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Issue Date  Author  Story Title  Type  Comments
1950 WIN/SPR  Bretnor, R.  Gnurrs Come From the Voodvork Out, The  ss  (1911-1992) 1st story in F&SF in Papa Schimmelhorn series, & 2nd story unofficial Bureau of Imaginary Zoology(the gnurr); ps. for Alfred Reginald Kahn, legally changed name to Reginald Bretnor
   Coates, Robert M.  Return of the Gods, The  ss  (1897-1973) 1st pub. in NYM, 11 DEC 1948; Robert Myron Coates; The New Yorker art critic & writer, 1st novel was sf The Eater of Darkness(1926)
   Neville, Kris  Every Work Into Judgment  ss  (1925-1980) born in Carthage, MS; technical writer in plastics technology; after WWII, moved to L.A. & joined the L.A. Science Fantasy Society; 1st story pub. sf "The Hand from the Stars" in SSS 1949 JUL
   Coleridge, Samuel Taylor  Time, Real and Imaginary  pm  (1772-1834) poem from 1803; U.K. poet & philosopher; wrote "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"(1798), which was plotted with associate William Wordsworth, who also contributed a few lines(Clute); has coll. Christabel and Other Poems(1816)
   Sheldon, Walt  Rope for Lucifer, A  ss  (1917-1996) wn. for Walter James Sheldon; pulp-detective, western & sf/f author; used ps. Shel Walker, J.D. Hardin, etc; has Korean War novel Troubling of a Star(1953); The Man Who Paid His Way(1955), House of Happy Mayhem(1967); nf books on Korea, Japan
   deFord, Miriam Allen  Last Generation?, The  ss  (1888-1975) reprint of her 1st pub. story, 1st pub. in HRP 1946 NOV; newspaper reporter, biographer, editor, wife of the late scientist Maynard Shipley (1872-1934); attended Wellesley College, Temple Univ., & Univ. of Pennsylvania, AB degree in 1911
   Arthur, Robert  Postpaid to Paradise  ss  (1909-1969) 1st pub. in ARG, 15 JUN 1940; 1st story in F&SF from his Murchison Morks series(ARG 1940-41); Robert Jay Arthur; born at Fort Mills, Corregidor Island, the Philippines; has 1930 BA in English, 1932 MA in Journalism from Univ. of Michigan
   Bradbury, Ray  Exiles, The  ss  (1920- ) 1st pub. in Macleans, 15 SEP 1949, as "The Mad Wizards of Mars"; a Mars story, tho not a Martian Chronicles story; born in Waukegan, IL, & moved to L.A. in 1934; joined sf fandom in 1937, began pub. fanzine Futuria Fantasia in 1939
   Hope, Anthony  My Astral Body  ss  (1863-1933) 1st pub. in his coll. Sport Royal(1895); wn. for Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins; has novels The Prisoner of Zenda(1894; 6 movies 1913-1979), sequel Rupert of Hentzau(1898; 2 movies); The Dolly Dialogues(1896), Sophy of Kravonia(1906; 1920 movie)
   de Camp, L. Sprague & Fletcher Pratt  Elephas Frumenti (Gavagan's Bar: 1.)  ss  (1907-2000; 1897-1956) 1st story Gavagan's Bar series; de Camp also in F&SF by himself; Pratt's 1st story pub. "The Octopus Cycle" in AMZ 1928 MAY as by Irvin Lester(a Pratt ps.) & Fletcher Pratt; de Camp's 1st story pub. "Isolinguals" in ASF 1937 SEP
   de Camp, L. Sprague & Fletcher Pratt  Gift of God, The (Gavagan's Bar: 2.)  ss  2nd story Gavagan's Bar series; de Camp & Pratt met in 1939, have an earlier series together, the Harold Shea series, which incl. The Incomplete Enchanter(UNK 1940 MAY as "The Roaring Trumpet" & 1940 AUG "The Mathematics of Magic"; 1947 fixup)
   Boucher, Anthony & J. Francis McComas  Recommended Reading  br  (1911-1968; 1911-1978) 9 best f/sf books of 1949, Brown: What Mad Universe; S.F. Wright: The World Below; Sturgeon: Without Sorcery; Bleiler & Dikty: The Best SF Stories, 1949; Bonestell & Ley: The Conquest of Space; L. Golding: Honey for the Ghost
   St. Clair, Margaret  World of Arlesia  ss  (1911-1995) born in Hutchinson, KS; earned an MA from the Univ. of California at Berkeley in 1932; 1st story pub. sf "Rocket to Limbo" in FAD 1946 NOV; has Oona and Jik series pub. in SSS & TWS(1947-49); also in F&SF under ps. Idris Seabright
   Alden, W.L.  Volcanic Valve, The  ss  (1837-1908) 1st pub. in Pall Mall Magazine in 1897 JUL, & in his coll. Van Wagener's Way(1898); 1st & only story in F&SF in his Prof. Van Wagener series; William Livingston Alden, born in MA, lived abroad in Italy & England after 1885
   Knight, Damon  Not With a Bang  ss  (1922-2002) born in Baker, OR; moved to NYC in early 1940s; longtime resident of Eugene, OR; member of the Futurians(NYC sf fan club); 1st sale a cartoon to AMZ; 1st story pub. "Resilience" in STI 1941 FEB; has book on early fandom, The Futurians(1977)
1950 SUM  Holding, Elisabeth Sanxay  Friday, the Nineteenth  ss  (1899-1955) suspense writer; began writing career in 1920 w. romance novels, incl. Invincible Minnie(1920), Angelica(1921); has stories basis of movies The Price of Pleasure(1925), The Bride Comes Home(1935); suspense novels Miasma(1929), Dark Power(1930)
   Cartmill, Cleve  Huge Beast  ss  3rd story BoIZ ser.; famous for nv "Deadline" in ASF 1944 MAR, which accurately predicted the atomic bomb in detail & attracted FBI attention, & which is documented in "The Manhattan Project's Confrontation w. S.F." by Albert Berger in ANA 1984 SEP
   Iams, Jack  Hat in the Hall, The  ss  (1910-1990) ps. for Samuel Harvey Iams Jr, journalist, author of light mysteries, 1st Nowhere With Music(1938), Table for Four(1939), The Body Missed the Boat(1947), Girl Meets Body(1947), A Shot of Murder(1950); has city editor Rocky Rockwell mys. ser.
   Maurois, André  War Against the Moon, The  ss  (1885-1967) 1st pub. in The Forum in 1927 JUL, & as a tiny volume in Dutton's "Today and Tomorrow" ser., in 1928, an excerpt, Chapter CXVII; ps. for Emile Herzog, biographer, novelist; has coll. The Weigher of Souls and The Earth Dwellers(1963)
   Starke, Henderson  Dumb Supper  ss  (1925-1980) ps. for Kris Neville; also in F&SF under his own name, and with co-author R. Bretnor
   Carter, Paul A.  Ounce of Prevention  ss  (1926- ) error lists author as Philip Carter; social historian & writer, 1st story pub. sf "The Last Objective" in ASF 1946 AUG; has anth. The Creation of Tomorrow: Fifty Years of Magazine Science Fiction(1977)
   Beddoes, Thomas Lovell  Death's Jest-Book, from  pm  (1803-1849) from Death's Jest Book, 1st pub. in 1850
   Rhodes, W.H.  Case of Summerfield, The  nv  (1822-1876) 1st pub. in The Sacramento Union, in two installments, May 1871, under the ps. "Caxton"; working name for William H. Rhodes, lawyer & writer; has coll. Caxton's Book: A Collection of Essays, Poems, Tales and Sketches(1876)
   Curtis, Betsy  Divine Right  ss  (1917-2002) her 1st pub. story; born in Toledo, OH; has 1939 BA & 1941 MA in English Lit. from Oberlin College; 2nd MA in Education from Allegheny College in 1966; pub. 15 sf/f stories in genre mags. incl. "The Steiger Effect" in ANA 1968 OCT, N-1969 HUG
   Boucher, Anthony & J. Francis McComas  Recommended Reading  br  Heinlein: Sixth Column, & Waldo and Magic, Inc; S. Fowler Wright: The Throne of Saturn; Merril(ed): Shot in the Dark; Anthony West: The Vintage; E.M. Butler: Ritual Magic; for br's & story intros A.B. & McC. take turns, if one writes, the other revises
   Matheson, Richard  Born of Man and Woman  vi  (1926- ) his 1st pub. story; author & screenwriter; born in Allendale, NJ; served in WWII, has 1949 degree in journalism from Univ. of Missouri; his fiction output dwindled in late 1960s-70s as he wrote for TV/movies; began writing fiction again in 1990s
   Wakefield, H.R.  Professor Pownall's Oversight  ss  (1888-1964) 1st pub. in The Royal Magazine 1928 MAR, as "The Unseen Player"; working name for Herbert Russell Wakefield, U.K. writer noted for ghost stories; has coll. They Return at Evening(1928)
   Chandler, A. Bertram  Haunt  ss  (1912-1984) Arthur Bertram Chandler, U.K. writer born in Aldershot, England; merchant sailor since 1928, "many of his novels feaure spaceships ... whose command structures are decidedly naval"(Clute); 1st story pub. "This Means War!" in ASF 1944 MAY
1950 FLL  Kornbluth, C.M.  Silly Season, The  ss  (1923-1958) Cyril M. Kornbluth, member of the Futurians(New York sf fan club); 1st pub. story "Stepsons of Mars" with Richard Wilson & Henry Dockweiler, in AST 1940 APR
   Hart, James S.  Traitor, The  ss 
   Grinnell, David  Top Secret  vi  (1914-1990) 1st pub. in Sir! Magazine, 1948; ps. for Donald A. Wollheim, a Futurian, writer & editor, lifetime resident of NYC; also in F&SF as Martin Pearson; 1st story pub. "The Man from Ariel" in WOS 1934 JAN
   Schoenfeld, Howard  Built Up Logically  ss  (1915- ) 1st pub. in Retort, 1949 WIN as "The Universal Panacea"; has sequel #145, F&SF 1951 DEC; has pub. mysteries in EQMM; has EQMM story "All of God's Children Has Shoes" reprinted in Bill Pronzini(ed): Midnight Specials(1977)
   Derleth, August  Room in a House, A  ss  (1909-1971) writer & editor, born in Sauk City, WI; 1st story pub. "Bat's Belfry" in WRT 1926 MAY; has colls. Someone in the Dark(1941), Something Near(1945), Not Long for This World(1948); also in F&SF with co-author H.P. Lovecraft, & with Mack Reynolds
   Nearing, H. Jr  Poetry Machine, The  ss  (1915- ? ) 1st story in Profs. Cleanth Penn Ransom & Archibald MacTate series, 1st pub. fiction; working name for Homer Nearing Jr, writer, Prof. of English at Pennsylvania Military College
   Pascal, David  Cartoon  ct  (1918- ) has illus. the books Ken Kraft: The Birds and the Beasts Were There(1961), & Give Father a Hard Knock(1962); Elmer Wheeler: The Fat Boy Goes Polyunsaturated(1963), Kenneth & Irene Donnelson: When You Need a Lawyer(1964)
   Peterson, Phyllis Lee  Pamela Pays the Piper  ss  (1909- ) 1st pub. in Canadian Home Journal; has book The Log Cabin in the Forest(1954); wrote for Canadian TV, adapting Louis Hemon's 1933 novel Maria Chapdelaine for Playdate(drama ser., 1961-64), scripted Strangers in Ste Angele for The Serial(1963-66)
   Angell, Roger  Just a Matter of Time  ss  (1920- ) 1st pub. in NYM, 7 FEB 1948; his fiction from NYM, coll. in The Stone Arbor and Other Stories(1970); chief fiction editor at NYM; see article on him at; has baseball books A Pitcher's Story(2001), etc
   Boucher, Anthony & J. Francis McComas  Recommended Reading  br  Ray Bradbury: The Martian Chronicles; Fritz Leiber: Gather, Darkness!; Andre Maurois: The Maurois Reader; August Derleth(ed): Beyond Time and Space; Eric Linklater: A Spell for Old Bones; Talbot Mundy: The Devil's Guard
   Whitley, George  Second Meeting  ss  (1912-1984) 1st pub. in Town & Country, in 1948; ps. for A. Bertram Chandler(& in F&SF as such), merchant seaman in the British Navy; has used this ps. for 22 sf/f stories in mags. NWS, FFM, WRT, AMZ, FUN, SFA, SCF, SSF, PLS, TWS & STS
   Harness, Charles  Heritage  nv  (1915- ) also in F&SF as Charles L. Harness; Charles Lockhart Harness, patent attorney(retired in 1981) & writer, born in Texas; 1st story pub. "Time Trap" in ASF 1948 AUG; has 1st novel Flight Into Yesterday(STS 1949 MAY; exp. 1953; vt The Paradox Men)
   Brown, Bill  Star Ducks, The  ss  (1910- )
1950 DEC  Boucher, Anthony & J. Francis McComas  Note From the Editors  note  change from a quarterly to a bimonthly publishing schedule
   Neville, Kris  Take Two Quiggies  nv  4th story unofficial Bureau of Imaginary Zoology series(the quiggie); also in F&SF under ps. Henderson Starke, & with co-author R. Bretnor, & Barry N. Malzberg
   de Camp, L. Sprague & Fletcher Pratt  Better Mousetrap, The  ss  3rd story Gavagan's Bar ser.; also in Shea ser., The Castle of Iron(UNK 1941 APR; 1950), The Wall of Serpents(FNF 1953 JUN; 1960 fixup), everything eventually assembled as The Intrepid Enchanter(1988 UK; vt The Complete Compleat Enchanter, 1989 US)
   Seabright, Idris  Listening Child, The  ss  (1911-1995) ps. for Margaret St. Clair; her 1st story pub. under this ps.; also in F&SF under her own name(& where you can find most of her biographical & bililographical info)
   van Vogt, A.E.  Process  ss  (1912-2000) Alfred E. van Vogt, born in Canada; 1st story pub. "The Black Destroyer" in ASF 1939 JUL; most stories pub. in ASF; 1st novel Slan(ASF 1940 SEP-DEC; 1946); has book Reflections of A.E. van Vogt(1975); see iv Platt: Dream Makers(1980; 1987)
   O'Brien, Fitz-James  Wondersmith, The  nv  1st pub. in ATL 1859 OCT; his most famous stories pub. in coll. The Supernatural Tales of Fitz-James O'Brien(2 vols., 1988, ed. by Jessica Amanda Salmonson)
   Paul, Herb  Angel With Purple Hair, The  ss  Air Force colonel; has short stories "The Old and the Bold" in Blue Book 1948 NOV, & "A Girl in the House" in Short Stories 1958 OCT, the latter a romance story
   King, C. Daly PhD  Dianetics: Book Review, A  br  (1895-1963) per F&SF, a psychologist & author of psychology books & articles; see comments #82 for question of authorship of "The Episode of the Perilous Talisman"
   Boucher, Anthony & J. Francis McComas  Recommended Reading  br  Judith Merril: Shadow on the Hearth; Donald A. Wollheim(ed): Flight Into Space; L. Sprague de Camp & Fletcher Pratt: The Incomplete Enchanter; Mary Griffith: Three Hundred Years Hence

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