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Mills, Robert P

Entry updated 16 August 2021. Tagged: Editor.

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(1920-1986) US editor and literary agent, managing editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from its inception; he assumed the editorship proper – a month after publishing his only story, "The Last Shall be First", for the magazine – with the September 1958 issue, following Anthony Boucher's resignation, remaining editor until March 1962 and continuing thereafter as consulting editor until February 1963. He had previously been managing editor of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (see Ellery Queen) from June 1948 to 1958. During his tenure, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction maintained its standing as the most sophisticated SF Magazine and won Hugos in 1959, 1960 and 1963. Mills edited several F&SF Anthologies, including The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Ninth Series (anth 1960; cut vt Flowers for Algernon and Other Stories 1960), Tenth Series (anth 1961) and Eleventh Series (anth 1962), as well as A Decade of Fantasy and Science Fiction (anth 1960) and Twenty Years of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (anth 1970), the latter with Edward L Ferman. Mills was also editor of Venture Science Fiction during its first incarnation (1957-1958), when the magazine was renowned for its "daring" approach to sexual topics. He later edited The Worlds of Science Fiction (anth 1963), an individual title.

After leaving F&SF Mills became a literary agent, operating as Robert P Mills Ltd, and during the 1960s and early 1970s served a prestigious list of clients. He sold the agency to Richard A Curtis in 1984. [MJE]

Robert Park Mills

born Missoula, Montana: 10 February 1920

died San Diego, California: 7 February 1986

works as editor


Fantasy and Science Fiction

individual titles


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