Milton A. Rothman
(November 30, 1919 – October 6, 2001)
Milt Rothman joined the Science Fiction League as soon as it was announced in the May 1934 issue of Wonder Stories, becoming Member #34. He was co-founder of the Philadelphia SFL (which became PSFS) in 1934. In 1998, he was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame and was the fan GoH at BucConeer. He was also GoH at Philcon 1976.
He published the fanzines Milty's Mag and Plenum from 1939–1950, and Blitzkrieg. He was a member of the Washington Worry-Warts. He was a member of FAPA and part of the Brain Trust, the Order of Dagon, and the Philadelphia Blitzkrieg, chaired the Big Pond Fund, went on the Widneride, and spoke up for Yngvi. He was deep in the fannish wars over Michelism and the Wollheimists, though he tried to avoid the feuding part. He was a charter member of the National Fantasy Fan Federation in 1941. He edited the National Fantasy Fan right after World War II. He also drew fanart.
Beginning in 1939, he published sf professionally. He initially appeared under the pseudonym Lee Gregor at the insistence of John W. Campbell, Jr., who didn’t like Jewish names as bylines in Astounding. At the beginning of Rothman's writing career, Frederik Pohl was his agent and also edited his stories before their submission to magazines.
Rothman's most famous story was "Heavy Planet," which first appeared in Astounding Science Fiction and which has been reprinted in numerous anthologies. His complete fictional works were collected in Heavy Planet and Other Science Fiction Stories from Wildside Press.
Rothman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Central High School. He attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now University of the Sciences) from 1936 to 1938 where he majored in chemistry.
Not only a fan and a published author, Rothman was a nuclear physicist. From 1943 to 1944 he studied at Oregon State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He served in the U.S. army from 1944 to 1946, becoming a sergeant in the Signal Corps. After World War II, Rothman returned to Philadelphia to study at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received an M.S. in 1948 and a Ph.D. in physics in 1952.
Rothman went to work for the Bartol Research Center in Springfield, PA. He joined the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab where he worked for almost 10 years on the Model-C Stellerator, the largest fusion experimental device of the time. Subsequently, he became a Professor of Physics at Trenton State College. He retired from teaching in 1979.
In his later years, he was a Senior Scientist at the Franklin Institute Research Laboratory in Philadelphia. He authored seven science fact books, including Discovering the Natural Laws in 1972 and a number of articles. In addition, Rothman became an active member of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, authoring A Physicists' Guide to Skepticism.
In 1950, Rothman married psychotherapist Doris “Dorry” Weiss; the marriage ended in divorce in 1973. His second marriage was to epidemiologist Anita K. Bahn, who died in 1980, the year they officially married. The following year, he married Miriam Mednick, a social worker, to whom he remained married until his death.
Milt Rothman died in Wyncote, PA, in 2001, of heart failure, from complications due to diabetes and Parkinson's disease.
- Entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
- His autobiographical article from the BucConeer PR 3.
- Wikipedia entry.
- Bibliography at LibraryThing.
- An early short biography in Who's Who in Fandom 1940, p. 12.
- In 1989, Rothman wrote reminiscences of several Worldcons for the Noreascon Three PB:
- Fantasy Fiction Telegram [1936-38] (with others)
- Milty's Mag [1940-46]
- National Fantasy Fan [1940s]
- Plenum [1946-49]
- Science Fiction Debater 
- Third Science Fiction Convention Booklet  (with John Baltadonis and Ossie Train)
- War in Heaven  (for FAPA, with Elmer Perdue and Jack Speer)
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