The Flying Saucer Poetry Review, Fall 2021 (issue #1)

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Pg. 9 — Origin Story


Eventually, I followed my inspiration with this fascinating topic of intellectual and creative exploration and founded this literary journal. I came up with its name independently, then checked to see if the name was already in use. At that point, I made some interesting discoveries and was a bit surprised by how many publications had used “flying saucer” or “flying saucers” in their title. The first being that Raymond Palmer, who had taken the reigns as editor of Amazing Stories from T. O’Conor Sloane when Ziff-Davis purchased the concern and moved it from New York City to Chicago had published a magazine during the 1950s through the 1970s titled Flying Saucers — I found this to be a neat albeit very distant point in the arc. I then discovered that a periodical titled Flying Saucer News: The Official Journal of The Flying Saucer Club of Great Britain had been published from 1953-1955, the Australian Flying Saucer Review had been published during the 1960s, and that a journal by the name of Flying Saucer Review had been published in London during much the same timeframe as Palmer’s publication. Finally, I discovered that a magazine called The Flying Saucer Review had been published in Seattle during the 1980s. I found this to be a nice coincidence because as previously mentioned I had lived in Seattle, for a couple of decades actually, from around 1990 to 2007.

So, it would seem that the next step in the natural progression of this conceptual sphere’s arc was indeed to create a journal with an entirely literary focus (all of the aforementioned publications took a journalistic rather than a literary approach to exploring the UFO phenomenon) and here we are, each point in the arc having brought us one step closer to the now — and I’m so very glad that we’re here.

Thank you for providing a literary voice for the phenomenon.

Dr. Vali Hawkins Mitchell

One of this issues contributors, Dr. Vali Hawkins Mitchell, wrote “Thank you for providing a literary voice for the phenomenon.” What a wonderful statement, one that perfectly captures the essence of this journal!

All said, the arc from there to here glows in my mind, a filament made incandescent by the electric current of serendipity.