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Author Information: Robert A.W. Lowndes

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Robert Augustine Ward Lowndes
September 4, 1916 - July 14, 1998

A familiar and beloved figure at early (and later) science fiction conventions, "Doc" Lowndes was a pioneer of the field, both as author and editor. (Apparently nobody at those early conventions ever thought to bring a Brownie camera: the sketch above was drawn by the talented young Harry Harrison for the November 1951 issue of Marvel Science Fiction.) Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Harry I. and Fannie Stevens Lowndes, he was one of the youngest pulp editors at the start of his career in 1940, and was still working as an editor (appropriately enough, for Gernsback Publications) before his retirement in 1992. He was a Mason and a member of the Baker Street and Praed Street Irregulars, and a contributor to the Cthulhu Mythos. A classical music buff as well as a lover of history (both past and future) he was active in community theater, sometimes on stage. "Doc" Lowndes was guest of honor at LUNACON in 1969 and again at BOSKONE in 1973. He is credited with five novels or collections, including The Mystery of the Third Mine (1953), Believer's World (1959), Puzzle Planet (1961), and a collaboration with James Blish, The Duplicated Man.


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