Alfred Coppel

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(1921 -- 2004)

Alfred Coppel (Alfredo Jose de Arana-Marini Coppel) was an American author. Born in Oakland, California, he served as a fighter pilot in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. After his discharge, he started his career as a writer.

He became one of the most prolific pulp authors of the 1950s and 1960s, adopting the pseudonyms Robert Cham Gilman and A.C. Marin and writing for a variety of pulp and slick magazines. Though writing in a variety of genres, he is mostly remembered today for his SF, both short stories and novels.

Coppel's first SF story was "Age of Unreason" (1947) in Amazing Stories. Other short stories include "The Dreamer" (1952) about a man who wants to be the first to orbit the moon, published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and reprinted in the anthology Best Short Shorts (1958), edited by Eric Berger. Coppel's 1960 post-holocaust novel Dark December describes the aftermath of nuclear war.

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