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Shavertron Headquarters 2014
You have before you a great resource if you're willing to dig into it. Shavertron.com has been an e-zine since 2002, and during that time scores of articles, documents, and other Shaver Mystery ephemera have appeared here. Writers, researchers, and SM fans come here to bone up on Dick Shaver, Ray Palmer, and the Shaver Mystery. If that's what you're here to do, head straight to the Shavertron "Time Capsule" link on the Contents page.
Maybe during your perusing you noticed that up until our plugs for Shavertron Press started last year, this site was completely ad-free. And it continues to be free of charge. Yes, this website is what they call a "labor of love." How long can we keep this up? If you'd like to support this effort, buy one or more of our book offerings on the Contents page. Or write something and send it for possible publication.
Ever since Ray Palmer quit his job at Amazing Stories and Ziff-Davis gave Richard S. Shaver the bum's rush, people have been talking about a "Shaver revival." It could happen. Last year we saw the publication of four new books about Richard Shaver's life and obsessions; three from Shavertron Press and one from McFarland & Company. We've heard through the grapevine that Shaver's photography is part of the Morgan Library and Museum's latest exhibit, "A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play," that opened in March 2014. Click the image below to read the article about it.
Though it's been a year now since our first book War Over Lemuria was published (April 25, 2013), reviews are still trickling in; the latest appeared in Science Fiction Studies Journal for March 2014. The book is the first ever authorized dual biography of Ray Palmer and Richard Shaver.
At this time last year Shavertron Press was non-existant, but now has three titles with its imprint and soon to have more. So is this the long-awaited Richard S. Shaver revival? As Ray Palmer used to say, "You be the judge."
In last year's Shavertron.com update we'd planned to run our interview with Richard Shaver's daughter, Evelyn Ann. That never happened thanks to scheduling demands at Shavertron Press. You'll now find that interview, with photos of Evelyn's work, in this year's update. Evelyn explains how she followed in her parents' footsteps as an artist.
David Hauguel in Paris is still plugging away with the French edition of Shavertron, and he's doing a great job keeping the Shaver Mystery alive for France. If Woody Allen would just endorse the SM, France would be ours forever.
We'd like to thank the members of our Shavertron Yahoogroup. We haven't done that before, but it's been a great group this year, with interesting posts that resonate with Shaver Mystery buffs and those who seek answers to the Unknown.
Upcoming releases for Shavertron Press this year will break new ground for the Shaver Mystery. One will be the first book ever to be devoted entirely to the painting and photography of Richard S. Shaver, and it's the first item on our agenda. Secondly is the third volume of our four-part "Shavertron collection." This year's addition will be "The MacPlus Years" issues 18 through 23.
The Fine Print:
The original Shavertron was a fanzine devoted to the Shaver Mystery and the life and times of Richard Sharpe Shaver and his editor, Ray Palmer. This leaves the playing field wide open since the Shaver Mystery is rife with ufos, a race of evil weirdos living inside the earth, mind control, a high-tech Elder Race pre-dating our history, abductions, conspiracies and, of course, the sci-fi pulp zine scene of the late 1940s.
The "mystery" began in a 1945 issue of AMAZING STORIES magazine when Shaver sent a manuscript to Rap titled "A Warning to Future Man." Palmer and Shaver collaborated from there on to bring Shaver's cosmology into the world of sci-fi pulp zine literature.
The Shaver Mystery gasped its last breath when Shaver and Palmer died within two years of each other in the mid-1970s. We stopped publishing Shavertron in 1992 since most Shaver Mystery readers were gone (mostly dead) with few left to take their place.
Writers like Jim Pobst, Brian Tucker, Doug Skinner, Tal, Timothy Green (Mr. UFO) Beckley , Mary Martin (The Hollow Hassle), Branton, Bill Bliss and Gene Steinberg did what they could to keep the Mystery going.
The scene eventually merged with watercooler chit-chat about UFOs, abductions and government conspiracies, all of which were a big part of the Shaver Mystery. Back in 1947, the Shaver Mystery was a bizarre topic of household conversation (probably at cocktail time). Today it's obscure sci-fi history...though it is now being rediscovered by a new circle of oddity seekers and outsider art buffs.