Larry Shaw (editor)

Lawrence Taylor Shaw (9 November 1924–1 April 1985) was a Hugo Award-winning science fiction fan, author, editor and literary agent who usually published as Larry T. Shaw.

Shaw joined a group of science fiction writers known as the Futurians during the early 1940s. From 1948 through the early 1950s, he wrote short fiction before becoming an editor for the magazines If and later Infinity Science Fiction. He published Harlan Ellison's first magazine story "Glowworm" (1955) in Infinity Science Fiction, after Ellison's first sale to EC Comics.

From 1954 to 1955 Shaw edited Rodding and Re-Styling, an automotive sports magazine.[1]

After those magazines terminated during 1958, Shaw edited monster movie magazines, automotive magazines and other material until 1963, when he began editing for Irwin Stein's company Lancer Books. He continued working as an editor until 1975, when he began work mainly as a literary agent. He received a Special Hugo Award during 1984 for lifetime achievement as an editor.[2]

Shaw was married to science fiction and Spur Award-winning Western fiction author Lee Hoffman from 1956 to 1958. He later married Noreen Kane (1930–2005). Shaw died of cancer on 1 April 1985.

Lawrence Taylor Shaw
BornNovember 9, 1924
DiedApril 1, 1985 (aged 60)
Pen nameLarry T. Shaw
Occupationeditor, author
Nationality United States
Genrescience fiction
Science fiction quarterly 195108
Shaw's "Seeds of Insecurity" was the cover story on the August 1951 issue of Science Fiction Quarterly


  1. ^ Ashley, Transformations, p. 73.
  2. ^ Long List of Hugo Awards: 1984


  • Ashley, Mike (2005). Transformations: The Story of the Science Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. ISBN 0-85323-779-4.

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Blank! is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. It was commissioned by Larry Shaw, editor of Infinity Science Fiction, as being the least inspirational title on which to base a story. Harlan Ellison and Randall Garrett were also invited to submit stories based on the same title; Garrett wrote one with "Blank?" as the title while Ellison submitted "Blank." All three were published in the magazine in June 1957. Asimov's story was later reprinted in the 1975 collection Buy Jupiter and Other Stories.

Larry Shaw

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