Released from active duty in February, L. Ron Hubbard returns to fiction writing as a means of supporting his intensified research.
L. Ron Hubbard’s first postwar story published in July 1947 was “The Chee-Chalker” (a newcomer to Alaska and the Klondike; an Indian word meaning one who is inexperienced) a tough-edged, mystery-adventure-romance with unexplained deaths, drug smugglers, and a missing government agent. The story emphatically announced to the readers of Five Novels Monthly, and to the world, that a first-rate storyteller was back.
Even as the pulp era was beginning to fade, a victim, finally, of television and the emergence of the paperback, Ron would produce forty-seven more adventure, western, mystery, and speculative fiction stories including the perennial Ole Doc Methuselah series, To the Stars, The Kingslayer, and The Masters of Sleep.
During these years, Ron also serves as a special officer with the Los Angeles Police Department and conducts Dianetics research in cities across the United States, including Los Angeles, Savannah, New York City, and Washington, DC. He writes the original thesis of Dianetics, which is circulated widely among doctors, engineers, and scientists across the country and later published in book form as Dianetics: The Original Thesis.