Monday, October 15, 2012

Science Fiction Author Pen Names

     Several years ago, I decided to read the short novel "One of Our Asteroids is Missing" by an unknown author, named Calvin M. Knox. It was on an Ace Double, along with "The Twisted Men" by A.E. van Vogt. I figured it would be terrible, but it turned out to be a very smooth read. Calvin Knox suddenly became an author worth checking out and I wondered why I had never heard of him before. Within 10 seconds of investigative work, I discovered that Calvin Knox is a pseudonym of Robert Silverberg. I had heard of Silverberg, but I had never read any of his work previously.
     I went through my science fiction book collection and made a list of the pseudonyms I discovered, along with the real names.

PSEUDONYM                                                           REAL NAME

Charles Beaumont
Charles Leroy Nutt
C.J. Cherryh
Caroline Janice Cherry
John Christopher
Samuel Youd
Curt Clark
Donald E. Westlake
Hal Clement
Harry Clement Stubbs
David Grinnell
Donald Wollheim
F.A. Javor
Francis Anthony Jaworski
Calvin M. Knox
Robert Silverberg
Murray Leinster
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
John Lymington
John Richard Newton Chance
Charles Eric Maine
David McIlwain
K.M. O’Donnell
Barry Malzberg
John Rankine
Douglas Mason
Arthur Sellings
Robert Arthur Gordon Ley
Cordwainer Smith
Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
Bart Somers
Gardner Fox
Don A. Stuart
John W. Campbell, Jr.
William Tenn
Philip Klass
James Tiptree, Jr.
Alice Sheldon
Jack Vance
James Holbrook Vance

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