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Hoffman, Lee

Entry updated 9 January 2023. Tagged: Author, Fan.

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Working name of US sf fan and author Shirley Bell Hoffman (1932-2007), married (1956-1958) to Larry T Shaw. She first became known in the field for her two influential Fanzines, Quandry (30 issues 1950-1953) and Science-Fiction Five-Yearly (12 issues on the stated schedule, 1951-2006); the latter won the fanzine Hugo after her death. Between 1979 and 1983, Hoffman published three historical romances as Georgia York, though she is probably best known for her Westerns, of which she wrote seventeen between 1966 and 1978. After some early brief tales for fanzines, she began publishing sf professionally with a short novel, Telepower (1967 chap dos), set subsequent to a nuclear Holocaust. This was followed by The Caves of Karst (1969), Always the Black Knight (June-August 1970 Fantastic; 1970) and Change Song (1972). The last-named is, typically of her work, a polished, unpretentious Planetary Romance in which a juvenile protagonist on a planet similar to but probably not Earth succeeds in acquiring self-knowledge along with adult power. In and Out of Quandry (coll 1982 chap dos) is a short collection of fanzine essays and squibs, mostly humorous (see Quandry). [JC]

Shirley Bell Hoffman

born Chicago, Illinois: 14 August 1932

died Port Charlotte, Florida: 6 February 2007


collections and stories

  • Many Sunsets (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Gafia Press, 1952) [poetry: coll: chap: in the publisher's Gafia Poetry Leaflet series: pb/]



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