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By Billee J. Stallings

Will F. Jenkins, identified to technology fiction fanatics via his penname Murray Leinster, used to be one of the so much prolific American writers of the 20 th century. "The Dean of technology Fiction," as he used to be occasionally recognized, released greater than 1,500 brief tales and a hundred books in a occupation spanning greater than fifty years. This biography, written via his youngest daughters, chronicles Murray Leinster's inner most and literary existence from his first writings for The clever Set and early pulp magazines corresponding to Argosy, remarkable tales and extraordinary tales, during the golden age of technological know-how fiction within the Nineteen Thirties in the course of the Nineteen Fifties, to his demise in 1975. incorporated as appendices are his well-known 1946 tale "A common sense Named Joe" and 1954 essay "To construct a robotic Brain."

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By 1913, when Will was beginning to be published in The Smart Set, Thayer realized he needed help and brought in Willard Huntington Wright, a model of precocity. ” At nineteen, he was literary editor of the Los Angeles Times. He was a handsome man with a cleft chin and a magnificent upswept moustache. Mencken had encouraged him to apply for the editor’s position, and Wright got along well with both Mencken and Nathan, and their idea Three • The Early Days: 1910 –1919 25 to make their work fun. Will remembered their escapades with fond amusement.

Louisa was popular, and there were plans to expand. Will invented a male love novelist, Dana Furnam, and proposed a serial with Louisa and Dana writing alternating chapters. But all of a sudden he couldn’t do it. ” The Munsey Company tried to encourage him: “They offered a cent a word, then two cents and finally three cents a word if I would just go back to being my old Louisa. It would have meant five, six hundred dollars a week — in the early Twenties! ” But a check was a check, and he managed to write “the phoney stuff ” occasionally as late as 1937 when Thrilling Love published a story by him.

Although Mary never drove after she was married, she had a license and was proud to have learned in her brother’s Cadillac. Will was very much in love, and it is obvious that he was thinking about her in the fall of 1919 when staying with Lula and her family in Fentress (a section in Norfolk), Virginia. The evidence of this poem suggests that their meeting on the beach may have taken place that previous summer. The poem, dated October 25, 1919, and signed Murray Leinster, survives: I gaze, unseeing, from my small high window And lean outside to seize my little share Of faint, infrequent, vagrant breezes, While longing for a country fair Five • Marriage: The 1920s 41 Where cities do not make the very night winds Hot-breathed and dust-filled torments, where I might recline upon broad moonlit beaches And watch your face, framed in your dark, dark hair.

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