Wednesday, March 18, 1970

Author - Russell, Eric Frank

Birth: January 6, 1905.

Death: February 28, 1978.

Comments: Eric Frank Russell was a British science fiction author known primarily for his humorous science fiction such as his Hugo Award winning short story Allamagoosa. Like most science fiction writers of his generation, he produced large numbers of pieces of short fiction, but only a handful of novels.

Russell served in the British military during World War II, although accounts as to exactly what he did during his years in service are varied. The official version, and the version that is probably true, is that he served in the RAF as a mobile signals operator, essentially a radio technician and operator. fellow science fiction author Jack Chalker, on the other hand, has maintained that he was actually working in military intelligence. This claim is, however, entirely undocumented and based on little more than Chalker's assertion.

Russell used a handful of pseudonyms, including Duncan H. Munro, which was possibly a reference to James Fenimore Cooper's Last of the Mohicans, which features the British characters Major Duncan Heyward and Lieutenant Colonel George Munro.

My reviews of Eric Frank Russell's books:

Other books by Eric Frank Russell that I have read but not reviewed:

Short fiction by Eric Frank Russell appearing in works that I have reviewed:
Allamagoosa found in The Hugo Winners, Volume 1
Now Inhale found in TV: 2000

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