Sydney Bounds

(November 4, 1920 – November 24, 2006)

A fan who joined the Science Fiction Association in 1937 and worked as an electrician on the Enigma machine during World War II. While in the service, he started publishing the fanzine Cosmic Cuts. After the war, he published the story "Strange Portrait" in 1946 in Outlands.

He became a prolific author of short fiction, and novels — not just science fiction, but also horror, Westerns, mysteries, and juvenile fiction — from 1946 until his death in 2006. The film The Last Days on Mars (an adaptation of “The Animators”) and the Tales of the Darkside episode “The Circus” are based on stories by him. In 2005, two collections of his fiction were released under the title The Best of Sydney J. Bounds: Strange Portrait and Other Stories, and The Wayward Ship and other Stories.

In 2007, the British Fantasy Society honored him by renaming their award for best new writer after him, the Sydney J. Bounds Award For Best Newcomer.


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