Floyd L. Wallace had, for a decade, a prospering career as a science fiction author. During that time he had two dozen stories published, many of them in Galaxy, one of the more prestigious magazines of the time. He also had a novel, Address: Centauri published. In addition to science fiction, he wrote mysteries and had a number of stories published, as well as two mystery novels, Three Times a Victim and Wired for Scandal.
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Though he was one of the more prolific science fiction writers during the 30’s, Harl Vincent is not as well known today as some of his contemporaries such as Edmond Hamilton, Jack Williamson, and Murray Leinster. Perhaps this is because he stopped writing in the early 40’s and thus did not have a presence during the “Golden Age” of science fiction that occurred after World War II.
The decade of the 50’s was a special period for the short story in science fiction. Numerous magazines provided outlets for both established and new writers. One of the results of this, was women entering the field in unprecedented numbers. While it is true that there had been women writers in the pulp era of the 30’s and 40’s, most notably Leigh Brackett and C. L. Moore, they had been the exception, not the rule. In the 50’s, their numbers, if not exploded, at least increased dramatically.
From his first published story, “A Martian Odyssey,” it was obvious that Stanley Grauman Weinbaum was something new and different. Up until that time most science fiction stories, especially those in the pulp magazines, were little more than adventure stories with a change of locale to some planet or moon that really wasn’t that different than a Terrestrial desert or jungle. Aliens, if they were present, were merely monsters, there for the hero to vanquish before getting the girl.
Jesse F. Bone Resurrected: Selected Stories of Jesse Franklin Bone There isn’t a lot of biographical information readily available on Jesse Franklin Bone. At the time this is written, there is no Wikipedia entry, no internet bibliography, only links to some of his works that are in the public domain. In the end, like any […]
The usual sources, Wikipedia and the Internet Speculative Fiction Database, offer little in the way of biographical data on Mari Wolf. She was born August 27, 1927. She wrote a column called “Fandora’s Box” for the magazine Imagination from the April 1951 issue until April of 1956 at which time it was taken over by Robert Bloch. She wrote a number of short stories in the early 50’s, seven according to the ISFDB, and one novel, The Golden Frame that was published in 1961.
Alan E. Nourse was in many ways typical of the generation responsible for the “Golden Age of Science fiction.” Born in the Midwest, he served in the Navy before entering college. He turned to writing to finance his education, and continued to write after obtaining his M.D. Most of his science fiction was written during the 50’s. In later years he wrote a number of non-fiction books on both medical and scientific topics as well as a regular column on medicine for Good Housekeeping.
With Key Out of Time Andre Norton takes the Time Traders series into a more mystical realm, where the technology of the spacefaring aliens confronts the magic of the elder race of the Foanna. In many ways, this transition mirrors a transition in all of Norton’s works from the space based stories of the 50’s and early 60’s to the fantasies of the the late 60’s and 70’s.