Blade, Alexander

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One of the longest-lasting Ziff-Davis House Names, originally the personal pseudonym of David Vern (see David V Reed) – whose contributions under the name have not been identified, though probably "The Strange Adventure of Victor MacLiesh" (May 1941 Amazing) is by him. The name was later used by Howard Browne, Millen Cooke, Chester S Geier, Randall Garrett with Robert Silverberg (who also wrote solo under the name), Roger P Graham (Rog Phillips), Edmond Hamilton, William L Hamling, Heinrich Hauser, Berkeley Livingston, Herb Livingston, William P McGivern, David Wright O'Brien, Louis H Sampliner, Richard S Shaver, Don Wilcox and Leroy Yerxa. A large number of stories were published as by Blade, most in Amazing and Fantastic Adventures and some in Imagination, Imaginative Tales and Science Fiction Adventures. The name was last used by John Jakes for "The Deadly Mission" (September 1958 Space Travel) (see Imaginative Tales). [JC]

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