Raymond Arthur Palmer (August 1, 1910 – August 15, 1977) was an American editor of Amazing Stories from 1938 through 1949, when he left publisher Ziff-Davis to publish and edit Fate Magazine, and eventually many other magazines and books through his own publishing houses, including Amherst Press and Palmer Publications. In addition to magazines such as Mystic, Search, and Flying Saucers, he published or republished numerous spirtualist books, including Oahspe: A New Bible, as well as several books related to flying saucers, including The Coming of the Saucers, co-written by Palmer with Kenneth Arnold. Palmer was also a prolific author of science fiction and fantasy stories, many of which were published under pseudonyms.
Raymond A. Palmer
Raymond A. Palmer circa 1930
|Born||Raymond Arthur Palmer|
August 1, 1910
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Died|| (aged 67)|
Portage, Wisconsin, U.S.
According to Bruce Lanier Wright, "Palmer was hit by a truck at age seven and suffered a broken back." An unsuccessful operation on Palmer's spine stunted his growth (he stood about four feet tall), and left him with a hunchback.
Palmer found refuge in science fiction, which he read voraciously. He rose through the ranks of science fiction fandom and is credited, along with Walter Dennis, with editing the first fanzine, The Comet, in May, 1930.
Throughout the 1930s, Palmer would have many of his stories published in several science fiction magazines of the era. When Ziff-Davis acquired Amazing Stories in 1938, editor T. O'Conor Sloane resigned and production was moved to Chicago. On the recommendation of popular author Ralph Milne Farley, the editorship was offered to Palmer. In 1939, Palmer began a companion magazine to Amazing Stories titled Fantastic Adventures, which lasted until 1953.
When Ziff-Davis moved its magazine production from Chicago to New York City in 1949, Palmer resigned and, with Curtis Fuller, another Ziff-Davis editor who did not want to leave the midwest, founded Clark Publishing Co.
As an editor, Palmer tended to favor adventurous, fast-moving space opera-type stories. His tenure at Amazing Stories was notable for his purchase of Isaac Asimov's first professional story, "Marooned Off Vesta".
Palmer was also known for his support of the long-running and controversial Shaver Mystery stories, a series of stories by Richard Sharpe Shaver. Palmer's support of the truth of Shaver's stories (which maintained that the world is dominated by insane inhabitants of the hollow earth), was controversial in the science fiction community. It is unclear whether Palmer believed the Shaver stories to be true, or if he was just using the stories to sell magazines. Palmer asked other writers to do stories in the Shaver genre, the most notable being Rog Phillips.
Palmer began his own science fiction publishing ventures while working for Ziff-Davis, eventually leaving the company to form his own publishing house, Clark Publishing Company, which was responsible for the titles Imagination and Other Worlds, among others. None of these magazines achieved the success of Amazing Stories during the Palmer years, but Palmer published Space World magazine until his death.
In 1948, Palmer and Curtis Fuller co-founded Fate, which covered divination methods, Fortean events, belief in the survival of personality after death, predictive dreams, accounts of ghosts, mental telepathy, archaeology, flying saucer sightings, cryptozoology, alternative medicine, warnings of death, and other paranormal topics, many contributed by readers.
Curtis Fuller and his wife Mary took full control of Fate in 1955, when Palmer sold his interest in the venture. The magazine has continued in publication under a series of editors and publishers to the present day.
Another paranormal magazine Palmer created along the line of Fate was Mystic magazine, which after about two years of publication became Search magazine.
In the 1970s, Palmer also published Ray Palmer's News Letter which was combined into another of his publications called Forum in March 1975.
In the first issue of Fate, Palmer published Kenneth Arnold's report of "flying discs." Arnold's sighting marked the beginning of the modern UFO era, and his story propelled the fledgling Fate to national recognition. Through Fate, Palmer was instrumental in popularizing belief in flying saucers. This interest led him to establish the magazine Flying Saucers.
Palmer's avid interest in spirituality and alternative explanations of reality was reflected in his choice of publications. His interest in the Oahspe Bible, led him on a 15-year search for a copy of the original 1882 edition published by Oahspe Publishing Assoc., New York and London. Although a later edited and revised edition was published in 1891 and reprinted over the years, the original 1882 Oahspe Bible was not available until Palmer republished a facsimile of it in 1960. It is often referred to as "The Palmer Edition" or "The Green Oahspe" among Oahspe readers. He continued to publish and reprint later editions to which he added an index and editor's notes. Oahspe was reported by the spiritualist medium John B. Newbrough to have come as automatic writing through his hands on the newly invented typewriter.
A newer edition of Oahspe as a tribute edition to Ray Palmer was published in 2009 titled Oahspe - Raymond A. Palmer Tribute Edition.
In 2013, Tarcher/Penguin published a biography of Palmer called The Man From Mars and written by Fred Nadis.
Palmer is also the subject of Richard Toronto's 2013 book, War over Lemuria: Richard Shaver, Ray Palmer and the Strangest Chapter of 1940s Science Fiction, which attempts to give a detailed history of the Shaver Mystery and its two main proponents.
Amazing Stories is an American science fiction magazine launched in April 1926 by Hugo Gernsback's Experimenter Publishing. It was the first magazine devoted solely to science fiction. Science fiction stories had made regular appearances in other magazines, including some published by Gernsback, but Amazing helped define and launch a new genre of pulp fiction.
As of 2018, Amazing has been published, with some interruptions, for ninety-two years, going through a half-dozen owners and many editors as it struggled to be profitable. Gernsback was forced into bankruptcy and lost control of the magazine in 1929. In 1938 it was purchased by Ziff-Davis, who hired Raymond A. Palmer as editor. Palmer made the magazine successful though it was not regarded as a quality magazine within the science fiction community. In the late 1940s Amazing presented as fact stories about the Shaver Mystery, a lurid mythos that explained accidents and disaster as the work of robots named deros, which led to dramatically increased circulation but widespread ridicule. Amazing switched to a digest size format in 1953, shortly before the end of the pulp-magazine era. It was sold to Sol Cohen's Universal Publishing Company in 1965, which filled it with reprinted stories but did not pay a reprint fee to the authors, creating a conflict with the newly formed Science Fiction Writers of America. Ted White took over as editor in 1969, eliminated the reprints and made the magazine respected again: Amazing was nominated for the prestigious Hugo Award three times during his tenure in the 1970s. Several other owners attempted to create a modern incarnation of the magazine in the following decades, but publication was suspended after the March 2005 issue. A new incarnation appeared in July 2012 as an online magazine. Print publication resumed with the Fall 2018 issue.
Gernsback's initial editorial approach was to blend instruction with entertainment; he believed science fiction could educate readers. His audience rapidly showed a preference for implausible adventures, and the movement away from Gernsback's idealism accelerated when the magazine changed hands in 1929. Despite this, Gernsback had an enormous impact on the field: the creation of a specialist magazine for science fiction spawned an entire genre publishing industry. The letter columns in Amazing, where fans could make contact with each other, led to the formation of science fiction fandom, which in turn had a strong influence on the development of the field. Writers whose first story was published in the magazine include John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Howard Fast, Ursula K. Le Guin, Roger Zelazny, and Thomas M. Disch. Overall, though, Amazing itself was rarely an influential magazine within the genre after the 1920s. Some critics have commented that by "ghettoizing" science fiction, Gernsback harmed its literary growth, but this viewpoint has been countered by the argument that science fiction needed an independent market to develop in to reach its potential.Fantastic Adventures
Fantastic Adventures was an American pulp fantasy and science fiction magazine, published from 1939 to 1953 by Ziff-Davis. It was initially edited by Raymond A. Palmer, who was also the editor of Amazing Stories, Ziff-Davis's other science fiction title. The first nine issues were in bedsheet format, but in June 1940 the magazine switched to a standard pulp size. It was almost cancelled at the end of 1940, but the October 1940 issue enjoyed unexpectedly good sales, helped by a strong cover by J. Allen St. John for Robert Moore Williams' Jongor of Lost Land. By May 1941 the magazine was on a regular monthly schedule. Historians of science fiction consider that Palmer was unable to maintain a consistently high standard of fiction, but Fantastic Adventures soon developed a reputation for light-hearted and whimsical stories. Much of the material was written by a small group of writers under both their own names and house names. The cover art, like those of many other pulps of the era, focused on beautiful women in melodramatic action scenes. One regular cover artist was H.W. McCauley, whose glamorous "MacGirl" covers were popular with the readers, though the emphasis on depictions of attractive and often partly clothed women did draw some objections.
In 1949 Palmer left Ziff-Davis and was replaced by Howard Browne, who was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about fantasy fiction. Browne briefly managed to improve the quality of the fiction in Fantastic Adventures, and the period around 1951 has been described as the magazine's heyday. Browne lost interest when his plan to take Amazing Stories upmarket collapsed, and the magazine fell back into predictability. In 1952, Ziff-Davis launched another fantasy magazine, titled Fantastic, in a digest format; it was successful, and within a few months the decision was taken to end Fantastic Adventures in favor of Fantastic. The March 1953 issue of Fantastic Adventures was the last.Fate (magazine)
Fate is a U.S. magazine about paranormal phenomena. Fate was co-founded in 1948 by Raymond A. Palmer (editor of Amazing Stories) and Curtis Fuller. Fate magazine is the longest-running magazine devoted to the paranormal. Promoted as "the world's leading magazine of the paranormal", it has published expert opinions and personal experiences relating to UFOs, psychic abilities, ghosts and hauntings, cryptozoology, alternative medicine, divination methods, belief in the survival of personality after death, Fortean phenomena, predictive dreams, mental telepathy, archaeology, warnings of death, and other paranormal topics.Though Fate is aimed at a popular audience and tends to emphasize personal anecdotes about the paranormal, American writer and frequent Fate contributor Jerome Clark says the magazine features a substantial amount of serious research and investigation, and occasional debunking of dubious claims. Subjects of such debunking articles have included Atlantis, the Bermuda Triangle, and the Amityville Horror.First Fandom Hall of Fame award
First Fandom Hall of Fame is an annual award for contributions to the field of science fiction dating back more than 30 years. Contributions can be as a fan, writer, editor, artist, agent, or any combination of the five. It is awarded by First Fandom and is usually presented at the beginning of the World Science Fiction Convention's Hugo Award ceremony.Flying Saucers (magazine)
Flying Saucers was a monthly magazine published and edited by Raymond A. Palmer, devoted to articles on UFOs and the Shaver Mystery.Heteronym (literature)
The literary concept of the heteronym refers to one or more imaginary character(s) created by a writer to write in different styles. Heteronyms differ from pen names (or pseudonyms, from the Greek words for "false" and "name") in that the latter are just false names, while the former are characters that have their own supposed physiques, biographies, and writing styles.Heteronyms were named and developed by the Portuguese writer and poet Fernando Pessoa in the early 20th Century, but they were thoroughly explored by the Danish philosopher Kierkegaard in the 19th century and have also been used by other writers.Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor
The Hugo Awards are given every year by the World Science Fiction Society for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was once officially known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award. The award has been described as "a fine showcase for speculative fiction" and "the best known literary award for science fiction writing". The Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor is given each year for editors of magazines, novels, anthologies, or other works related to science fiction or fantasy. The award supplanted a previous award for professional magazine.
The award was first presented in 1973, and was given annually through 2006. Beginning in 2007, the award was split into two categories, that of Best Editor (Short Form) and Best Editor (Long Form). The Short Form award is for editors of anthologies, collections or magazines, while the Long Form award is for editors of novels. In addition to the regular Hugo awards, beginning in 1996 Retrospective Hugo Awards, or "Retro Hugos", have been available to be awarded for years 50, 75, or 100 years prior in which no awards were given. To date, Retro Hugo awards have been awarded for 1939, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1951, and 1954, and in each case an award for professional editor was given.Hugo Award nominees and winners are chosen by supporting or attending members of the annual World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon, and the presentation evening constitutes its central event. The selection process is defined in the World Science Fiction Society Constitution as instant-runoff voting with six nominees, except in the case of a tie. The works on the ballot are the six most-nominated by members that year, with no limit on the number of works that can be nominated. Initial nominations are made by members in January through March, while voting on the ballot of six nominations is performed roughly in April through July, subject to change depending on when that year's Worldcon is held. Prior to 2017, the final ballot was five works; it was changed that year to six, with each initial nominator limited to five nominations. Worldcons are generally held near Labor Day, and are held in a different city around the world each year. Members are permitted to vote "no award", if they feel that none of the nominees is deserving of the award that year, and in the case that "no award" takes the majority the Hugo is not given in that category. This happened in both the Short Form and Long Form categories in 2015.During the 52 nomination years, 64 editors have been nominated for the original Best Professional Editor, the Short Form, or the Long Form award, including Retro Hugos. Of these, Gardner Dozois has received the most awards, with 15 original awards out of 19 nominations for the original category and one for the Short Form. The only other editors to win more than three awards are Ben Bova, who won 6 of 8 nominations for the original award, Ellen Datlow, who won 7 of 17 nominations, split between the original and short form awards, and John W. Campbell, Jr. with 6 out of 6 nominations for the Retro Hugo awards. The two editors who have won three times are Edward L. Ferman with 3 out of 20 original nominations and Patrick Nielsen Hayden with 3 out of 3 Long Form nominations. Stanley Schmidt has received the most nominations, at 27 original and 7 Short Form, winning one Short Form.Kenneth Arnold
Kenneth Albert Arnold (March 29, 1915 – January 16, 1984) was an American aviator and businessman. He is best known for making what is generally considered the first widely reported modern unidentified flying object sighting in the United States, after claiming to have seen nine unusual objects flying in tandem near Mount Rainier, Washington on June 24, 1947.Maury Island incident
The Maury Island Incident, June 21 1947, refers to claims made by Fred Crisman and Harold Dahl of falling debris and threats by men in black following sightings of unidentified flying objects in the sky over Maury Island in Puget Sound.Other Worlds, Universe Science Fiction, and Science Stories
Other Worlds, Universe Science Fiction, and Science Stories were three related US magazines edited by Raymond A. Palmer. Other Worlds was launched in November 1949 by Palmer's Clark Publications and lasted for four years in its first run, with well-received stories such as "Enchanted Village" by A. E. van Vogt and "Way in the Middle of the Air", one of Ray Bradbury's "Martian Chronicle" stories. Since Palmer was both publisher and editor, he was free to follow his own editorial policy, and presented a wide array of science fiction.
Palmer entered a partnership with a Chicago businessman in 1953 to create Bell Publications, and printed Universe Science Fiction from June 1953. Palmer used the new company to abandon Other Worlds and launch Science Stories, in order to escape from Clark Publications' financial difficulties. Hence Science Stories can be considered a continuation of Other Worlds. Science Stories was visually attractive but contained no memorable fiction. Universe, on the other hand, was drab in appearance, but included some well-received stories, such as Theodore Sturgeon's "The World Well Lost", which examined homosexuality, a controversial topic for the time.
Palmer's Chicago partner lost interest, so he took over both Science Stories and Universe Science Fiction under a new company. In 1955 he culled both magazines and brought back Other Worlds, numbering the issues to make the new magazine appear a continuation of both the original Other Worlds and also of Universe. In this new incarnation the magazine was less successful, but did print Marion Zimmer Bradley's first novel, Falcons of Narabedla. In 1957 Palmer changed the focus of the magazine to unidentified flying objects (UFOs), retitling it Flying Saucers from Other Worlds, and after the September 1957 issue no more fiction appeared. Palmer eventually settled on Flying Saucers, Mysteries of the Space Age as the title, and in that form it survived until June 1976.Palmer (surname)
Palmer is an occupational surname of old English, Norman French, German and Scottish origin. Notable people with the surname include:
Abiah W. Palmer (1835–1881), New York politician
Adele Palmer (1915–2008), American costume designer
Adidja Azim Palmer , the Jamaican DJ Vybz Kartel
Adrian Palmer, 4th Baron Palmer
Alan Palmer, an author of historical and biographical books
Alexander Mitchell Palmer, (1872–1936), American politician, Attorney General of the US 1919–1921
Alfred Brian Palmer MBE, DSC, (1899–1993), Royal Navy Reserve captain
Alice Freeman Palmer, (1855–1902), American educator
Amanda Palmer (born 1976), American singer and pianist
Amanda Palmer (journalist), Australian journalist
Amy Palmer (born 1975), American hammer thrower
Andy Palmer (born 1963), English engineer and businessman
Arnold Palmer (1929–2016), American golfer
Austin Norman Palmer (1860–1927), American author of the Palmer Method of penmanship
B. J. Palmer (1882–1961), American chiropractor
Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland (1640–1709), English mistress of King Charles II
Benjamin M. Palmer (1818–1902), American theologian and church leader
Bertha Palmer (1849–1918), American businesswoman, socialite, and philanthropist
Beth Palmer (born 1952), American bridge player
Betsy Palmer (1926–2015), American actress
Billy Palmer (born 1888), English footballer
Brecken Palmer (born 1998), only son of Kansas descendants
Bruce Palmer (1946–2004), Canadian folk-rock musician
Bruce Palmer Jr. (1913–2000), American army general
Bruce Palmer (basketball), American-born international basketball coach
Carl Palmer (born 1950), English musician of the trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Carlton Palmer (born 1965), English footballer
Carson Palmer (born 1979), American professional football player
Sir Charles Palmer, 1st Baronet (1822–1907), British shipbuilder and Liberal MP
Charles Palmer (cricketer) (1919–2005), English county and test cricketer and cricket administrator
Charles Stuart William Palmer (1930–2001), British Judoka (10th Dan)
Clive Palmer (businessman) (born 1954), Australian mining magnate
Clive Palmer (musician) (born 1943), British folk musician
Corky Palmer (born 1954), American college baseball coach
Daniel David Palmer (1845–1913), Canadian-American chiropractor
Dee Palmer (born 1937), British musician with the rock band Jethro Tull
Diana Palmer (author) (born 1946), American best-selling author of romantic novels
Donald Palmer is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the College of Marin in Kentfield
Earl Palmer (born 1924), American rock-and-roll drummer
Edmund Palmer, C.B. (Captain) (1781–1834) Royal Navy officer
Edward Palmer (Canadian politician) (1809–1889), Canadian politician from Prince Edward Island
Edward Palmer (botanist) (1829–1911), English botanist
Edward Palmer (socialist) (1802–1886), American utopian socialist
Edward Henry Palmer (1840–1882), English orientalist
Elihu Palmer (1794–1806), American ex-Baptist minister and author
Ephraim Laurence Palmer (1888–1970), American science educator and conservationist
Erastus Dow Palmer (1817–1904), American sculptor
Ernest Palmer (American cinematographer) (1885–1978), Hollywood cinematographer
Ernest Palmer (British cinematographer) (1901–1964), British cinematographer
Ernest Palmer, 1st Baron Palmer (1858–1948), British businessman and patron of music
Felicity Palmer (born 1944), English operatic soprano
Floyd Palmer, business man and founder of Palmer Bus Service
Francis W. Palmer (1827–1907), American publisher and politician
Frank R. Palmer (born 1922), British linguist, Professor Emeritus of Linguistic Science at the University of Reading
Frederick Palmer (engineer) (born 1860), British civil engineer
Frederick Palmer (journalist) (1873–1958), American writer and war correspondent
Frederick Christian Palmer (1866–1941), photographer
Frederick William Palmer (1891–1955), World War I Victoria Cross recipient
Frederick William J. Palmer (1864–1947), British engineer
Garrick Palmer (born 1933), British painter, wood engraver and photographer
Geoffrey Palmer (actor) (born 1927), English comedy actor
Geoffrey Palmer (politician) (born 1942), Prime Minister of New Zealand 1989–1990
George Hastings Palmer (born 1881), politician of Manitoba, Canada
George Herbert Palmer (1842–1933), American author and philosopher
George Josiah Palmer (1828–1892), British newspaper founder.
George Llewellen Palmer (1857–1932), British Conservative Party politician
George Palmer (businessman) (1818–1897), Quaker entrepreneur and biscuit manufacturer of Reading, England
George Palmer (color theorist) (c.1746–1826), aka George Giros de Gentilly, English dye chemist, color theorist, inventor, and soldier
George "Joey" Palmer (1859–1910), Australian cricketer
George Palmer (composer) (born 1947), Australian classical composer and judge of the NSW Supreme Court
George Palmer (rugby league) rugby league footballer of the 1950s, for Batley and England
George William Palmer (England) (1851–1913), politician
George William Palmer (New York) (1818–1916), politician
Gladys L. Palmer (1895–1967), American social statistician
Gordon William Nottage Palmer, younger son of Ernest Palmer, 2nd Baron Palmer
Harold E. Palmer (1887–1949), linguist, phonetician, founder of IRLT
Harry Palmer (author) (born 1944), American founder of the Avatar self-development system
Harry Palmer (photographer) (born 1930), Canadian photographer
Helen Palmer (archer) (born 1974), British archer, 2004 Olympics contestant
Helen Palmer (publisher) (1917–1979), Australian publisher, educationalist, author, historian
Helen Palmer Geisel (1899–1967), author and wife of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
Henry Spencer Palmer (1838–1893), British army military engineer and surveyor
Herbert Edward Palmer (1880–1961), English poet and critic
Herbert James Palmer (1851–1939), Canadian politician from Prince Edward Island
Innis N. Palmer (1824–1900), United States Civil War general
J. Lynn Palmer, American statistician
James Palmer Jr. (born 1996), American collegiate basketball player
James A. Palmer, who signed his work J. A. Palmer, (1825–June 1896), an Irish-American photographer
James Shedden Palmer (1810–1867), American admiral in the US Navy during the Civil War
Jared Palmer (born 1971), American professional tennis player
Jesse Palmer (born 1978), Canadian professional football player
Jim Palmer (born 1945), American professional baseball player
Joel Palmer (1810–1881), Canadian-born American pioneer and politician
John Palmer (disambiguation)
Jolyon Palmer, British racing driver, son of Jonathan Palmer
Jonathan Palmer (born 1956), British racing driver and racing commentator
Jonathan Palmer (American football) (born 1983), American professional football player
Joseph B. Palmer (1825–1890), Confederate general
June Palmer (1940–2004), British model
Kate Palmer (netball), Chief Executive Officer of Netball Australia
Katherine Van Winkle Palmer (1895–1982), American paleontologist
Keith Palmer (police officer) (1969–2017), British police officer who was killed in the 2017 Westminster attack and posthumously awarded the George Medal
Keke Palmer (born 1993), American actress
Ken Palmer (born 1937), British Test cricketer and cricket umpire
Leonard Robert Palmer (1906–1984) British philologist and linguist
Les Palmer (American football) (1923–2006), American football player
Lilli Palmer (1914–1986), German-American actress
Lillian Palmer (disambiguation), multiple people
Lowell Palmer (born 1947), American baseball player
Mark Palmer (born 1941), American statesman, former ambassador to Hungary
Michael Palmer (born 1943), American poet and translator
Michael Palmer (conductor) (born 1945), American orchestral conductor
Michael Palmer (novelist) (born 1942), American novelist
Minnie Palmer (1857-1936), American actress
Missy Palmer, voice actor
N. A. Palmer, guitarist for anarcho-punk band Crass
Nathaniel Palmer (1799–1877), American sailor, ship design innovator, first American to see Antarctica
Nettie Palmer (1885–1964), Australian literary figure
Nick Palmer (born 1950), British politician and member of parliament
Olive Palmer (1902–1976), second wife of John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada
Orio Palmer, battalion chief of NYC Fire Department who died trying to rescue occupants of World Trade Center on 9/11
Parker Palmer (born 1939), American author, educator and activist
Patricia Palmer (born 1955), Argentine actress
Patricia Palmer, alias of the American actress Margaret Gibson
Patsy Palmer (born 1972), English actress; real name Julie Anne Harris
Pete Palmer, American baseball statistician
Phoebe Palmer (1807–1874), American Methodist evangelist and writer
Potter Palmer (1826–1902), American businessman and real estate developer in Chicago, Illinois
Raymond A. Palmer (1910–1977), American science fiction writer
Richard Palmer (disambiguation)
Rissi Palmer, American country singer-songwriter
Robert E. A. Palmer II (1933–2006), American ancient historian
Robert Roswell Palmer (1909–2002), American historian
Robert Palmer (singer) (1949–2003), English singer
Robert Palmer (writer) (1945–1977), American writer and musician
Rodney Palmer (1907–1987), English cricketer and soldier
Roger Palmer, 1st Earl of Castlemaine (1634–1705), Irish earl, husband of Barbara Villiers Palmer
Roger Palmer (footballer) (born 1959), English ex-footballer
Romie J. Palmer (1921–2014), American politician and jurist
Roundell Palmer, 1st Earl of Selborne (1812–1895), British politician
Roy Palmer (musician) (1892–1963), American jazz trombonist
Roy Palmer (cricketer) (born 1942), English cricketer
Roy Palmer (folklorist) (1932–2015), singer, teacher, folklorist, author and historian
Ryan Palmer (born 1976), American professional golfer
Ryan Palmer (chess player) (born 1974), Jamaican chess champion and teacher
Samuel Palmer (1805–1881), English landscape painter
Sandra Palmer (born 1943), American professional golfer
Shaun Palmer (born 1968), professional snowboarder
Shelly Palmer, American composer of television music
Stanley Palmer, American academic
Stanley Palmer (New Zealand), artist
Stephen Palmer (disambiguation)
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (1971 - 2017), British TV personality, model and pianist
Theodore Sherman Palmer (1868–1955), American zoologist
Tim Palmer, British music producer, audio engineer and musician
Tim Palmer (physicist) (born 1952)
Tom G. Palmer (born 1956), American libertarian
Tom P. Palmer, English rugby player
Tony Palmer, British film director and author
Vance Palmer (1885–1959), Australian literary figure
Vincent Palmer (1966–2004), British criminal
Walter Palmer (disambiguation)
William Palmer (murderer) (1824–1856), English physician and murderer
William Jackson Palmer (1836–1909), American industrialist and general in the American Civil War
William Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne (1859–1942), British politicianRay Palmer
Ray Palmer may refer to:
Raymond A. Palmer, science-fiction writer
Raymond F. Palmer, medical professor
Ray Palmer (pastor), American pastor and author of hymns
Atom (Ray Palmer), a DC Comics comic book characterRobert Webster
Robert Webster may refer to:
Robert Webster (virologist) (born 1932), New Zealand avian influenza expert
Sir Robert Webster (politician), Australian company director, grazier, parliamentarian and chancellor of University of New South Wales
Robert M. Webster (1892–1972), United States Air Force major general
Robert N. Webster, a pseudonym of Raymond A. Palmer
Robert Webster, footballer, co-founder of Norwich City F.C.
Robert Edward Webster, a US plastics technician who defected to the Soviet Union in 1959, returning in 1962
Robert Grant Webster (Conservative MP), British Member of the UK Parliament for St Pancras East
Bob Webster (born 1938), American, former Olympic diving championScience fiction fandom
Science fiction fandom or SF fandom is a community or fandom of people interested in science fiction in contact with one another based upon that interest. SF fandom has a life of its own, but not much in the way of formal organization (although clubs such as the Futurians (1937–1945) are a recognized example of organized fandom).
Most often called simply "fandom" within the community, it can be viewed as a distinct subculture, with its own literature and jargon; marriages and other relationships among fans are common, as are multi-generational fan families.T. O'Conor Sloane
Thomas O'Conor Sloane (November 21, 1851 – August 7, 1940) was the editor of Amazing Stories from 1929-38 as T. O'Conor Sloane. In 1938, publisher Ziff-Davis bought the magazine and moved its production to Chicago, naming Raymond A. Palmer as Sloane's successor.The Comet
The Comet was an American science fiction fanzine, the first of its kind.The Time Traveller (fanzine)
The Time Traveller was one of the earliest science fiction fanzines, started in 1932. It grew out of a New York City fan club called the Scienceers and was started by Mort Weisinger, Julius Schwartz, Allen Glasser, and Forrest J Ackerman. Initially, Glasser was the "Editor" of the zine, Weisinger "Associate Editor," Schwartz "Managing Editor," and Ackerman "Contributing Editor." (Three of the four editors were 15–17 years old at the time. Allen Glasser was born in 1908.)
According to SF historian Sam Moskowitz, The Time Traveller was the first fanzine to be devoted exclusively to science fiction. It went through a series of incarnations and title switches (Science Fiction Digest; Fantasy Magazine) before it ceased publication in January 1937. The zine's chief claim to fame was its publication of a 17-part round-robin story called Cosmos (July 1933 – December 1934), each part written by a different writer. The roster of Cosmos writers included many of the leading lights of SF, fantasy, horror, and adventure fiction in that era, including A. Merritt, E.E. "Doc" Smith, Edmond Hamilton, John W. Campbell, E. Hoffmann Price, and Otis Adelbert Kline. The others involved were David H. Keller, P. Schuyler Miller, Arthur J. Burks, Ralph Milne Farley, "Eando Binder," Francis Flagg, Lloyd Arthur Eshbach, Bob Olsen, J. Harvey Haggard, and Abner J. Gelula; Raymond A. Palmer wrote one installment under his own name, and another under the pseudonym "Rae Winters." Hamilton composed the final episode of the serial, and finished with a bang, destroying the planets Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus with an atomic disintegrator ray.