Renowned throughout the universe…
A star among the stars…
A timeless hero whose time is now…
Ole Doc Methuselah is his name, and saving the universe is his game.
He may be a touch absent-minded, a tad disorganized, with a slight tendency to lose all perspective in the presence of an attractive woman… but when it comes to saviors of the universe, you take what you can get.
And what you get with Ole Doc Methuselah—the most famous member of the most elite organization in the universe, the Soldiers of Light—is action, spectacle, mystery, and plenty of laughs along the way.
With his razor-sharp scalpel, hypodermic needles, and doctor’s bag of tricks, he journeys to the far corners of the cosmos, vowing to cut out the corruption, confront the cruelty, and contain the warped psychology that plagues mankind—and all other kinds out there.
Yes, there is intelligent life in the universe after all. You’ll find it in Ole Doc Methuselah. So if you’re looking for an adventure to remember, this is just what the doctor ordered.
“Classic adventures by a classic writer.” —Roger Zelazny
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A series of seven stories about the most famous Soldier of Light, collectively entitled “Ole Doc Methuselah.”
The first of the series, entitled “Ole Doc Methuselah” appeared in the October 1947 issue of Astounding. But with the conclusion of the 3-part novel “The End Is Not Yet” running prominently in the same issue under the L. Ron Hubbard byline, editor John Campbell wanted to avoid creating the impression that one writer dominated the entire magazine. And so, the pen name Rene Lafayette was affixed to the series.
The result was remarkable. Campbell later reported that L. Ron Hubbard had, indeed, successfully competed with—and bested—himself in the magazine’s reader-response poll: Lafayette’s “Ole Doc Methuselah” was voted the most popular story in the issue with L. Ron Hubbard’s “The End Is Not Yet” placing just behind it.
All seven stories in the series would appear in Astounding between October 1947 and January 1950. The other stories are: “The Expensive Slaves;” “Her Majesty’s Aberration;” “The Great Air Monopoly;” “Plague;” “A Sound Investment” and “Ole Mother Methuselah.”