L. Sprague de Camp

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(November 27, 1907 – November 6, 2000)

An aeronautical engineer by training, Lyon Sprague de Camp took up writing sf and fantasy in the late 1930s and was one of the mainstays of both Unknown and Astounding under Campbell. He married Catherine Crook de Camp in 1939, and served (along with Heinlein and Asimov) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard during WW II.

After the war, he continue to write sf and fantasy, as well as a considerable amount of non-fiction, particularly history. He traveled extensively around the world. He was a member of the Trap Door Spiders and the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America. Probably his most famous works are Lest Darkness Fall and The Incomplete Enchanter. He lived in the Philadelphia area for most of his life.

He was not primarily a fan, but was a very fannish pro. He wrote extensively for Amra and was one of the founders of the Hyborian Legion. Along with Fritz Leiber, he helped get Discon I off to a good start (see Discon 1 Guide: The First Day). He was parliamentarian of the WSFS Business Meeting in 1960 (see the meeting minutes from Amra).

Entry in the Science Fiction Encyclopedia.

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