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Ottum, Bob

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1925-1986) US sports author and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "She Called Me Frankie" for Science Fiction Quarterly in May 1953. In his surprisingly funny sf novel, All Right, Everybody Off the Planet (1972), inefficient Aliens send a spy among us in human form; the humour derives from their ignorance of human relationships and from their attempts to stage-manage an impressive First Contact. A similar notion – with the sexes reversed – was much later used, leadenly, for the film My Stepmother is An Alien (1988). [JC]

Robert K Ottum Jr

born Duluth, Minnesota: 9 June 1925

died Salt Lake City, Utah: 11 June 1986

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