The Man from Mars

The Man from Mars[Ebook] ➨ The Man from Mars By 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 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 the Palmer changed the world as we know it –  jumpstarting the flying saucer craze; frightening hundreds of thousands of The Man PDF or 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 s and s—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. One of the better biographies I've read in recent years it's actually the first biography I've ever read about someone I actually knew and met albeit just in passing The Man from Mars details the life and publishing career of early science fiction writer editor and fan Raymond Palmer He was a somewhat divisive figure in early science fiction which really took itself far too seriously for the pulp magazine roots that spawned it Palmer was an editor for a popular pulp Amazing Stories as well as having written and edited for the legendary Hugo Gernsback known as the Father of Science Fiction He was there almost at the beginning but is relegated to a much diminished position in history because of fandom's ire After being a major proponent of the legendary Shaver Mystery as well as being rightly called the Man who Created Flying Saucers there was uite a bit of ostracism leveled toward Palmer He delved into many new age occult and Psi Fi topics over the years all of which were usually derided by the majority of SF fans who apparently preferred way too much science with their fiction This biography is excellent in that it takes no sides and strives to give a very balanced view of a very interesting individual It's uite sad that little of his original fiction is readily available today you have to search hard to find any of his fiction on the internet considering the man had his own little publishing empire in Amherst Wisconsin One of the major disappointments of my life was not to realize who that little hunchbacked man was and believing the rumors about him being an angry old nut I've always been a science fiction aficionado and into UFology since I was a wee lad How was I to know that that one of the guys responsible for two things I love doing was in my very backyard? This is a biography of one of the legendary figures in the history of science fiction fandom who went on to become a professional editor and publisher of both fiction and pseudo scientific fact and speculation In the '40s he was known for promoting the Shaver mysteries in Amazing Stories and later in his own magazines is credited for coining the phrase flying saucer and is responsible for promoting all manner of out there theories and fringe ideas It's a fascinating story and the book reserves judgment on just how much of the ideas he published he actually believed He always challenged his readers to uestion which strikes me as a very good thing The book includes many interesting photographs and reproductions of magazine and book covers The middle part of the book seemed to me to bog down a bit in too much exploration of Shaver and I felt the whole volume lacked a little depth in so far as Palmer's relationship with his family and personal life The DC Comics Atom superhero was named for him and I suspect that he would have gotten a kick out of seeing Brandon Routh playing Ray Palmer on television every week One side note I'll offer about something that struck me from the book is that several pages are devoted to discussing Bea Mahaffey a young lady from Cleveland who was a science fiction fan whom Palmer hired to work for him as an editor She did a very good job secured many fine stories despite a low budget and was well respected as an intelligent sharp and accomplished professional She was also famous in the field for being extremely attractive and Nadis mentions some of the lengths her many fans went to to express their admiration of her beauty She apparently accepted all of these attentions with a mixture of uiet pride and good humor What struck me about that was remembering an article by Mike Resnick which was published in the science fiction writer's Bulletin a few years ago in which he mentioned her editorial skills and good looks for which he was criticized and castigated and many people circulated petitions demanding that he apologize for demeaning the woman by sexualizing her etc It went on and on and turned into uite a row; apparently it's all a matter of context Anyway this is one of the interesting biographies I've read in years It was OK Palmer is a difficult subject to write about exactly because he has so many contradictions He can be dismissed a hoaxster or a true believer but that reuires throwing out too much evidence Nadis reaches this conclusion in the last couple of pages of the book which are by far the bestThe rest fo the book never rises above summarizing the admittedly vast research Nadis did But there's the rub again A lot of the book depends on Palmer's accounts but we can't always trust his accounts All the childhood stuff is tainted by Palmer's weird reconstructions of his history and interviewing his children doesn't really get around this problem More generally the book is poorly sourced which makes it frustrating at timesThere's also the problem of contextualization Nadis only does this in the most general ways The Great Depression was hard the post War years paranoid the sixties the Age of Auarius and he reifies a lot of the subjects Science fiction is a 'thing' mostly it is what was being published in Astounding and Palmer's career is judged by how well he approached this standard poorly when he was editing amazing and publishing the Shaver Mystery stuff much better when he was publishing pro gay stories in Other Worlds But clearly science fiction was heterogenous than this history suggests; it privileges the 'fans' too much and the audience not enoughNadis reports the story that while Palmer was pushing the Shaver Mystery Amazing's circulation reached 185000 First off I have yet to see good sourcing for this and Nadis does not offer any Second if it was selling that well then it did reach an audience even if self identified fans hated itAny biography of Palmer is going to hav to challenge our conventional notions of what biography can be and also the lines between fact and fiction Nadis has given this a start but this should be far from the last word Ray Palmer overcame severe injury and a lack of formal education to be a shaping force in the history of science fiction publishing Author Nadis takes us from the origin of pulp magazines focused on crime romance and sex through the rise of scientifically minded readers who didn't mind some sex and adventure but also wanted exploration of real scientific possibilities It starts out fun but takes a diveI had hoped that this book would be so exciting A huge chunk in the middle and again at the end gets utterly mired in a monotonous blow by blow of the Shaver mystery involving an underground civilization of aliens who control our fortunes and believe in weird sex torture It is important to Palmer's story as Shaver became one of his most used story writers for his magazines and also a very close friend It s not especially interesting reading beyond the first few pagesI side with the readers who felt that Palmer was taking science fiction in the wrong direction I don't enjoy the ravings of mystics and madmen I never got enthused about 'racial memory' 'alien astronauts' or abduction stories I lived through the 80s and did not succumb to New Age floof I love my science fiction laced with plausible science and a titch of exploration into the nature of human society I got to page 175 but I can't finish this book Great and engaging bio on Ray Palmer former editor of Amazing Stories Fate and a multitude of other pubs The mid point of this book almost lost me as it became as much a bio of Richard Shaver as it was of Palmer suitable given their intertwined publishing ventures interests but it got back on track and kept me reading A bit meandering toward the end but so was Palmer so it's fitting Still the man's impact on science fiction publsihing should not be underestimated even if it has been maligned for uite some time I'm embarrassed that I originally only knew Palmer's name as the secret identity of the Silver Age Atom I now stand corrected If you want a book about a fascinating and sometimes conflicting man give this a look If you're a sucker for books about writers publishing editors this should also get on your to read pile I won this in a Goodreads GiveawayA very interesting way of portrayal of a novel with its format A fascinating look at the entwined careers of Ray Palmer and Richard Shaver Highly recommended for fans of unexplained phenomena and the eternal search for truth I guess it's not too strange that while I tend to dislike biographies the ones I'm most drawn to are ones about outsiders about those on the fringes andor those who aren't afraid to upend the standard conventions of the time I can't remember when I first heard of Ray Palmer science fiction publishing forefather or of The Man From Mars which tells his tale but it's a solid workmanlike reading about a man who deserves acclaim than he gotThe book is very straightforward taking us from Ray Palmer's childhood throughout his professional activity from publishing weird tales and pulpy science fiction to his social polemics The story does a decent job covering them and is not afraid to present many of the personalities as they were in terms of the paranoid types that Palmer appealed to and drew inIf I have one complaint it's that it almost feels as if Nadis has taken the real world conspiratorial beliefs toward the end of Palmer's life he was especially fond of many right conspiracy theories as he got on in years and applied that same sort of paranoia to his earlier life Palmer at his core seemed to be a Babbian showman in a sense and was willing and able to go along with any claim or belief in order to get stories and sell periodicals Without being able to significantly examine the cited works it almost feels as if Nadis at times actually came to believe a lot of what he was publishing in these fictional magazines If Palmer truly did the book doesn't do a great job showing that shift in belief If Palmer didn't as I suspect Nadis has done Palmer's legacy at least one disservice in not making that expressly clearRegardless of my complaints this is a really solid worthwhile history of a man deserving of a lot of attention A mandatory read for people interested in the history of science fiction of sci fi publication or of the odd forgotten types of popular culture history Great subject matter but the treatment is uneven I knew a fair amount about Palmer Shaver and company before reading this but definitely found some wonders new to mesuch as the idea that Palmer and Shaver may have wished to create Shaverite Utopian communities The image of Palmer's son and Shaver working the backwoods of Wisconsin to collect rock books is like a Norman Rockwell painting from an alternate universe I was also unaware of Palmer's latter day right wing fixations which sound remarkably like the preaching of some of our prominent modern pols The flaws in the book include odd repetitions of facts sometimes within a few pages of each other which a good editor should have caught and some careless errors examples include Atom Link for Adam Link the identification of the comic book Journey into Mystery as being about mysteries in the Shaverian sense etc A few errors of that sort add up fast and reduce the overall credibility of the other research Again a good editor would have made all the difference Still a worthy book about a fascinating subject and a fair entry in the history of alternate world views in an age of conformity Can't put it any better than the reviewer Rich Meyer Palmer's life was always a challenge and was surely shaped by his back accident and operations as a child Most interesting is the drive he had in life to be successful and prove doctors wrong From his Wisconsin youth to bringing sci fiUFOoccult stories to life from Chicago publishing was a feat The turbulent pulp and paperback market caused him and a co publisher to venture into selling a skin mag and a series of they say poorly written but successful pornographic paperbacks that resulted in historic acuittal I never had an inkling of that or of the later famous sci fi writers who tried their luck in the sleazier erotic line Palmer's life tho an outcast in the sci fi circles for often leaving out the science from the stories and bringing in the unknowns of weird what ifs? is still worthy of praise for expanding the market and fighting the decline as pulps died the era of post WWII modernity and television Bravo for this readable enjoyable life of the four foot seven inch giant 4 big stars

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  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • The Man from Mars
  • Fred Nadis
  • English
  • 01 February 2014
  • 9780399160547