The 25th Golden Age of Science Fiction Megapack: 9 Novels and Stories by Raymond Z. Gallun (Golden Age of SF Megapack, Book 25)
Raymond Z. Gallun
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The Golden Age of Science Fiction Megapacks are designed to introduce readers to classic science fiction writers who might otherwise be forgotten.
Raymond Zinke Gallun (1911 - 1994) was an American science fiction writer. Gallun (it rhymes with “balloon”) was born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. He left college after one year and travelled in Europe, working a multitude of jobs in many countries in the years leading up to World War II.
He was among the earliest pulp fiction writers who specialized in science fiction, and he sold many stories to magazines in the 1930s under his own name and several pseudonyms (such as Dow Elstar, E.V. Raymond and William Callahan).
His first novel, “People Minus X” (included here) was published in 1957, followed by “The Planet Strappers” in 1961 (also included here). He was honored with the I-CON Lifetime Achievement Award in 1985 at I-CON IV; the award was later renamed The Raymond Z. Gallun Award.
About the Megapacks
Over the last few years, our “Megapack” series of ebook anthologies has proved to be one of our most popular endeavors. (Maybe it helps that we sometimes offer them as premiums to our mailing list!) One question we keep getting asked is, “Who’s the editor?”
The Megapacks (except where specifically credited) are a group effort. Everyone at Wildside works on them. This includes John Betancourt, Mary Wickizer Burgess, Sam Cooper, Carla Coupe, Steve Coupe, Bonner Menking, Colin Azariah-Kribbs, Robert Reginald. A. E. Warren, and many of Wildside’s authors… who often suggest stories to include (and not just their own!)
• “The Revolt of the Star Men” was originally published in Wonder Stories Quarterly, Winter 1932
• “The Eternal Wall” was originally published in Amazing Stories, November 1942
• “Asteroid of Fear” was originally published in Planet Stories, March 1951
• “Big Pill” was originally published in Planet Stories, September 1952
• “Return of a Legend” was originally published in Planet Stories, March 1952
• “Comet’s Burial” was originally published in Science Fiction Stories (1953)
• “Stamped Caution” was originally published in Galaxy Science Fiction, August 1953
• “People Minus X” was originally published in 1957
• “The Planet Strappers” was originally published in 1961
man. Me—naturally I’m even a lot stronger. Sometimes I just forget. But I try to be right courtly. There, I’ll rub your fingers. Hope I didn’t break no bones.” Barbara laughed a bit nervously. “No, Mr. Freeman—I’m fine,” she assured him, nodding her dark head. “Now, if you’ll tell us—” “Oh, yes—about what the world and everything is coming to,” Abel Freeman went on, his tone more languid than his eyes. “Well, matters could get mighty rough. I’ve been studying up—thinking. When I first got to
had come from someone other than those who had trailed him. But then the drill point moved forward. From behind it stepped several men, wearing the trim vacuum armor of Interworld Security—usually honorable in the past but now sometimes made shaky and corrupt by the doubts within its own ranks and among the people about what, within the realm of human effort, was good or bad. The group had a leader. Ed and his companions drifted idly in the air, near the man’s shoulders, but his helmeted head
the monster to Shelby’s apartment below. * * * * The first sensation which bore itself in upon Shelby’s consciousness when he was regaining his senses was a terrific throbbing pain in his head. He opened his rheum-plastered eyelids and looked about him. He was lying in a bunk within a small dim-lit compartment. Polished duralumin walls gleamed all about. At the center of his prison was a table, and beyond, built into the opposite wall, was another bunk. There was a black blob of something
silvery armor, arrived from their quarters and stood beside him, he smiled a little. “Madam,” he drawled, “maybe I know what you mean. You want to defy the law. Someone around here has been hoping for word from Earth that an okay has been granted by the Safe Products Approval Board, for, shall we say, a radically new product? Well, the optimists will wait a long time for such approval at the S.P.A.B. The action of this invention is, to say the least, extremely dangerous. So, if they’re that
avoided—admitted air to the domes they built from their deepest buried tunnels and chambers. * * * * Often Joe looked at his wife, knowing that they both had changed. They were tattered, and a little like the bas-relief figures. They were Dave Kort, and Frank and Will Terry over again. Doran’s teeth were very white in a face browned by sunshine filtered only by the rare Martian air. She was very thin, but there was an oblique charm in her features. Or had his very conceptions of beauty