Ole Doc Methuselah
A larger than life hero
in a universe of adventure

Ole Doc Methuselah
A larger than life hero
in a universe of adventure

The autumn of 1947 marked the tenth year of a Golden Age for John W. Campbell’s Astounding Science Fiction. The magazine’s authors reshaped and redefined science fiction into its modern form. Campbell’s reign saw bright and talented newcomers such as Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, L. Ron Hubbard, A.E. van Vogt, L. Sprague de Camp, Theodore Sturgeon, Fritz Leiber, and Lester del Rey. They—and a few veterans like Jack Williamson and Clifford D. Simak—wrote a revolutionary new kind of science fiction, brisk and crisp of style, fresh and lively and often irreverent in matters of theme, plot, and characterization. The readers loved it. Astounding was the place where all the best stories were—many of them now classics that have stayed in print for fifty years. Both the magazine and its larger-than-life editor were regarded with awe and reverence by its readership and by most of its writers as well.

The first of seven Ole Doc Methuselah stories appeared in the October 1947 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. John Campbell chose to publish them in the same issue as the conclusion to Ron’s chilling three-part antiwar novel titled The End Is Not Yet. Campbell had never included two stories by the same author in one issue, but he didn’t want to hold back on “Ole Doc Methuselah,” the first story in the series, and so the story was published under the pen name René Lafayette.

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“Inventive, exciting stories about a larger-than-life hero in a universe of full-bore adventure.”

—David Drake
author of Hammer’s Slammers

“L. Ron Hubbard remains one of science fiction’s most romantic writers and Ole Doc Methuselah is one of his larger-than-life characters.”

Atlanta Journal and Constitution

“Delightful, amazing and filled with wonder!”

—Robert Silverberg
author of Lord Valentine’s Castle

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Abridged | 6 hours | Narrated by Roddy McDowall

Roddy applied his versatile craft to the narration of the 6-hour abridged audiobook. He was captivated by Ole Doc and spoke highly of the series and had the following to say:

“Ole Doc Methuselah resonates with the hum of high energy, captivating characters, and great adventure. Ole Doc and his sidekick Hippocrates will grab your imagination and your heartstrings and take you on adventures that you will never forget. A cornucopia of fabulous adventure, wonderful characters, and great fun.”

“Move over Bones McCoy … here comes ‘Ole Doc Methuselah,’ Solider of Light and defender of space-faring humans against all alien viruses in the galaxy!”

Hartford Courant

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