Gardner, Erle Stanley

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(1889-1970) US lawyer and author, most famous for the Perry Mason detective novels, beginning with The Case of the Velvet Claws (1933). He became extremely prolific from about 1921, publishing at least 60 stories and novel in Pulp magazines in 1933 alone; although he spent almost no time at all on sf – his first sf story was "Rain Magic" for (20 October 1928 Argosy All-Story Weekly), and his last was "The Human Zero" (19 December 1931 Argosy) – managed to produce enough fiction to fill The Human Zero: The Science Fiction Stories of Erle Stanley Gardner (coll 1981) edited by Martin H Greenberg and Charles G Waugh. The tales, all which first appeared in The Argosy and Argosy All-Story Weekly between 1928 and 1932, are efficient but unmemorable pulp sf, and now seem both dim and mechanical. "Monkey Eyes" (3 August 1929 Argosy All-Story Weekly) is an Apes as Human tale. [JC]

Erle Stanley Gardner

born Malden, Massachusetts: 17 July 1889

died Temecula, California: 11 March 1970

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