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Browne, Howard

Entry updated 12 December 2022. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1908-1999) US author and editor who worked 1942-1947 for Ziff-Davis where, among other responsibilities, he was managing editor of Amazing Stories and Fantastic Adventures, then under Raymond A Palmer's editorship. He contributed stories to the magazines, two serials about the Tarzan-like prehistoric adventurer Tharn being published also in book form as Warrior of the Dawn: The Adventures of Tharn (December 1942-January 1943 Amazing; 1943) and The Return of Tharn (October-December 1948 Amazing; 1956). His work appeared under a variety of pseudonyms and Ziff-Davis House Names including Alexander Blade, Lawrence Chandler, Ivar Jorgensen (stories only), Jack Lait, Lee Mortimer, John Pollard and Lee Francis. A Blade novella – "Carbon-Copy Killer" (July 1943 Amazing) was much later published with a similar sf mystery under his own name, "Twelve Times Zero" (March 1952 If), under the integrated title Twelve Times Zero/Carbon-Copy Killer (1997 chap dos). After a period in Hollywood, in 1950 Browne became editor of Amazing – where he rejected a mass of material by Richard S Shaver – and Fantastic Adventures. He presided over Amazing's change from Pulp magazine to Digest format, and over the demise of Fantastic Adventures in favour of the digest-sized Fantastic. He returned to Hollywood in 1956. Primarily a mystery writer – his early work in that field being signed John Evans – Browne is reported to have detested sf, but to have liked fantasy. [MJE/JC]

see also: Politics.

Howard Carleton Browne

born Omaha, Nebraska: 15 April 1908

died Carlsbad, California: 28 October 1999




individual titles

collections and stories

  • Mars Confidential (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2010) as by Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer [story: ebook: first appeared April-May 1953 Amazing: na/]
  • Call Him Savage (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2010) as by John Pollard [story: ebook: first appeared March 1954 Amazing: na/]


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