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Fairman, Paul W

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

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(1909-1977) US editor and author in several genres, including crime stories and erotica; active from around 1947. His first published sf story was "No Teeth for the Tiger" for Amazing in February 1950, and for some years thereafter he was a regular contributor to the Ziff-Davis magazines under his own name, the pseudonyms Robert Lee and Mallory Storm, and various house pseudonyms (see House Names), including E K Jarvis, Clee Garson, Ivar Jorgensen (which began as a personal pseudonym) and Paul Lohrman; he also published books as by F W Paul (see below). He was the first editor of If, March-November 1952, but departed after four issues to join the Ziff-Davis staff. He left Ziff-Davis in 1954 but returned in December 1955 and became editor of Amazing Stories and Fantastic from May 1956, a position he held until September 1958, when he became managing editor of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (see Ellery Queen), holding this position until August 1963. He launched the short-lived Dream World in 1957.

Several of Fairman's books under his own name were novelizations of television scripts, including The World Grabbers: A Dramatic Novel Inspired by the Popular TV Program, One Step Beyond (1964), and City under the Sea (1965), based on the film City under the Sea (1965; vt War Gods of the Deep 1965) (see Under the Sea). Other books issued under his own name included the sf novel I, the Machine (1968), the horror-story collection The Doomsday Exhibit (coll 1971), and one juvenile, The Forgetful Robot (1968), featuring a Robot subjected a Memory Edit by a Mad Scientist in order to trigger it into saving the natives of Mars by eliminating human colonists. Two of his magazine stories were filmed: "Deadly City" (March 1953 If) as by Ivar Jorgensen, as Target Earth! (1954), and "The Cosmic Frame" (May 1955 Amazing) as Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957; vt Invasion of the Hell Creatures). Fairman was the principal user of the Ivar Jorgensen pseudonym, publishing under that name Ten from Infinity (1963; vt The Deadly Sky 1970; vt Ten Deadly Men 1975) and others [see Checklist]. He wrote one pseudonymous novel in collaboration with Milton Lesser, The Golden Ape (January-March 1957 Amazing as "Quest of the Golden Ape" as by Adam Chase and Ivar Jorgensen; 1959) as by Adam Chase. Several juvenile novels by Fairman were based on outlines by Lester del Rey and published as by del Rey, beginning with The Runaway Robot (1965). He also wrote several volumes of the Man from S.T.U.D. sequence, beginning with The Orgy at Madame Dracula's (1968). [BS]

Paul Warren Fairman

born Missouri: 22 August 1909 [1916 has also been incorrectly given]

died Newark, New Jersey: October 1977


under his own name

See also the Ivar Jorgensen listing below for Jorgensen titles reissued as by Fairman.

collections and stories

as by Adam Chase

as by Ivar Jorgensen

as by Lester Del Rey

as by Ellery Queen

as F W Paul


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