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Evans, E Everett

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1893-1958) US sf fan and author, who began to publish relatively late in life, his first story of genre interest being "Perfection" for The Vortex #2 in 1947, and who had mixed success, though there is no doubt of the affection in which other Californian sf writers and fans held him, as evinced in the many tributes to him – from writers such as E E "Doc" Smith and A E van Vogt – that were included in a compilation of his macabre fantasy stories, Food for Demons: The E Everett Evans Memorial Volume (coll 1971; cut vt Food for Demons 1974 chap). This homage was set up and printed, though not bound, as early as 1959; it contains his best work. Evans's novels were digestible but routine. The adventures of Esper spy George Hanlon in Man of Many Minds (1953) and its sequel, Alien Minds (1955), are without much bite; and Evans's juvenile, The Planet Mappers (1955), is also very mild. With (according to Forrest J Ackerman) uncredited input from his wife Thelma D Hamm, he collaborated with E E Smith – whom he admired greatly – on one story which Smith expanded into Masters of Space (November 1961-January 1962 If; coll of linked stories 1976). After his death, the E Everett Evans Big Heart Award was created by Forrest J Ackerman and others to honour "outstanding service" to the sf field; it is given annually at the Hugo awards ceremony at Worldcon, almost always to a senior fan. [JC]

Edward Everett Evans

born Michigan: 30 November 1893

died Los Angeles, California: 2 December 1958



George Hanlon

individual titles


  • Food for Demons: The E Everett Evans Memorial Volume (San Diego, California: Kenneth J Krueger, Shroud Publishers, 1971) [coll: pb/John Pound]
    • Food for Demons (North Hollywood, California: Fantasy House, 1974) [coll: chap: cut vt of the above: in the publisher's Fantasy Reader series: illus/Henry M Eichner: pb/John Pound]
  • Masters of Space (London: Orbit, 1976) by E E Smith [coll of linked stories: contains work in collaboration with Evans: pb/]


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