Bio: Raymond A. Palmer (1910-1977) was one of science fiction's most successful and controversial editors. When as a budding young science fiction writer he was asked to take over the helm of the moribund Amazing Stories in 1938, Palmer immediately propelled it to the number one ranking science fiction magazine in terms of sales. However, the magazine's juvenile slant (Palmer said he intended his magazine to be the steppingstone between the comic book and more mature science fiction) and Palmer's later publication of the so-called "Shaver Mystery" (1945-9), a series of lightly fictionalized stories which the author, Richard S. Shaver, claimed represented his actual, personal encounters with powerful beings in vast caverns beneath the Earth's crust. These creatures interfered for good or ill (mostly ill) with the lives of those on the surface via a series of superscientific inventions (these were supposedly the descendents of a once mighty race that had ruled the stars but degenerated when the sun's rays changed millions of years ago). The Shaver Mystery boosted Amazing's sales even further, thousands of people wrote in to recount similar experiences, and the phenomenon reached such proportions that it drew the attention of Life magazine, and other national publications. However, more serious science fiction readers and authors felt the Shaver Mystery, besides being a hoax, was making them look like kooks and the genre appear even more juvenile just as they were beginning to be taken seriously by a few mainstream critics and anthologists. So in 1949, in a palace coup led by Palmer's assistant, Howard Browne (who soon took over the top editorial job on Amazing), Brown and a number of top sf authors bearded the magazine's publisher in his den and convinced him that in the long run the company's reputation would be tarnished if he allowed the Shaver stories to continue. Faced with having his editorial hands tied for the first time in a decade during which he had piloted Amazing to the top of the sales charts, Palmer resigned to found Clark Publishing Company, which he then ran until his death in 1977.

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Black World: The Classic Space Opera
Never Reprinted Before, the SF Pulp Magazine Classic of a Female Space Pirate! A huge hit with readers when it was first serialized in Amazing Stories during the early 1940s, Golden Age pulp editor and author Raymond A. Palmer's masterwork mixes romance, interplanetary conflict, space piracy, and exotic alien worlds into the unique blend that is so emblematic of the science fiction of the period. Black World begins when John Carver of the Stellar Patrol falls for playgirl heiress Ina Malden on t... more info>>
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The Vengence of Martin Brand: The Classic Space Opera
First Time in Book Form the Classic Pulp Space Opera! From the hallowed pages of Amazing Stories in 1942, here is the first of the adult space operas. Written by the legendary, and highly controversial science fiction editor Raymond A. Palmer, The Vengeance of Martin Brand has never before appeared in any book edition. In this book, Palmer took a giant stride forward from his contemporaries, replacing the noble, uncomplicated heroes of the first space operas, with the tormented anti-hero, 'Suici... more info>>
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Toka, King Of The Dinosaurs
Straight from the pages of Fantastic Adventures magazine, and the wild days of the pulps, comes this tale of action, romance, intrigue and dinosaurs! A homage to Burroughs, and a treat to pulp and Tarzan fans, KING OF THE DINOSAURS, is a rollercoaster ride written by a master of the pulps, and editor of Fantastic Adventures, Raymond A. Palmer -- who had also published some John Carter and Carson of Venus stories by Burroughs himself! If you like adventure, dinosaurs, invading a barbarian heroi... more info>>
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