Final Blackout is as perfect a piece of science fiction as has ever been written.”
– Robert Heinlein

“A landmark classic! It has been remembered through the decades as one of the all-time memorable classics of the science fiction field.”
– Robert Bloch


     Once in the field, commands of the remains of an army were lost to “all causes and connections,” with faith in nothing beyond their lieutenant. Yet he was, “after all, a highly satisfactory god. He fed them, clothed them, and conserved their lives – which was more than any other god could have done.” If the enemy is clearly fascist, the socialists are no ally. Nevertheless, the work is not a political statement; it is anti-war, and inevitably sparked no small controversy on that eve of international mobilization.

“I particularly like Typewriter in the Sky because it was such a skillful parody of adventure fiction and was written with a great deal of lightness and touch which you didn’t get much in those days.”
– James Gunn
Science Fiction Historian, Professor of Literature

“An adventure story written in the great style adventure should be written in.”
– Clive Cussler


     Concurrently, or nearly so, we find another sort of LRH work from the period, the adult fantasy. If the genre was tentatively approached by that teleporting Professor Mudge, it is first fully realized with “The Ultimate Adventure.” Telling of a thoroughly modern trek into the realm of A Thousand and One Nights, the story was the first of several to tap the world of Arabian myth and played no small part in Street & Smith’s founding of Unknown – that most memorable of all fantasy vehicles, and expressly launched to accommodate the likes of the LRH tale.

“Slaves of Sleep became a sort of buzzword. There are bits and pieces from Ron’s work that became part of the language in ways that very few other writers imagined.”
– Frederik Pohl


      On the heels of “The Ultimate Adventure,” and also for the pages of Unknown, came the similarly inspired, “Slaves of Sleep.” Again the setting is that never-never world of the Arabian Nights, and again the protagonist is thoroughly modern – in this case, a shipping clerk condemned to a simultaneous existence in parallel realms. Described as a prototypic tale of alternate dimensions, the work inspired much imitation; hence, the J. W. Campbell note to LRH: “I’ve been telling a few of the boys to read Washington Irving as an example of pure fantasy...and adding that they aren’t to do Arabian Nights because the field is preempted by you.” As of midsummer, 1940, however, LRH sights had already settled on still higher ground, and not easily followed.


Ole Doc Methuselah resonates with the hum of high energy, captivating characters and great adventure...a cornucopia of fabulous adventure, wonderful characters and great fun.”
– Roddy McDowall

The Golden Age continued...

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