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Runyon, Charles W

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1928-2015) US author of thrillers and some sf, who began publishing the latter with "First Man in a Satellite" for Super-Science Fiction in December 1958; sixteen further short sf/fantasy stories followed, chiefly for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. His first sf novel Pig World (1971) depicts a Near-Future USA governed by a right-wing tyranny challenged by a vicious would-be demagogue. Soulmate (April 1970 F&SF; exp 1974) is a novel of possession (see Horror in SF), the victim being a young prostitute. I, Weapon (1974) features much violence and Sex involving Aliens. Runyon's sf tends to be action-filled, without extensive displacement or speculative content.

Runyon was one of several sf authors who ghosted paperback-original thrillers under the Ellery Queen byline. [JC/DRL]

Charles West Runyon

born Sheridan, Missouri: 4 June 1928

died Cedar Park, Texas: 8 June 2015

works (selected)

  • Pig World (Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1971) [hb/Jan Faust]
  • Ames Holbrook, Deity (New York: Curtis Books, 1972) [pb/Jack Faragasso]
  • Soulmate (New York: Avon Books, 1974) [short version first appeared April 1970 F&SF: pb/]
  • I, Weapon (Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1974) [hb/Richard Mantell]

nonfantastic as by Ellery Queen


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