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Cole, Everett B

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(1910-2001) US author, formerly a professional US Army soldier and veteran of the Omaha Beach landing in World War Two; he retired from service in 1960 and was a high school teacher until his second retirement in the mid-1970s. He began publishing sf with "Philosophical Corps" for Astounding in March 1951, as by E B Cole – the first of the Philosophical Corps series for Astounding, which ceased there in 1956 before concluding much later with "Here, There Be Witches" (April 1970 Analog). The Philosophical Corps (stories March 1951-April 1955 Astounding: fixup 1961) is based on the first story and two others also as by E B Cole, "Fighting Philosopher" (April 1954 Astounding) and The Players (April 1955 Astounding; 2007 ebook); the remaining stories are "These Shall Not Be Lost" (January 1953 Astounding), Millennium (May 1955 Astounding; 2008 ebook). The philosopher protagonist of the series, Commander A-Riman, brooks no nonsense from Aliens and the like, whom he re-educates in course of his Space-Opera adventures; notably, however, he attempts to avoid military confrontations with other breeds. A second novel, The Best Made Plans (November-December 1959 Astounding; 2007 ebook) did not break new ground. Besides sf Cole also wrote numerous historical works about southwest Texas, not listed below. [JC/DRL]

Everett B Cole

born Jamestown, New York: 17 April 1910

died between Yorktown and Victoria, Texas [car accident en route], 21 August 2001

works (selected)


Philosophical Corps

individual titles

  • The Best Made Plans (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2007) [ebook: novel: first appeared November-December 1959 Astounding: na/]
  • Indirection (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2007) [story: ebook: first appeared January 1956 Astounding: na/]
  • Final Weapon (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2008) [story: ebook: first appeared June 1955 Astounding: na/]
  • The Weakling (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2009) [story: ebook: first appeared February 1961 Analog: na/]


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