Raymond Z. Gallun (1911 - 1994) (rhymes with "balloon") started writing science fiction in 1929. He was among the stalwart group of early sci-fi pulp writers who popularized the genre. He sold many popular stories to pulp magazines in the 1930s. "Old Faithful" (1934) was his first noted story. "The Gentle Brain" was published in "Science Fiction Quarterly" under the pseudonym Arthur Allport.
His first book, People Minus X, was published in 1957, followed by The Planet Strappers in 1961 [see audio below]. The Ballantine collection issued in 1978, The Best of Raymond Z. Gallun, provides a selection of his early work. Gallun was honored with the I-CON Lifetime Achievement Award in 1985 at I-CON IV; the award was later renamed The Raymond Gallun Award.
Along with John W. Campbell, he did as much as anyone to help science fiction evolve from crude pulp stories to interesting literature.
1. The Planet Strappers - The Planet Strappers started out as The Bunch, a group of student-astronauts in the back room of a store in Jarviston, Minnesota. They wanted off Earth, and they begged, borrowed and built what they needed to make it. They got what they wanted--a start on the road to the stars--but no one brought up on Earth could have imagined what was waiting for them Out There!
2. Stamped Caution - When an alien spacecraft crashes in Missouri, a team of army investigators is dispatched. Among the debris they find a Martian infant and decide to raise him in their lab. Is he too strange to form a relationship with humans? Maybe, but he does have cute eye-stalks. – Stamped Caution was first published in the August 1953 issue of Galaxy magazine.
3. The Eternal Wall by Raymond Z. Gallun (3rd story in Short Sci Fi Collection # 10)
4. Big Pill by Raymond Z. Gallun (2nd story in Short Sci Fi Collection # 36)