L. Sprague de Camp

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(November 27, 1907 – November 6, 2000)

An aeronautical engineer by training, de Camp took up writing sf and fantasy in the late 30s and was one of the mainstays of both Unknown and Astounding under Campbell. He married Catherine Crook de Camp in 1939, and served (along with Heinlein and Asimov) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard during WW II.

After the war, he continue to write sf and fantasy, as well as a considerable amount of non-fiction, particularly history. He traveled extensively around the world. He was a member of the Trap Door Spiders and the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America. Probably his most famous works are Lest Darkness Fall and The Incomplete Enchanter. He lived in the Philadelphia area for most of his life.

He was not primarily a fan, but was a very fannish pro. He wrote extensively for Amra and was one of the founders of the Hyborian Legion. He (along with Fritz Leiber) helped get Discon I off to a good start (see Discon 1 Guide: The First Day). He was parliamentarian of the WSFS Business Meeting in 1960 (see the meeting minutes from Amra).

Awards, Honors and GoHships:

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Also involved: - 1954 Worldcon Site Selection - A. J. Donnell - Ad Astra 14 - Advent:Publishers - Backlog - Boskone Book - Canaveral Press - Cepheid Variable - Coastcon X - Discon 1 Guide: Last Session - Diversifier - Donald M. Grant, Publisher - Dynamic Science Stories - Fantastic Adventures - Fantasy Press - Fletcher Pratt - Fourth Australian Science Fiction Convention - Future Science Fiction - Gnome Press - Hydra Club - Hydracon - John D. Clark - Lan's Lantern - Lest Darkness Fall - Lloyd Arthur Eshbach - Mark Rich - Marty Greenberg - Mañana Literary Society - Midwestcon 8 - Mirage Press - My Best Science Fiction Story - Necronomicon (book) - Of Worlds Beyond - Owlswick Press - PgHLANGE VII - Phantasia Press - Philcon 1963 - Philcon 1965 - Philcon 1976.1 - Pittcon - Poul Anderson - Predicted Issue of ASF - Prime Press - Robert E. Howard - Ross Rocklynne - Roy G. Krenkel - SF Expo - Science Fiction Quarterly - Super Science Stories - Swordsmen and Sorcerers Guild of America - The Conan Grimoire - The Conan Reader - The Conan Swordbook - The Fanscient - Unknown Worlds - Who Killed Science Fiction? - Xero - Yandro

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