(September 10, 1911 – January 25, 1984)
William Levi “Bill” Crawford, a West Coast sf fan, became an editor, publisher and author. He was a member of LASFS.
About 1933, he launched two weird fiction magazines, Unusual Stories and Marvel Tales. In 1935, Crawford published the collection Mars Mountain by Eugene George Key. It is considered to be the first full-sized book issued by a publisher that specialized in science fiction.
He later published books with a number of different imprints before founding the Fantasy Publishing Company in 1946. With his wife, Margaret Crawford, he published Fantasy Book from 1947 to 1951. He also edited and published several anthologies.
Crawford wrote the 1936 novel Behind the Evidence with Amelia Reynolds Long under the combined pseudonym of Peter Reynolds.
The William L. Crawford Memorial Award for the best first fantasy novel is named in his honor.
- Science Fiction Bibliography 
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1972 -- Count Dracula Society's Montague Summers Award
- 1982 -- First Fandom's Hall of Fame
- 1985 -- Big Heart Award
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