THE BRAIN OF THE PLANET ... [cover title]. Lilith Lorraine, Mary M. Wright.

THE BRAIN OF THE PLANET ... [cover title]. New York: Published by Stellar Publishing Corporation, n.d. [1929]. Octavo, pp. [1-2] 3-23 [24: blank], full-page illustration by Frank R. Paul on page [2], printed self wrappers, stapled. First edition. Published by Hugo Gernsback as "Science Fiction Series" No. 5. Lilith Lorraine is one of the very early female writers to be published in the science fiction pulp world. This story is a Marxist socialist Utopia, “set in 1935, it features a radical psychology professor from the University of Arizona who proves the existence of telepathy and develops a radio-like transmitter of thought-waves that brings about a socialist revolution.” “… the masses are soon released from their repressions; and under the leadership of “conservative reformers”, they rapidly transform the world into a new utopia…” – Lilith Lorraine: Feminist Socialist Writer in the Pulps by Jane Donawerth. Science-Fiction Studies, Volume 17, pp. 252-257. The professor at the end of the story destroys his machine as the people of the world perfect a socialist society. Lilith Lorraine went on to write a second utopian work for Gernsback, “Into the 28th Century” (SCIENCE WONDER QUARTERLY, 1930). Ms. Lorraine had a long career in the field, publishing more science fiction stories for various pulp magazines, some under masculine pseudonyms. She became involved very early on in amateur and semipro magazines, her work appeared in the first issue of the fanzine THE COMET (1930) and later she contributed to THE ACOLYTE, as well as founding several of her own publications including CHALLENGE, the first magazine dedicated to SF poetry. In the 1940s she shifted to being an editor, concentrating on poets and their training, founding the Avalon World Arts Academy. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Bleiler (1978), p. 126. Reginald 09210. 18 mm closed split in spine fold of outer leaf, a very good copy. (#165743).

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