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Fratz, D Douglas

Entry updated 19 February 2024. Tagged: Author, Critic, Editor, Fan.

(1952-2016) US publisher, editor and book reviewer who was the founding editor of the energetic sf news and reviews journal Thrust (which see) in February 1973, initially published by the University of Maryland Science Fiction Society but with himself as sole editor and publisher from #7 dated Spring 1977; the first issue carried his only recorded work of fiction "The Giant Slayers". He renamed the magazine Quantum with #36 for Spring 1990, and continued as editor and publisher until the double issue #43/44, Spring/Summer 1993, after which he voluntarily terminated the journal by merging it with Science Fiction Eye. The magazine earned Fratz five Hugo nominations in the Fanzine and Semiprozine categories from 1980 to 1991. He wrote articles about sf, many under the column title "The Alienated Critic", as well as conducting author Interviews and producing numerous sf/fantasy books reviews, mostly published in Thrust/Quantum. The final issue of that magazine contained a major autobiographical piece cover his beginnings in Comics and science fiction Fandom in the 1960s and 1970s, and subsequent activity up to his decision to cease publication.

Fratz also wrote numerous book reviews during that period and afterwards for other venues, including Washington Post Book World, Fantasy Review and Science Fiction Eye, and entries for numerous academic reference books. In the 1990s he wrote book reviews for Science Fiction Age, and in the 2000s reviewed primarily for Science Fiction Weekly (on the then Sci-Fi Channel web site), continuing to write reviews and articles for the site when it was renamed Sci-Fi Wire and then Blastr. In the 2010s, his primary outlets for book reviews and interviews were SF Site and The New York Review of Science Fiction. [JC/DDF/DRL]

Donald Douglas Fratz

born Oakland, Maryland: 18 November 1952

died Silver Spring, Maryland: 27 September 2016


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