(1912-1986) US fan and critic who wrote the first work of criticism devoted to American sf: Hammer and Tongs (coll 1937 chap). This is assembled from four essays and reviews contributed to The Science Fiction Critic – an early Fanzine edited by Beck's brother Claire P Beck – with a newly written author's preface. Beck also contributed occasionally to other sf/fantasy magazines such as the Fantasy Advertiser and the Science Fiction Advertiser between 1950 and 1951, and in 1950 he published the sf novelette "Collision Orbit" (Summer 1950 Planet Stories). [DRL/LGS]
see also: Critical and Historical Works About SF.
Clyde F Beck
born California: 7 May 1912
died Los Angeles, California: 9 July 1986
- Hammer and Tongs (Lakeport, California: The Futile Press, 1937) [coll: chap: hb/nonpictorial]
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