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Wolf, Mari

Entry updated 20 November 2023. Tagged: Author.

(1926-    ) US fan (see Fandom), technician in the rocket industry, and author, married to Rog Phillips 1950-1955; her only novel, The Golden Frame (1961), is nonfantastic. She began publishing work of genre interest with Robots of the World! Arise! (July 1952 If; 2010 ebook); it is not established if her first use of the word Droid, in this story, was known to George Lucas, who seemingly thought he had created the term in 1977 and subsequently copyrighted it, nor is it known if Wolf would be allowed free use of her neologism today. Her modest professional output, seven stories published between 1952 and 1954, was assembled as Mari Wolf Resurrected: The Complete Short Stories of Mari Wolf (coll 2011); a selection appeared as Anthology of Sci-Fi V33: The Pulp Writers: Mari Wolf (coll 2013). A competent author of Space Opera and other adventures, and much involved in fan activities (see Fandom), including authorship of the "Fandora's Box" column in Imagination 1951-1956, she abruptly gafiated (dropped out of fandom; see Fan Language) around the end of the 1950s, and has not been active since. [JC]

Mari Wolf

born Laguna Beach, California: 27 August 1926 [early sf references wrongly give 1927]



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