(ca. 1919 – August 1949)
Joseph Harold “Harry” Dockweiler, a "tall skinny" man, was a member of the New York Futurians. He married Rosalind Cohen, another Futurian. He took the penname Dirk Wylie at the suggestion of Doris Baumgardt (Leslie Perri), another Futurian.
He was a charter member of the CPASF. He published early fanzines including Fantasy Mirror (some under the Ego-Coop publishing house), and was the Ghuist Saint. He and Frederik Pohl (whom he met while a student at Brooklyn Technical High School) pirated and operated Shaggoth 6, and he had a car named Baby. He attended the Second Eastern and was a member of the Brooklyn SFL. He was one of the earlier casualties of the wars (see X Document) which effectively ended the Futurians.
Later, he published SF in pulp magazines such as Super Science Stories, Planet Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories, and Astonishing Stories. Most of his published fiction was with Frederik Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth as co-authors. He wrote at least one SF story with Frederick Arnold Kummer, Jr., "When Time Went Mad." Dockweiler also used the pseudonyms of Paul Dennis Lavond and Elliott Whitney.
He served in WWII, and set up a literary agency (Dirk Wylie Literary Agents) after the War, with the help of Frederik Pohl. He and Pohl had gone to school together before joining the Futurians. Dockweiler died in 1948 of tuberculosis of the spine, believed to have been a consequence of his fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. His widow continued the agency with Pohl as her partner.
Entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
|From Fancyclopedia 1, ca. 1944|
|Name taken by Harry Dockweiler before entering the Ivory Tower.|
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