Ron Goulart (b. 1933) is a cultural historian and author of novels. Besides writing extensively about pulp fiction—including the seminal Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of Pulp Magazines (1972)—Goulart has written for the pulps since 1952, when The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction published his first story, a sci-fi parody of letters to the editor. Since then he has written dozens of novels and countless short stories, spanning genres and using a variety of pennames, including Kenneth Robeson, Joseph Silva, and Con Steffanson.
In the 1970’s Goulart wrote novels starring series characters like Flash Gordon and the Phantom, and in 1978 released Calling Dr. Patchwork (1978), a comic sci-fi novel that began the Odd Jobs, Inc. series. The ghost writer for William Shatner’s popular TekWar novels, Goulart has also written several comic mystery series, including six books starring Groucho Marx. The author of comics and several books on the history of the art form, his most recent book on the subject is Comic Book Encyclopedia (2004). Goulart’s After Things Fell Apart (1970) is the only science-fiction novel to ever win an Edgar Award.
“[Goulart has] a bleak but bracing sense of humor.” - New York Times
“A sheer delight to read.” - Philip K. Dick, on After Things Fell Apart
“Goulart knows how to keep the reader on edge.” - West Coast Review of Books
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