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Bird, William Henry Fleming

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(1896-1971) UK art lecturer and author who published some magazine sf in the 1950s under his own name, and also as John Toucan and John Eagle. His debut story was "War Potential" (October 1952 Tales of Tomorrow) as by John Toucan, and the first under his own name was "Critical Age" (1953 Futuristic Science Stories #12). Later work was almost exclusively written for the firm of Curtis Warren and was also released under House Names: War of Argos (1952) as by Rand Le Page; Two Worlds (1952) as by Paul Lorraine; Operation Orbit (1953) as by Kris Luna; Cosmic Conquest (1953) as by Adrian Blair and The Third Mutant (1953) as by Lee Elliot. Most featured interstellar espionage agents fighting revolutionary Mutants. The later Jets #7: Blast-off into Space (1966) – not a Curtis Warren title – was written under a personal pseudonym, Harry Fleming, and exhibits more character. [JC]

William Henry Fleming Bird

born Croydon, Surrey: 3 March 1896

died Benfleet, Essex: 26 July 1971

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