Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.
(1918-1996) US author who wrote for SF Magazines as Donald Bern (seven stories, 1940-1944), Albert Bernsen (one story in 1950) and Robert Ray (one story in 1950; other magazine appearances of this name are Robert Ray). He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Man Who Knew All the Answers" in Amazing for August 1940 as by Donald Bern. His work was light-hearted and competent, though "If Tomorrow Be Lost" (June 1950 Fantastic Adventures) as by Robert Ray strikes a much darker note: an sf writer finds a pencil that writes about events that come true, but won't write about anything after 1950; the last thing written concerns the perfection of a new type of atom bomb. [MA/JC/DRL]
born Chicago, Illinois: 15 May 1918
died Chicago, Illinois: 17 May 1996
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