Ronald Joseph Goulart is a very prolific author of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery stories and a popular culture historian. While a student at The University of California, Berkeley, he contributed artwork to science fiction fanzines. He also belonged to a writing group conducted by Anthony Boucher, whom he later described as "the closest thing to a mentor I ever had." His early career in advertising influenced much of his work. In the early 1960s, he wrote the newspaper parody "Chex Press" on Ralston Cereal boxes. During 1969-1970 he contributed a book review column to Venture Science Fiction Magazine.
He has written under several pseudonyms, including Chad Calhoun, R. T. Edwards, Ian Jamieson, Josephine Kains, Jillian Kearney, Howard Lee, Zeke Masters, Frank S. Shawn, and Joseph Silva — and the house names of Con Steffanson and Kenneth Robeson.
His first professional publication was a science fiction story, "Letters to the Editor," that appeared in the April, 1952, issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. This parody of a letters column in a science fiction magazine had first appeared in The University of California's student publication, Pelican. In the 1980s he edited a magazine devoted to comic strips and comic books. During 1996-1997 he edited/published his own fanzine, Comics History Magazine, for a total run of six issues.
He has published more than 180 books. His most acclaimed science fiction novel was After Things Fell Apart (1970), nominated for an Edgar Award. His non-fiction work, Over 50 Years of American Comic Books, appeared in 1991.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1971 — Pat Terry Award for Humour in SF
- 1979 — Lunacon 22
- 1991 — Necronomicon '91
- 2002 — Raymond Z. Gallun Award
- 2006 — LibertyCon 19
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