William Tenn

(May 9, 1920 – February 7, 2010)

William Tenn is the pen name of London-born Philip Klass who moved to the US as a child. He began writing in 1945 after being discharged from the Army, and his first story, "Alexander the Bait," was published a year later. His stories and articles have been widely anthologized, a number of them in best-of-the-year collections. He was a professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, where he taught — among other things — a popular course in science fiction.

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