Charles Platt

(b. 1945)

Charles Platt is a SF author, journalist, and computer programmer. He relocated from England to the United States in 1970, and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He has also used pseudonyms: Aston Cantwell, Robert Clarke, Charlotte Prentiss, and Ralph T. Castle.

He was a founder of the Cambridge University Science Fiction Society and published the fanzines, Point of View (Beyond), Garbistan, Gormless, Rem, Patchin Review, Tomorrowscope, and Insomnia.

He was involved in the pieing of Ted White at Lunacon 19 and of William Shatner a year or so later at a Star Trek convention.

He wrote a variety of SF novels, including Garbage World, Protektor, and Free Zone, and two books in Piers Anthony's Chthon universe, titled Plasm and Soma. He ceased writing SF after 1990.

From 1980 to 1982, Platt interviewed about forty major SF writers such as Philip K. Dick, J.G. Ballard, Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, Ray Bradbury, John Brunner. These interviews were the basis for two books of profiles, Dream Makers (1980) and Dream Makers II (1983). The books were nominated for the 1981 Best Non Fiction Book Hugo and the 1984 Best Non Fiction Book Hugo and received a Locus Award.

He was an editor of New Worlds and received a nomination for the 1970 Best Professional Magazine Hugo.