholar Fred Nadis paints a vivid portrait of Palmer as the brilliant, charming, and willful iconoclast who jumpstarted the flying saucer craze, frightened thousands of Americans with “true” stories of evil denizens of inner earth, and reported on cover-ups involving extraterrestrials, the paranormal, and secret government agencies. Palmer published a series of allegedly true stories by mental patient Richard Shaver known collectively as “The Shaver Mystery” about an ancient alien race, a subterranean world inhabited by “deros” and “teros,” and diabolical machines for mind control. Palmer’s unwavering belief in the truth of the Shaver stories and his fondness for conspiracy theories may have hurt his reputation, but this fascinating volume establishes that he was an important and highly influential player in the history of UFOs and science fiction. Published at $28.95, our price only $16.95.
THE MAN FROM MARS: Ray Palmer’s Amazing Pulp Journey By Fred Nadis. 290 pages. 6x9 Hardback. Illustrated. Bibliography. Index.