Post by Dorothy J Heydt Post by Ted Nolan <tednolan> Post by Dorothy J Heydt Post by Christian Weisgerber
Let's be frank here: Of the early (and later) Perry Rhodan writers,
the only one with more than high school science, if that, was Kurt
Mahr, who was a trained physicist and in fact worked for the American
space program. Which makes it sort of ironical that he was the author
Of the creators, Clark Darlton was science-illiterate and K.H.
Scheer was an engineering fanboy, who was enamored with gadgets and
heavy machinery, but had a rather limited understanding of the
Sounds as if they were born too late. Born in the early 1900s,
they would've been perfectly suited for the gosh-wow SF of the
1920s and -30s.
I think their success pretty much proves they were perfectly suited
for the gosh-wow SF of their era..
You may well be right. I have never read a word of Rhodan, and I
gather you have.
PR has creatures on Venus. It's as fantastical as Bradbury. One
interesting aspect is how PR incorporates many (?all?) sfnal fads from
the 1960s and arguably anticipates _Star Trek_ story elements.
"Musklen" advertisements appear on some back covers. Here readers find
none other than the strapping teenage poser who later became the
governator of our  state, Dorothy.
It's the same body builder message as the DC comics guy who has sand
kicked into his face at the beach until he develops enough muscles to
entice all of the beach's bikini babes to flock to him. It's the same
sort of advertising that appears in _Astounding_. Nonetheless, Pukallus,
Hahn, and Pukallus have the goods on PR fans:
It has to be assumed that firms that sell most of their products
through ads give some thought to the sort of readership which
provides them with the greatest market. If this is so, then the
result of our statistics on advertising is not exactly a
compliment to the Perry Rhodan readership. ...
Perry Rhodan readers are considered to be interested in technical
things, but are mostly credulous and tasteless, and in need of
remedies and contacts. The column "Weapons, Karate, & Hypnosis"
implies that they would like to have power over their surroundings,
and "Magical Items & Practical Jokes"; that they have to search for
peculiarities in order to be noticed. It is left to the readers
of this essay to draw the parallels between the ideology
previously noted and this analysis. In any case it is
psychologically proven that people in need of remedies and
contacts identify with the infallible heroes of romance, and
that the bleakness of daily work in capitalism leads many people
(mainly because of strong propaganda steering) to a flight into
the adventures of so-called paraliterature rather than to
political action. 
As noted earlier, the future governator appeared on PR's back cover.
Maybe Pukallus, Hahn, and Pukallus have it all backwards. Perhaps
"paraliterature"  precedes political action.
 The state of my birth.
On the term "paraliterature", Ursula K. Le Guin commented that
"it exists. What I'm saying is that I don't want to perpetuate
this division. So I would always put it in quotes, or do
something to show that I'm rejecting a word that I have to use".
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