The title Dean of Science Fiction was first applied to Murray Leinster by Time Magazine in a May 30, 1949 article: "In the U.S., Will F. Jenkins, a 27-year veteran, who also writes under the pen name of Murray Leinster, is regarded as the dean of writers in the field." Leinster noted that he was "called 'Dean' of science fiction writers by virtue of my having outlived a number of better men."
|from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959|
|By general tradition, Robert A. Heinlein. (At one point, a mundane TV talk show host introduced Ray Bradbury as the DoSF, and a viewing fan muttered, "Nonsense, he's a guest lecturer in Gothic Literature.")|