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Re: Nick Pope's Weird World

From: Dennis Stacy <dstacy@texas.net>
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 20:32:12 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 16:19:50 -0400
Subject: Re: Nick Pope's Weird World 


 >From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
 >Subject: Re: Nick Pope's Weird World
 >Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 20:16:58 -0400

 >>From: Georgina Bruni <georgina@easynet.co.uk>
 >>Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 13:10:24 +0100
 >>To: updates@globalserve.net
 >>Subject: Nick Pope's Weird World

 ><snip>

 >>this is the first time in publishing history that a science
 >>fiction novel has needed to be officially cleared by the
 >>Government!

 >I won't argue with that, but a science fiction writer did draw
 >U.S. government attention during World War II.

 >His name was Cleve Cartmill, and he wrote a story about a
 >nuclear bomb in Astounding Science Fiction, the American science
 >fiction magazine that (despite its name) was the most strongly
 >oriented toward real science. Nuclear bombs, of course, didn't
 >exist back then, though, unknown to Cartmill and his editor, the
 >U.S. government was trying to develop one.

 >Cartmill, drawing on scientific information in the public
 >domain, apparently came very close to describing the actual
 >design the scientists and engineers in the Manhattan Project
 >were working on. When the story was published, the FBI visited
 >him, to find out where he'd gotten his information! What an
 >impossible position for them. By doing this, they revealed that
 >something was really going on. But if they hadn't investigated,
 >and there really had been a leak, there could have been serious
 >trouble.

 >Greg Sandow


Postscript:

The editor of Astounding was of course the inestimable John W.
Campbell, Jr., who, I believe, first introduced L. Ron Hubbard's
Dianetics to the world, now known as Scientology. Under the pen
name of Don(ald?) R. Stuart, if my muddled memory serves,
Campbell authored the classic "Who Goes There?" You may know it
better by its movie name, "The Thing," which starred James
Arness as the creature from the crashed flying saucer. That's
right, the same James Arness of "Gunsmoke" fame. John
Carpenter's recent remake of "The Thing," starring someone who's
not a Baldwin brother (Kurt Russell), was an excruciating joke.

So Campbell's lengthy influential career is associated not only
with the atomic bomb, but with invading aliens, crashed saucers
and Dianetics. An impressive portfolio indeed! (Did I forget the
Dean anti-gravity drive?)

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, anyone?

Actually, look no further than the latest issue of "Saucer
Smear" for your first clue.

Dennis Stacy




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