The rollicking true story of the legendary writer and editor who ruled over America's fantasy and supernatural pulp journals in the mid-twentieth century, and shaped today's UFO and sci-fi cultures: Ray Palmer.
Meet Ray Palmer. A hustler, a trickster, and a visionary. The hunchbacked Palmer, who stood at just over four feet tall, was nevertheless an indomitable force, the ruler of his own bizarre sector of the universe. Armed with only his typewriter, Palmer changed the world as we know it – jumpstarting the flying saucer craze; frightening hundreds of thousands of Americans with 'true' stories of evil denizens of inner earth; and reporting on cover-ups involving extraterrestrials, the paranormal, and secret government agencies.
As editor for the ground-breaking sci-fi magazine Amazing Stories and creator of publications such as Other Worlds, Imagination, Fate, Mystic, Search, Flying Saucers, Hidden World, and Space Age, Palmer pushed the limits and broke new ground in science fiction publishing in the 1940s and 1950s—and was reviled for it by purists who called him 'the man who killed science fiction.'
In the first-ever biography devoted to the figure who molded modern geek culture, pulp scholar Fred Nadis paints a vivid portrait of Palmer—a brilliant, charming, and wildly willful iconoclast who helped ignite the UFO craze, convinced Americans of hidden worlds and government cover ups, and championed the occult and paranormal.
Palmer overcame serious physical handicaps to become the most significant editor during the 'golden age' of pulp magazines; he rebelled in his own inimitable way against the bland suburban vision of the American Dream; he concocted new literary genres; and he molded our current conspiracy culture decades before The X-Files claimed that the truth was out there.
About the Author
Fred Nadis has been a visiting associate professor of American Studies at Doshisha University in Japan, as well as a freelance journalist, publishing articles in The Atlantic and other magazines. He has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
"The sci-fi pulps made a lasting imprint, as Fred Nadis shows in his entertaining "The Man From Mars..".Mr. Nadis does not take sides in what was once a civil war among the fans but reminds them that there was more than one mighty editor back in the Golden Age." --Tom Shippey, WALL STREET JOURNAL "One of science fiction's greatest gadflies gets his due in this lively and entertaining biography. Nadis quotes liberally from [Richard A. Palmer's] editorials and readers letters to piant a vivid portrait of the postwar science fiction scene and fan culture."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "He produces a vivid cultural history, capturing subtle transformations in American attitudes through an examination of the voluble Palmer's career and writings."--KIRKUS REVIEWS "The author paints a story of a larger-than-life writer, editor, and publisher whose unorthodox methods propelled a nascent genre of tales, conspiracies, and other worlds into high visibility." --LIBRARY JOURNAL "He [Palmer] was surely one of the most distinctive characters to grace (some would say, disgrace) the science fiction field in the past century. Fred Nadis' book does him justice, and will provide invaluable insights into the science fiction world of the pulp era" --Richard A. Lupoff, "Locus Magazine" "Lucidly written and unfailingly lively, "THE MAN FROM MARS" is a biography worthy of its subject. Nadis never stoops to lazy hyperbole...but maintains his balance and his sense of nuance." --"Fate Magazine" (originally founded by Ray Palmer) "Brisk, entertaining accounts of the beginnings of the science-fiction genre and the zealous fandom it inspired, as well as the complicated relationships between fans and related subcultures devoted to UFOs, the paranormal, and New Age spirituality." --"Los Angeles Review of Books" "Palmer could not have asked for a more sympathetic chronicler, or a better one, than Fred Nadis. His p
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 27th August 2014
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.5 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 23.0