Author(s): Fred Nadis
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.
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 Monthly" and other magazines. He is the author of "Wonder Shows: Performing Science, Magic, and Religion in America." Nadis has a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in California.