In 1951, L. Ron Hubbard's fellow SF writers debated him about 'badly-written' Dianetics - 2016-08-16

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F347.png In 1951, L. Ron Hubbard's fellow SF writers debated him about 'badly-written' Dianetics August 16, 2016, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Underground Bunker reader Once Born, who runs the always informative blog, Scientology Books and Media, got his hands on a fascinating 1951 issue Marvel Science Stories that contains a three-part debate over Dianetics, L. Ron Hubbard's invention that had been released the year before. In this piece, being released simultaneously here and at his blog, Once Born goes through the magazine debate, which featured Hubbard himself.

The Marvel Science Stories that we're looking at today came out in May 1951 — one year after the first article describing "Dianetics" appeared in Astounding Science Fiction. During this time, the editor of Astounding, John W Campbell (initially an enthusiastic convert) had promoted Dianetics for all he was worth.

However, by March 1951 the Dianetics fad had run its course in Astounding (you can follow the rise and fall of Dianetics in Astounding here).


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = In 1951, L. Ron Hubbard's fellow SF writers debated him about 'badly-written' Dianetics | url = https://tonyortega.org/2016/08/16/tuesday/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = August 16, 2016 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}