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This trip was ordered by the great Elders of Nor themselves. I was to capture and bring to trial that unwise but accomplished fiend, Sathanas, Ruler of the planet Satana. Sathanas, though a younger member of the God Race, had started his own private revolt against all authority - and the dicta of the Elders are not so lightly flaunted by any upstarts a few score centuries old. Excerpt The pursuit needle indicated a dizzy succession of zigs and zags in front of my straining eyes. The huge dread-nor, the Darkome, slewed in sickening curves as my hand on the swivel-jet stick tried to follow the crazily dancing needle. Was it - or was it not - the erratic ion trail of a dodging ship?
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Classical Science Fiction awaits the reader with three stories to excite and inspire your imagination. Travel to Venus and Mars and places beyond with these stories.
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The Dom had a triple crown, and it was by a strange circumstance indeed that he set it on Green Wing's heads! Excerpt Meloa T, her name, upon the band of her carnival bonnet, as was the custom. For who knows who, when the mad gaiety sweeps in tides of mirth, mingling all? She stood, looking down, brooding with anger strange there above all the laughter and the skirl of music in the wide plaza below.
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"The Shaver Mystery," by Richard S. Shaver, is perhaps the most controversial piece of science fiction ever written. Supposedly a true story, it is widely considered to be the nadir of science fiction literature, the “Plan 9 From Outer Space” of the whole genre. Some people considered Richard Shaver to be a genius, but most others considered him and his editor, Ray Palmer, to be two of the biggest blights to have ever entered the field of professional science fiction writing.
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“The Shaver Mystery,” by Richard S. Shaver, is one of the wildest pieces of science fiction you will ever read. Amazing Stories editor Ray Palmer billed it as “the most sensational true story ever told.” Shaver’s “true” stories did cause quite a stir when they came out back in the 1940s.
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The Shaver Mystery, Book Three” by Richard S. Shaver is another installation of some of the most bizarre science fiction ever written. This latest volume contains two of Shaver’s most outrageous novels, “Thought Records of Lemuria” and “The Masked World.” Shaver’s “true” stories caused quite a controversy when they first appeared by in the 1940s.
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“The Shaver Mystery, Book Four” by Richard S. Shaver. Welcome back to the world of Richard Sharpe Shaver. In this volume you’ll get to meet an ancient race of god-like Norwegian folks, frozen while eating dinner thousands of years ago, who are unthawed just in time to finish their dinner and unintentionally help the Nazi’s conquer Norway - sort of.
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It’s another collection of the far-out tales of Richard S. Shaver. It was said that as each year went by, Richard S. Shaver’s writings became much more readable, more “relaxed.” But “The Fall of Lemuria,” a Shaver ditty from 1949, is anything but that. It is truly one of the most phantasmagorical tales you’ll ever read. Yet it is strangely compelling in its own Shaverish way. You won’t be able to put it down.
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Armchair fiction presents extra large paperback editions of the best in classic science fiction novels. Well, here we are with book six of our “Shaver Mystery” series. There’s no question that the stories and articles included in this edition are as wild as anything Dick Shaver ever wrote - so you won’t be disappointed! First off is an editorial from the July, 1958 issue of Fantastic.
There is no information on Richard Sharpe Shaver's education and what kind of training he had come through to be able to create his works.
Little is reliably known about Richard Sharpe Shaver’s early life. According to Shaver, in 1932, while working on an assembly line at a factory, he developed telepathic abilities that gave him insight into “malign entities in caverns deep within the earth.” According to author Michael Barkun, Shaver gave inconsistent accounts of how he first learned of the hidden cavern world, but the assembly line story was the “most common version.” Shaver said he then quit his job and became a hobo for a period. In 1934, according to Barkun, “Shaver was hospitalized briefly for psychiatric problems but there does not appear to have been a clear diagnosis.”
In 1943, Shaver wrote to the editors of Amazing Stories, claiming to have discovered an ancient Proto-World language he called Mantong. When one editor threw away Shaver’s letter, Ray Palmer retrieved it and contacted Shaver. Shaver claimed that in Mantong, which was the source of all earthly language, each sound had a hidden meaning, and, by applying a formula to any word in any language, one could decode a secret meaning from any word, name, or phrase.
Over the course of their correspondence, Shaver described a race of aliens who had populated caves within the Earth before fleeing the planet, though not without leaving behind two groups of offspring - one, the “Teros,” a benevolent humanoid group, and the other, “Deros,” or “detrimental robots,” a sadistic group that tortured and ate humans. Women, especially, were treated brutally by the Deros. (Shaver claimed to have been held prisoner by the Deros for several years, though Palmer later stated that, in fact, Shaver had been in a mental institution.) These alien races were explained in detail in a 10,000-word document titled “A Warning to Future Man,” which Palmer edited and rewrote, cutting much of the sadomasochistic content toward women, though he claimed that he remained true to Shaver’s vision. Palmer re-titled the now 31,000-word manuscript “I Remember Lemuria!” and published it in the March 1945 issue of Amazing Stories.
The issue sold out. Palmer claimed to have received thousands of letters in response from people who claimed to have experienced similar things. According to Barkun, the circulation of the magazine increased from about 135,000 to 185,000. “Shaver Mystery Club” societies were created in several cities. The controversy gained some notice in the mainstream press at the time, including a mention in a 1951 issue of Life magazine.
For the next few years, much of the content of Amazing Stories was related to the Shaver Mystery, though many science fiction fans disapproved, even organizing letter-writing campaigns in protest. Palmer printed a number of critical or skeptical letters sent to him, and he and other contributors occasionally rebutted or replied to such letters in print. Bruce Lanier Wright notes, “The young Harlan Ellison, later a famously abrasive writer, allegedly badgered [Palmer] into admitting that the Shaver Mystery was a ‘publicity grabber’; when the story came out, Palmer angrily responded that this was hardly the same thing as calling it a hoax.” Critics of the “Shaver Mystery” were quick to point out that its author was suffering from several of the classic symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia.
In 1948, Amazing Stories discontinued publishing Shaver’s stories due to decreased sales. Palmer continued publishing Shaver’s work in The Hidden World, and Shaver and his wife produced the Shaver Mystery Magazine irregularly for some years.
Shaver moved to Summit, Arkansas, in the mid-1960s with his wife, Dottie. During the 1960s and 1970s, now living in obscurity, Shaver claimed to have discovered physical evidence of the aliens in certain “rock books” embedded with pictures and texts. He wrote about, photographed, and made paintings of the images he found in these “rock books” for years, going so far as to create a lending library through the mail, sending to the borrower a slice of polished agate with a detailed description of what writings, drawings, and photographs were archived inside the stone.
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"Shaver had spent eight years not in the Cavern World, but in a mental institution." - Raymond A. Palmer, Shaver's editor and publisher
Literary critics of the 'Shaver Mystery' pointed out that its author was suffering from several of the classic symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia. Richard Sharpe Shaver's publisher Ray Palmer revealed in 1975 that he indeed had been treated for this decrease in a mental hospital.
Richard Sharpe Shaver married an art teacher and artist Sophie Gurvitch with whom he had a daughter Evelyn Ann Shaver. After the death of his first wife, he married Dorothy Erb.