1938 An experiment using a rubber wheeled boat comes to grief as the craft
split apart and foundered, Hubbard forced to swim for it.
John W. Campbell takes over as editor of " Astounding Magazine," that he
later changes into "Astounding Science Fiction Magazine." His higher standards
of writing do much to improve the fare offered readers. He meets Hubbard soon
after taking over, a relationship that lasted for some years. July's edition
contains "The Dangerous Dimension," that concerns time travel, a topic that
interests Hubbard mightily. Another favorite theme is exaggerated mental
powers, "The Tramp," a three-part novelette appeared during that year. Hubbard
claimed to have written the mysterious and never revealed book, "Excalibar"
that year. Apparently this was an important book on philosophy that he thought
"Would have greater impact upon people than the Bible." Although his serious
effort at philosophy died on the vine for lack of interest he did sell a large
number of stories that included "Six Gun Caballero," "Hot lead Payoff," The
Boss of the Lazy B," and Death Waits at Sundown." Perhaps it is well that
"Excalibar" was never published for Hubbard claimed the book had such a
powerful affect on people that several readers who had reviewed the book for
him had either gone crazy or committed suicide.
1939 Hubbard grinds out more stories like "The Ultimate Adventure," that
appeared in Unknown and "Slaves of Sleep," that appeared in the July edition of
the same magazine. Not a big year when compared to his previous output. He
wrote a mere seven novels and two short stories. His efforts might his been
impeded by his persistent attempts to be appointed to the National Aeronautics
Association on the strength of his previous gliding and flying experience.
1 September. Britain declares war on Germany. Hubbard writes to the
Secretary of War offering his services, nothing is done though as the US
declares neutrality. Hubbard virtually abandons his family for a small
apartment in Manhattan.
12 December. Using credentials that nobody could have possibly checked out
he is approved for membership in the prestigious NY Explorers Club. He now
begins to call himself "Captain Hubbard."
1940 Hubbard writes "Fear," that appeared in "Unknown" besides "Typewriter in
the Sky," and "Final Blackout."
16 May. Hubbard reports to the FBI that a German steward working at the
Knickerbocker Hotel was a Nazi sympathizer whose sister belonged to the SS.
July. Hubbard sails his little 30' vessel the Maggie, north on a trip to
Alaska. The name of the adventure was: ALASKAN RADIO-EXPERIMENTAL EXPEDITION."
They arrive in Ketchican on August 30 after many problems with the ship's
engine. While there they get a loan from the local bank which is never repaid.
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