(1923 - 1993)
Avram Davidson was an author of SF, fantasy, and mystery fiction, who was born in 1923 in Yonkers, New York. He served as a Navy hospital medic with the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II, and began his writing career as a Talmudic scholar around 1950.
His best-known works are his novels about Vergil Magus, the Peregrine novels, the Jack Limekiller stories, and the stories of Dr. Esterhazy, a more erudite Sherlock Holmes-like figure. His collections of SF stories include Or All the Seas with Oysters (1962) and The Other Nineteenth Century (2001).
- 1958 Best Short Story Hugo <winner> for "Or All the Seas with Oysters"
- 1963 Best Professional Magazine Hugo
- 1964 Best Professional Magazine Hugo <winner> for F&SF
- 1965 Best Professional Magazine Hugo
He was a member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America (SAGA), a group of heroic fantasy authors founded in the 1960s.
- 1971 — SFCon '71
- 1983 — Rain Cinq
- 1988 — Norwescon X
- 1989 — 15th World Fantasy Convention, Norwescon XI
Other Awards and Honors:
- 1986 — World Fantasy Convention Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2006 — The Avram Davidson Treasury Book of Honor at Potlatch 15
- Edgar Award in the mystery genre.