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(1919-2001) US nuclear physicist and long-time sf fan who was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame in 1998. He founded the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society in 1935, the oldest continuously running science fiction club in the US, and was the father of Tony Rothman. Besides books of popular science, Rothman wrote a small number of sf stories both under his own name and as by Lee Gregor, most of which involve space travel. Twelve were published in his lifetime. The first two Gregor stories were revised by Frederik Pohl, his agent at the time. One, "Heavy Planet" (August 1939 Astounding), his first published story, became the title piece of Rothman's posthumous collection Heavy Planet and Other Science Fiction Stories (coll 2004). Under his own name he also contributed science essays to Asimov's Science Fiction and wrote a regular column for The Skeptical Inquirer. [JC/DRL]
see also: Jupiter; Power Sources.
born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 30 November 1919
died Wyncote, Pennsylvania: 6 October 2001
Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 01:06 am on 26 January 2022.