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Lawrence, Jim

Entry updated 18 February 2021. Tagged: Author.

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Working name of US teacher and author James Duncan Lawrence (1918-1994), active from 1941 until the 1980s; he was one of the main authors in the Second Series of Tom Swift books (see Children's SF), comprising the Tom Swift Jr sequence as by Victor Appleton II (see Victor Appleton); Lawrence's contributions begin with #5: Tom Swift and His Atomic Earth Blaster (1954) and end with #30: Tom Swift and His G-Force Inverter (1968), all as by Victor Appleton II (for list of titles by other authors see Tom Swift). Lawrence also revised various Hardy Boys titles as by Franklin W Dixon for 1960s reissue: see John Button for an example of mild genre interest. His remaining sf output consists of the unremarkable, mildly erotic Man from Planet X sequence – The Man from Planet X #1: The She-Beast (1975), The Man from Planet X #2: Tiger by the Tail (1975) and The Man from Planet X: The Devil to Pay (1975), all as by Hunter Adams – and two novels tied to Shared-World franchises: ESP McGee and the Haunted Mansion (1983 chap) for the ESP McGee series, and The Cutlass Clue (1986) for the A.I. Gang series. [JC]

James Duncan Lawrence

born Detroit, Michigan: 22 October 1918

died Summit, New Jersey: 19 March 1994



Tom Swift (Second Series)

There is conflicting evidence as to #30, which may have been written by Thomas Mulvey. We list it here until further evidence comes to light.

Man from Planet X

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