Keith Laumer

(1925 – 1993)

John Keith Laumer was a SF author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and a U.S. diplomat.

Laumer is known for his Bolo and Retief stories. Stories from the former chronicle the evolution of super tanks that become self-aware. The latter stories deal with the adventures of a cynical spacefaring diplomat who constantly has to overcome the failures of others. The Retief stories were greatly influenced by Laumer's career in the U. S. Foreign Service.

In addition to his Bolo and Retief stories, Laumer's more serious adventures included the subjects of time travel and alternate-world adventures such as found in his The Other Side Of Time, A Trace Of Memory, and Dinosaur Beach.

He was nominated for the 1971 Best Short Story Hugo and the 1978 Best Novella Hugo.
He also received some Nebula nominations.

He usually wrote as Keith Laumer, but occasionally used the pen name of Anthony Lebaron. His older brother, March, was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz. Frank Laumer, their younger brother, is an historian who also writes.


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