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Key, Eugene G

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1907-1976) US engineer and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Red Ace" for Air Wonder Stories in February 1930, a tale involving aerial piracy and Antigravity; his sf collection, Mars Mountain (coll 1935), published by William L Crawford's semi-professional company Fantasy Publications, was the first full-length book to appear from any US publishing house specializing in sf (see Small Presses and Limited Editions) – though non-specialist houses had of course been publishing sf for years – and so the precursor of great things to come. Otherwise the three stories assembled are unremarkable. [JC]

Eugene George Key

born Jackson, Mississippi: 5 August 1907

died Long Beach, California: 1 February 1976


  • Mars Mountain (Everett, Pennsylvania: Fantasy Publications, 1935) [coll: hb/Irving E G Bjorkman]


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