Ross Rocklynne

(February 21, 1913 - October 29, 1988)

Ross Rocklynne was the pen name most often used by Ross Louis Rocklin, a pro active in the Golden Age of Science Fiction. He was a member of The Hell Pavers and one of the founders of the CFG.

Born in 1913 in Ohio, Rocklin was a regular contributor to the science fiction pulps. He attended the first World Science Fiction Convention in 1939. Despite his numerous appearances and solid writing, he never quite achieved the fame of contemporaries such as Robert Heinlein, L. Sprague DeCamp, and Isaac Asimov.

He partially retired from writing in the late 1950s, but made a notable return in the 1970s when his novelette "Ching Witch!" was included in Harlan Ellison's original anthology Again, Dangerous Visions (1972). "Ching Witch!" was later nominated for a Nebula award.

In addition to Ross Rocklynne, Rocklin wrote under the pseudonyms of H. F. Cente and Carlton Smith.

He was one of the founders of The National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F).

Rocklin died in Los Angeles, California. at the age of 75.

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