Every once in a while I like to feature authors from the past that helped change the world. Alan Edward Nourse is one of these. He was a prolific writer during the 50’s and 60’s. He mostly wrote for the pulp magazines under the pen name Doctor X. Nourse was more than just a writer; his primary occupation was a physician. He wrote both juvenile and adult science fiction, as well as nonfiction works about medicine and science. His stories focused on medicine or psionics.
In science fiction of the 1950s and ’60s, psionics was a proposed discipline that applied principles of engineering to the study of paranormal or psychic phenomena, such as telepathy and psychokinesis. The term is a blending of psi and the -onics from electronics.
Nourse was born August 11, 1928 in Des Moines, Iowa. He attended high school in Long Island, New York. He served in the U.S. Navy after World War II. He earned a BS science degree in 1951 from Rutgers University. He married Ann Morton on June 11, 1952, in Linden, New Jersey. He received a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree in 1955 from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his practice in North Bend, Washington, and during that time pursued his writing career. He had helped pay for his medical education by writing science fiction for magazines. After retiring from medicine, he continued writing. His regular column in Good Housekeeping magazine earned him the nickname “The Family Doctor”
He died on July 19, 1992, in Thorp, Washington at the age of 64.
This Week’s Podcast: On the show this week we have angels themed listener’s stories and a classic science fiction story that has a twist that you will never see coming. That will make even more sense if you tune in this week. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link
OnRon’s Amazing Storiesthis time we have an email from Mark, a kid named Zero-G, and a collection of listener’s ghost stories that all have the common thread of fire. We close the show with a classic from the golden age of radio called Strange New World. This tale is reminiscent of a story written by Jules Vern in 1875 called The Mysterious Island. The difference is it has a modern twist and takes place on the Bikini Islands. So press that play button and let’s go!
Our featured story is from the classic radio seriesMysterious Traveler. Imagine yourself as a pilot forced to ditch your plane in tropical waters post-WWII. Not just anywhere, but a few miles off the coast of the Bikini Islands. Do you know that place? Well, you will after our story! It is titledStrange New Worldand first aired on February 12, 1952.
This time onRon’s Amazing Storiesit is all about the past (where we have been), the present (where we are ), and the future (Stuff coming your way).
The Past – I am a basketball fan and not to brag but I went to my first game with my brother when I was ten years old. One of my favorite players was Brian Grant. Brain played 12 years in the NBA as a power forward and was the heart and soul of the 1997-2000 Portland Trail Blazers. We have my interview with him that I recorded on February 7, 2012.
The Present –Stories are our present, but do all stories take part in the here and now. Not always. All of the stories for this show form a theme of sorts. They have time in common. Specifically lost time or lost in time. You will hear three brand new listener’s stories.
The Future –Jason Dowd joins me to talk about what has been going on with him, shares a story and we talk about a new segment coming your way in late June or early July. Tune in to find out more and take Jason’s doll challenge. If you dare.
About Jason Dowd –Art is a way of life for Jason. From an early age, he created various forms of artwork using various mediums, but none was as profound to him for his own work than photography. He finds inspiration wherever he goes because he keeps his eyes open for things that will make the perfect embellishment for a photo or looks for the story that inspires him to tell it to the world as only he can.
What do you have to look forward to? Well Jason Dowd will join us to talk about the future of the Horror Express. We have three themed stories from you guys. One of which is about a young man who visits a truck stop that isn’t there! We replay one of my personal favorite interviews from the past and much more. Please join me this week, you won’t regret it!
OnRon’s Amazing Storieswe feature the banjo! Not music, but we have stories about it. Two listeners share their stories about paranormal experiences with the instrument and we have an OTR classic called,Never Follow A Banjo Act.We end the show with some classic commercials and it all begins with you pressing that play button.
Featured Story – Never Follow A Banjo Act
Our featured story for this week comes from the classic radio series Suspense. This is a strange little story about the shady side of nightclubbing and stars Ethel Merman as a lounge singer hired to keep an up and coming crooner on the straight and narrow. It is titledNever Follow A Banjo Actand first aired on February 1, 1954.