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Ross Rocklynne : biography

February 21, 1913 - October 29, 1988

Ross Rocklynne (February 21, 1913 – October 29, 1988) was the pen name used by Ross Louis Rocklin, an American science fiction author active in the Golden Age of Science Fiction.

Born in 1913 in Ohio, Rocklynne was a regular contributor to several science fiction pulps including Astounding Stories, Fantastic Adventures and Planet Stories. He was a professional guest at the first World Science Fiction Convention in 1939. Despite his numerous appearances and solid writing, Rocklynne never quite achieved the fame of his contemporaries Robert A. Heinlein, L. Sprague DeCamp, and Isaac Asimov. His well known stories include 1938's "The Men and the Mirror," which was part of his Colbie and Deverel series, and 1941's "Time Wants a Skeleton", which has been reprinted in several anthologies, including Asimov's Mammoth Book of Golden Age Science Fiction.

Rocklynne partially retired from writing in the late 1950s, but made a notable return in the 1970s when his novelette "Ching Witch!" was included in Harlan Ellison's original anthology, Again, Dangerous Visions (1972). "Ching Witch!" was later nominated for a Nebula award.

Rocklynne died in Los Angeles, California at the age of 75. He was survived by his two sons, Keith and Jeffrey.

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