The Radio Man

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The Radio Man
Radio man.jpg
Dust-jacket from the first edition
AuthorRalph Milne Farley
IllustratorO. G. Estes, Jr.
Cover artistJack Gaughan
CountryUnited States
SeriesRadio Man
GenreScience fiction
PublisherFantasy Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Followed byThe Radio Beasts

The Radio Man is a science fiction novel by American writer Ralph Milne Farley. It is the first book in Farley's Radio Man series. It was first published in book form in 1948 by Fantasy Publishing Company, Inc. in an edition of 1,000 copies. The novel was originally serialized in the magazine Argosy.

Plot introduction[edit]

The novel concerns electrical engineer Myles Cabot, who disappears from his home in Boston while performing an experiment. He finds himself transported to the planet Venus where he is captured by the Formians, a race of ant-like creatures. After learning of the Cupians, a human-like race that is subservient to the Formians, Cabot escapes and falls in love with the Cupian princess Lilla. He goes on to introduce the Cupians to gunpowder and leads them in a revolt against their Formian masters.

Publication history[edit]

Cover of 1950 Avon comic adaptation
  • 1924, US, Argosy, Pub date 26 June 1924, Magazine serialization in 4 parts
  • 1939, US, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Pub date December 1939, Magazine serialization in 3 parts
  • 1948, US, Fantasy Publishing Company, Inc. OCLC 1293452, Pub date 1948, Hardback, first book publication
  • 1950, US, Avon 285 OCLC 82833030, Pub date 1950, Paperback, as An Earthman on Venus
  • 2007, US, Pulpville Press, Paperback.

Wally Wood illustrated a 26-page adaptation of the story in a one-shot comic book entitled An Earth Man on Venus for Avon Periodicals in 1951. The story was reprinted in Strange Planets #11 from I.W. Enterprises in the early 1960s.

See also[edit]


  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 269.
  • Crawford, Jr., Joseph H.; James J. Donahue & Donald M. Grant (1953). "333", A Bibliography of the Science-Fantasy Novel. Providence, RI: The Grandon Company. p. 28. OCLC 3924496.
  • Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 224. ISBN 0-911682-20-1.

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