Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.
(1926-2007) US Indiana Judicial Circuit Court judge 1975-1988 and author, most active as an author of suspense novels, one of which, The Poison Summer (1974), was named in the New York Times Best of the Year List in 1974. A member of First Fandom and a lifelong sf fan, he began publishing sf with "Eyes of the Double Moon" for Planet Stories in May 1953, and appeared with some frequency in the field, publishing more than thirty tales of the fantastic over fifty years; some were as J L Hensley and one, in collaboration with Alexei Panshin, was as by Louis J A Adams. Along with non-genre tales, the best of this work appears in Final Doors (coll 1981), including two collaborations with Harlan Ellison. His work is vigorous and action-oriented, possibly to a fault in his only sf novel, The Black Roads (1976), a chase story set in a Post-Holocaust USA whose integral web of roads is dominated by a tyrannous organization; a rebellion is in the works. [JC]
Joe Louis Hensley
born Bloomington, Indiana: 19 March 1926
died Madison, Indiana: 27 August 2007
- The Black Roads (Toronto, Ontario: Laser Books, 1976) [pb/Kelly Freas]
- Final Doors (Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1981) [coll: hb/]
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