Eric Frank Russell

(1) A British Pro

(January 6, 1905 — February 29, 1978)

Eric Frank Russell was a British pro. Much of his work was first published in the United States, in Astounding and other pulp magazines. Russell also wrote horror fiction for Weird Tales. Several of his stories were published under the pseudonyms of Webster Craig, Brad Kent, Duncan H. Munroe, and Niall Wilde.

Russell was born in 1905 near Sandhurst in Berkshire, where his father was an instructor at the Royal Military Academy. Russell became a fan of science fiction in 1934. While living near Liverpool, he saw a letter in Amazing from Leslie J. Johnson, another reader from the same area. Russell contacted Johnson, who encouraged him to embark on a writing career. Together, the two men wrote an SF story, “Seeker of Tomorrow,” that was published in the July, 1937, issue of Astounding.

He became an active member of British SF fandom and published the one-shot Future. He attended the first British SF Convention

Russell's first novel was Sinister Barrier, cover story for the inaugural, May, 1939, issue of Unknown, Astounding's sister magazine. It is a Fortean tale, with the Vitons based on Charles Fort's famous speculation: “I think we're property.” His second novel, Dreadful Sanctuary (serialized in Astounding during 1948) is an early example of conspiracy fiction. He took up writing full-time in the late 1940s and was the British representative of the Fortean Society. His 1951 novelette "And Then There Were None" gave fandom the concept of the "ob" and the initialism "MYOB".

Hugo Nominations:

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame inducted Russell in 2000 and his novel, The Great Explosion, won a Prometheus Hall of Fame Award in 1985.

His biography has been published: Into Your Tent—The World of Eric Frank Russell by John L. Ingham.

See also http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/russell_eric_frank

(2) A Australian Fan

Eric F. Russell was a fan living in Sydney active in the 40s and 50s. His bother was Edward Russell and they published Ultra in the 1940s.


This is a biography page. Please extend it by adding more information about the person, such as fanzines and apazines published, awards, clubs, conventions worked on, GoHships, impact on fandom, external links, anecdotes, etc.