Paul W. Fairman

Paul Warren Fairman (1909-1969) was an editor and writer in a variety of genres under his own name and under pseudonyms. His detective story "Late Rain" was published in the February 1947 issue of Mammoth Detective. He published his story "No Teeth for the Tiger" in the February 1950 issue of Amazing Stories. Two years later, he was the founding editor of If, but only edited four issues. In 1955, he became the editor of Amazing Stories and Fantastic.[1] He held that dual position until 1958. His science fiction short stories "Deadly City" and "The Cosmic Frame" were made into motion pictures.


After leaving Ziff-Davis, the magazines' publisher, he focused on writing his own work, often under different names. He ghost-wrote several juveniles, such as The Runaway Robot (1965), based on outlines by Lester del Rey, whose name appeared on the books.[2] He also wrote the Sherlock Holmes part of Ellery Queen's A Study In Terror (1966), in which Ellery finds a previously unknown Sherlock Holmes manuscript.[1]

Movie and television adaptations

His short story "Deadly City", which appeared in the March 1953 issue of If magazine under the pseudonym Ivar Jorgensen, was made into the motion picture Target Earth. The story is about an alien invasion of Chicago and the evacuation of the city. The aliens had destroyed several Michigan towns, killing all the inhabitants, and had moved on to Illinois. The plot revolves around five characters who remain in the deserted city. They have to survive in a city devoid of people and facing annihilation by alien invaders.

His short story "The Cosmic Frame", published in the May 1955 Amazing Stories, was made into the 1957 science fiction movie Invasion of the Saucer Men and was remade, although uncredited, in 1965 as The Eye Creatures. The 1960 The Twilight Zone episode "People Are Alike All Over" was based upon his 1952 short story "Brothers Beyond the Void". His short story "Some Day They'll Give Us Guns" was filmed for the 1952 TV series The Unexpected, which was also known as Times Square Playhouse.

His short story "Beast of the Void" (currently available in Weird Science Fiction Tales: 101 Weird Scifi Stories Vol. 2, Civitas Library Classics) was published in 1956, and introduced the concept of amorphous intelligent matter in space capable of re-forming as perfect living copies of creatures from the memories of human explorers, including the protagonist's lost wife. (A similar theme was greatly expanded by Stanislaw Lem for his 1961 novel "Solaris", which was later filmed by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1972 and by Steven Soderbergh in 2002.)


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Fairman's short novel "Whom The Gods Would Slay" was the cover story in the June 1951 issue of Fantastic Adventures, but would not appear in book form until 1968
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Fairman's novella "The Girl Who Loved Death" was the cover story in the September 1952 issue of Amazing Stories
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Fairman's "The World Burners" was cover-featured on the February 1959 issue of Amazing Stories
  • Invasion From the Deep (1951)
  • Rest in Agony (1963) [as by Ivar Jorgensen]
  • Ten From Infinity (1963)
  • The World Grabbers (1964)
  • City Under the Sea (1965)
  • The Runaway Robot (1965) with Lester del Rey [as by Lester del Rey]
  • The Forgetful Robot (1968)
  • I, the Machine (1968)
  • Whom the Gods Would Slay (1968) [as by Ivar Jorgensen]
  • The Deadly Sky (1971) [as by Ivar Jorgensen]
  • The Doomsday Exhibit (1971)
  • That Girl (1971) [a gothic spin-off of the Marlo Thomas TV series]
  • The Frankenstein Wheel (1972)
  • The Diabolist (1972)
  • The Girl With Something Extra (1973)

Short stories

  • Late Rain (February, 1947) Mammoth Detective
  • The Body of Madelon Spain (August, 1947) Mammoth Detective
  • Hallowed Be the Name (August, 1947) Mammoth Mystery
  • No Hero Stuff (September, 1947) Mammoth Detective'
  • The Guns of God (November, 1947)'
  • Bullets For Breakfast (February, 1948) Mammoth Western
  • The Lady and the Lynch Mob (August, 1948) Mammoth Western
  • Nesters Die Hard (November, 1948) Mammoth Western
  • Dead Man’s Gold (December, 1948) Mammoth Western
  • The Memoirs of John Shevlin - The West’s Greatest Detective: The Case of the O’Henry Ending (December, 1949) Mammoth Western
  • Devil on the Mountain (1949) Mammoth Western Quarterly
  • The Broken Doll (July, 1950) Fantastic Adventures
  • No Teeth for the Tiger (February, 1950) Amazing Stories
  • Never Trust a Martian! (January, 1951) Amazing Stories
  • Whom the Gods Would Slay (1951) [as by Ivar Jorgensen]
  • Nine Worlds West (1951) [as by Clee Garson]
  • Invasion from the Deep (1951)
  • Witness for the Defense (1951)
  • The Man with the Clutching Hand (1951)
  • The Terrible Puppets (1951)
  • The Man Who Stopped at Nothing (1951)
  • Proud Asteroid (1951)
  • Deadly Cargo (December, 1951) Fantastic Adventures
  • The Missing Symbol (1952) [as by Ivar Jorgensen]
  • Rest in Agony (1952) [as by Ivar Jorgensen]
  • The Secret of Gallows Hill (1952)
  • A Child Is Missing (1952)
  • Brothers Beyond the Void (1952)
  • Strange Blood (1952)
  • The Dog with the Weird Tale (1952)
  • The Jack of Planets (1952)
  • Let's Have a Little Reverence (1952)
  • "Someday They'll Give Us Guns" (1952) starring Bobby Driscoll.
  • The Woman in Skin 13 (1952)
  • The Third Ear (1952)
  • The Girl Who Loved Death (1952)
  • Deadly City (1953)
  • Side Road to Glory (1953) [as by Robert Eggert Lee]
  • The Cosmic Frame (1955)
  • Beyond the Black Horizon (1955)
  • The Smashers (1955)
  • One Man to Kill (1955)
  • This Is My Son (1955)
  • The Man in the Ice Box (1955)
  • All Walls Were Mist (1955)
  • The Beasts of the Void (1956)
  • Black Blockade (1956)
  • Secret of the Martians (1956)
  • The Treasure is Mine! (1956)
  • The Beasts in the Void (1956)
  • Dalrymple's Equation (1956)
  • Jason and the Maker (1956)
  • Traitor's Choice (1956)
  • "I'll Think You Dead!" (1956)
  • The Body Hunters (1959)
  • The World Burners (1959)
  • Give Me My Body! (1959)
  • A Great Night in the Heavens (1959)
  • Culture for the Planets (1968)
  • Not Born to Greatness (1968)
  • Delenda Est Carthago (1968)
  • Interlude in the Desert (1968)
  • Robots Should Stick Together (1968)
  • The Pit (1968)
  • The Minefield (1968)
  • Mastermind of Zark (1968)
  • Phantoms of Zark (1968)
  • The Brown Package (1968)
  • Long Hop (1968)
  • The Gallant Lady (1968)
  • The Space Museum (1968)
  • Those Remarkable Ravencrafts (1968)
  • Lost in a Junkyard (1968)


  • They Write . . . (1952)
  • Introducing the Author: Paul W. Fairman (1956)
  • A New Kind of Fiction (1957)
  • Of Men and Dreams (1957)
  • It Began With a Letter from the Russians (1958)
  • Jehovah's Witnesses Aren't Science Fiction (1958)


  1. ^ a b Clute, John; Peter Nicolls (1993). Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 401. ISBN 0-312-09618-6.
  2. ^ Clute, John; Peter Nicolls (1993). Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 319. ISBN 0-312-09618-6.

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A Study in Terror

A Study in Terror is a 1965 British thriller film directed by James Hill and starring John Neville as Sherlock Holmes and Donald Houston as Dr. Watson. It was filmed at Shepperton Studios, London, with some location work at Osterley House in Middlesex.

The film had its world premiere at the Leicester Square Theatre in the West End of London on 4 November 1965. A Study in Terror presents the first film appearance of Mycroft Holmes.

Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology – Volume 1

Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology – Volume 1 is the first installment of Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology, one of the many Alfred Hitchcock story collection books; edited by Eleanor Sullivan. Originally published in hardcover in 1976 as Alfred Hitchcock's Tales to Keep You Spellbound, the book is a collection of 30 stories originally published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.

Amazing Stories

Amazing Stories is an American science fiction magazine launched in April 1926 by Hugo Gernsback's Experimenter Publishing. It was the first magazine devoted solely to science fiction. Science fiction stories had made regular appearances in other magazines, including some published by Gernsback, but Amazing helped define and launch a new genre of pulp fiction.

As of 2018, Amazing has been published, with some interruptions, for ninety-two years, going through a half-dozen owners and many editors as it struggled to be profitable. Gernsback was forced into bankruptcy and lost control of the magazine in 1929. In 1938 it was purchased by Ziff-Davis, who hired Raymond A. Palmer as editor. Palmer made the magazine successful though it was not regarded as a quality magazine within the science fiction community. In the late 1940s Amazing presented as fact stories about the Shaver Mystery, a lurid mythos that explained accidents and disaster as the work of robots named deros, which led to dramatically increased circulation but widespread ridicule. Amazing switched to a digest size format in 1953, shortly before the end of the pulp-magazine era. It was sold to Sol Cohen's Universal Publishing Company in 1965, which filled it with reprinted stories but did not pay a reprint fee to the authors, creating a conflict with the newly formed Science Fiction Writers of America. Ted White took over as editor in 1969, eliminated the reprints and made the magazine respected again: Amazing was nominated for the prestigious Hugo Award three times during his tenure in the 1970s. Several other owners attempted to create a modern incarnation of the magazine in the following decades, but publication was suspended after the March 2005 issue. A new incarnation appeared in July 2012 as an online magazine. Print publication resumed with the Fall 2018 issue.

Gernsback's initial editorial approach was to blend instruction with entertainment; he believed science fiction could educate readers. His audience rapidly showed a preference for implausible adventures, and the movement away from Gernsback's idealism accelerated when the magazine changed hands in 1929. Despite this, Gernsback had an enormous impact on the field: the creation of a specialist magazine for science fiction spawned an entire genre publishing industry. The letter columns in Amazing, where fans could make contact with each other, led to the formation of science fiction fandom, which in turn had a strong influence on the development of the field. Writers whose first story was published in the magazine include John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Howard Fast, Ursula K. Le Guin, Roger Zelazny, and Thomas M. Disch. Overall, though, Amazing itself was rarely an influential magazine within the genre after the 1920s. Some critics have commented that by "ghettoizing" science fiction, Gernsback harmed its literary growth, but this viewpoint has been countered by the argument that science fiction needed an independent market to develop in to reach its potential.

Cele Goldsmith Lalli

Cele Goldsmith Lalli (1933 – January 14, 2002) was an American editor. She was the editor of Amazing Stories from 1959 to 1965, Fantastic from 1958 to 1965, and later the Editor-in-Chief of Modern Bride magazine.


Fairman may refer to:

Bob Fairman (1885–1916), English footballer who played as a full-back or wing half

Charles E. Fairman (1856–1934), American physician who published in the field of mycology

Christopher M. Fairman, full professor of law at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Fairman Rogers (1833–1900), American civil engineer, educator, and philanthropist from Philadelphia

Jack Fairman (1913–2002), British racing driver from England

James F. Fairman, American electrical engineer who received the IEEE Edison Medal in 1959

James Fairman Fielder (1867–1954), American politician of the Democratic party

Michael Fairman (born 1934), American actor and writer

Paul W. Fairman (1916–1977), editor and writer in a variety of genres

Simon Fairman (1792–1857), inventor of the lathe chuck in 1830

Fantastic (magazine)

Fantastic was an American digest-size fantasy and science fiction magazine, published from 1952 to 1980. It was founded by the publishing company Ziff Davis as a fantasy companion to Amazing Stories. Early sales were good, and the company quickly decided to switch Amazing from pulp format to digest, and to cease publication of their other science fiction pulp, Fantastic Adventures. Within a few years sales fell, and Howard Browne, the editor, was forced to switch the focus to science fiction rather than fantasy. Browne lost interest in the magazine as a result and the magazine generally ran poor-quality fiction in the mid-1950s, under Browne and his successor, Paul W. Fairman.

At the end of the 1950s, Cele Goldsmith took over as editor of both Fantastic and Amazing Stories, and quickly invigorated the magazines, bringing in many new writers and making them, in the words of one science fiction historian, the "best-looking and brightest" magazines in the field. Goldsmith helped to nurture the early careers of writers such as Roger Zelazny and Ursula K. Le Guin, but was unable to increase circulation, and in 1965 the magazines were sold to Sol Cohen, who hired Joseph Wrzos as editor and switched to a reprint-only policy. This was financially successful, but brought Cohen into conflict with the newly formed Science Fiction Writers of America. After a turbulent period at the end of the 1960s, Ted White became editor and the reprints were phased out.

White worked hard to make the magazine successful, introducing artwork from artists who had made their names in comics, and working with new authors such as Gordon Eklund. His budget for fiction was low, but he was occasionally able to find good stories from well-known writers that had been rejected by other markets. Circulation continued to decline, however, and in 1978, Cohen sold out his half of the business to his partner, Arthur Bernhard. White resigned shortly afterwards, and was replaced by Elinor Mavor, but within two years Bernhard decided to close down Fantastic, merging it with Amazing Stories, which had always enjoyed a slightly higher circulation.

Henry Slesar

Henry Slesar (June 12, 1927 – April 2, 2002) was an American author, playwright, and copywriter. He is famous for his use of irony and twist endings. After reading Slesar's "M Is for the Many" in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock bought it for adaptation and they began many successful collaborations. Slesar wrote hundreds of scripts for television series and soap operas, leading TV Guide to call him "the writer with the largest audience in America."

If (magazine)

If was an American science-fiction magazine launched in March 1952 by Quinn Publications, owned by James L. Quinn.

The magazine was moderately successful, though for most of its run it was not considered to be in the first tier of science-fiction magazines. It achieved its greatest success under editor Frederik Pohl, winning the Hugo Award for best professional magazine three years running from 1966 to 1968. If published many award-winning stories over its 22 years, including Robert A. Heinlein's novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress and Harlan Ellison's short story "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream". The most prominent writer to make his first sale to If was Larry Niven, whose story "The Coldest Place" appeared in the December 1964 issue.

If was merged into Galaxy Science Fiction after the December 1974 issue, its 175th issue overall.

Invasion of the Saucer Men

Invasion of the Saucer Men (a.k.a. Invasion of the Hell Creatures, with the working title Spacemen Saturday Night), is a 1957 black-and-white comic science fiction horror film produced by James H. Nicholson for release by American International Pictures. The film was directed by Edward L. Cahn and stars Steven Terrell and Gloria Castillo. The screenplay by Robert J. Gurney Jr. and Al Martin was based on the 1955 short story "The Cosmic Frame" by Paul W. Fairman. Invasion of the Saucer Men was released as a double feature with I Was a Teenage Werewolf.

James L. Quinn (editor)

James L. Quinn was an American science fiction editor and publisher.

Quinn was the founding publisher of the science fiction magazine If and, after Paul W. Fairman left shortly after its launch in 1952, became its editor as well as publisher until 1958. During his tenure, the magazine's circulation never sold as well as he'd hoped, even with the assistance of Larry Shaw and a short tenure by Damon Knight as editor of the magazine. After several issues edited by Knight failed to reverse the circulation slide (many sf magazines saw a drop in circulation after the 1957 launch of Sputnik, probably for a variety of reasons), Quinn sold the title to Robert Guinn, publisher of Galaxy, where it continued with H.L. Gold as the editor, with assistance from eventual editor Frederik Pohl.

Quinn continued primarily as a publisher of word-puzzle magazines into the 1970s; several of his titles continue to be published by Kappa Publishers Group (as of 2011). (If was merged with Galaxy in 1974, though there have been attempts to revive the title since then.)

Kate Wilhelm

Kate Wilhelm (June 8, 1928 – March 8, 2018) was an American author. She wrote novels and stories in the science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres, including the Hugo Award–winning Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, and she established the Clarion Workshop with her husband Damon Knight and writer Robin Scott Wilson.

List of Harlequin Romance novels released in 1951

This is a list of Harlequin Romance novels released in 1951.

List of Harlequin Romance novels released in 1952

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Stephen Marlowe

Stephen Marlowe (born Milton Lesser, (1928-08-07)August 7, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, died February 22, 2008(2008-02-22) (aged 79), in Williamsburg, Virginia) was an American author of science fiction, mystery novels, and fictional autobiographies of Goya, Christopher Columbus, Miguel de Cervantes, and Edgar Allan Poe. He is best known for his detective character Chester Drum, whom he created in the 1955 novel The Second Longest Night. Lesser also wrote under the pseudonyms Adam Chase, Andrew Frazer, C.H. Thames, Jason Ridgway, Stephen Wilder and Ellery Queen.

Lesser attended the College of William & Mary, earning his degree in philosophy, marrying Leigh Lang shortly after graduating. The couple divorced in 1962. He was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War.He was awarded the French Prix Gutenberg du Livre in 1988 for The Memoirs of Christopher Columbus, and in 1997 he was awarded the "Life Achievement Award" by the Private Eye Writers of America. He also served on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America. He lived with his second wife Ann in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Target Earth (film)

Target Earth is a 1954 independently made American black-and-white science fiction film, produced by Herman Cohen, directed by Sherman A. Rose, that stars Richard Denning, Kathleen Crowley, Virginia Grey, and Whit Bissell. The film was distributed by Allied Artists Pictures Corporation.

Set in a deserted Chicago, the storyline follows a small group of people overlooked during a mass evacuation of "the city that never sleeps", carried out because of a sudden invasion by hostile robotic beings believed to be from the planet Venus.

That Girl

That Girl is an American sitcom that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971. It starred Marlo Thomas as the title character Ann Marie, an aspiring (but only sporadically employed) actress, who moves from her hometown of Brewster, New York, to try to make it big in New York City. Ann has to take a number of offbeat "temp" jobs to support herself in between her various auditions and bit parts. Ted Bessell played her boyfriend Donald Hollinger, a writer for Newsview Magazine; Lew Parker and Rosemary DeCamp played Lew Marie and Helen Marie, her concerned parents. Bernie Kopell, Ruth Buzzi and Reva Rose played Ann and Donald's friends. That Girl was developed by writers Bill Persky and Sam Denoff, who had served as head writers on The Dick Van Dyke Show (with which Thomas's father, Danny Thomas, was closely associated) earlier in the 1960s.

The Eye Creatures

The Eye Creatures (a.k.a. Attack of the The Eye Creatures) is a 1965 American made-for-TV science fiction/horror film about an unnamed countryside that is invaded by a flying saucer and its silent, shambling alien occupants.

The Eye Creatures, an Azalea Pictures film, was directed by B-movie director/producer/auteur Larry Buchanan and starred John Ashley. The screenplay was developed by uncredited writers Robert J. Gurney Jr. and Al Martin from the short story "The Cosmic Frame" by Paul W. Fairman (also uncredited). The film was a color remake of the 1957 black and white American International Pictures film Invasion of the Saucer Men, intended to fill out a package of AIP films released to television.

Tunnel Through Time

Tunnel Through Time is a 1966 science fiction novel written by Paul W. Fairman under American science fiction and fantasy author Lester Del Rey's byline. It is a children's time travel adventure.

Worlds of Tomorrow

Worlds of Tomorrow is an anthology of science fiction stories edited by American writer August Derleth. It was first published by Pellegrini & Cudahy in 1953. Many of the stories had originally appeared in the magazines Worlds Beyond, Fantastic, Fantasy, The Magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Science Fiction, If, Fantastic Adventures, Future, Startling Stories, Astounding Stories, Weird Tales, The Fantasy Fan and Thrilling Wonder Stories. Abridged editions were published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 1955, Berkley Books in 1958 and Four Square Books in 1963.

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