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Harry C. Crosby, Jr./"Christopher Anvil," 1925-2009 - F. Brett Cox

Dec. 10th, 2009

10:58 am - Harry C. Crosby, Jr./"Christopher Anvil," 1925-2009

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SF writer who, under the Anvil byline, published over 100 short stories and several novels, mostly in the 1950s and 60s, according to the notice at Locus Online. I never read very much of his work. But the first sf magazines I ever saw were my brother's copies of Analog, where Anvil was a mainstay, and when I started buying the magazines myself in the early 1970s, I saw his name all the time. He was one of those writers who, even if you didn't follow his work closely, was Always Around, in the sf magazines, on the paperback spinner racks, on the bookstore shelves between Aldiss and Asimov--part of the warp and woof of the field I gave myself over to very early on. We will always need such writers.