David R. Palmer, born 1941, is a science fiction author who has been nominated twice for Hugo Awards. His first novel, Emergence, won the Compton Crook Award in 1985. 1941 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Note that this partial list contains some authors whose works of fantastic fiction would today be called science fiction, even if they predate, or did not work in that genre. ... The Hugo Award is given every year for the best science fiction or fantasy stories of the previous year, and for related areas in fandom, art and dramatic presentation. ... The Compton Crook Award is presented to the best first novel of the year in the field of Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror by the members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc, at their annual Baltimore-area science fiction convention, Balticon, held on Memorial Day weekend in downtown Baltimore... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...
The magazine was facing extinction when, in an effort to boost sales, Palmer began running crazy stories, by Richard Shaver, of beings who lived underground and controlled people on the surface by means of invisible rays.
His stories hammered away at three main themes: aliens who abduct unsuspecting citizens (see alien abduction), inexplicable memory losses, and mysterious men from the government who were really alien agents.
By taking advantage of the national post-War mood of insecurity, and by repeating his bizarre claims often enough, Palmer contributed to an undercurrent of suspicion which, by the start of the saucer flap in 1947, made it easier for people to accept the possibility of clandestine alien activity.
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