Unknown Worlds Vol 5 #6, April/1942

Unknown Worlds Vol 5 #6, April/1942

Unknown Worlds Vol 5 #6, April/1942

Unknown Worlds
Vol 5 #6, 4/1942
Street & Smith, 25¢
editor: John W Campbell Jr


30 Dumb Inventions - L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard and the Hubbard Electrometer (Photo credit: mandiberg)

Letters page includes correspondence from L Sprague de Camp. The biggest draws for this issue are Boucher’s much-reprinted werewolf story and L Ron Hubbard’s contribution.

Hubbard’s short story was published while serving in the US Navy. Following his service, constant financial troubles forced Hubbard to abandon the pulps and pursue more lucrative endeavors, namely the development of Dianetics and the eventual founding of the Church of Scientology. At a science fiction convention in 1948, Hubbard was quoted as saying:

“Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.”

So he did.


2 thoughts on “Unknown Worlds Vol 5 #6, April/1942

  1. Pingback: Droll Stories Vol. 1, No. 5 (July 1923) | The Great Pulp Magazine Index

  2. Pingback: Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp | Excursions Into Imagination

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