William F. Nolan

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(March 6, 1928 – July 15, 2021)

William Francis “Bill” Nolan was a California fan active since the 1940s, and a longtime pro. He co-founded the San Diego Science-Fantasy Society. He belonged to Little Men and was part of the staff of its clubzine, the Rhodomagnetic Digest.

As an author, he wrote hundreds of stories in the SF, fantasy, and horror genres since his first sale in 1952. He is perhaps best known for co-authoring the novel Logan's Run (with George Clayton Johnson), but he wrote literally hundreds of publications in various genres.

He was also a working artist, whose jobs included time at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. He had a long career in movies, and co-wrote the screenplay for the 1976 horror film Burnt Offerings. He occasionally used the pseudonyms of Frank Anmar, Mike Cahill, and F. E. Edwards.

He was nominated for the 1977 Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo for Logan's Run and was GoH at Westercon 68 in 2015.

Nolan received several awards, including being voted a Living Legend in Dark Fantasy in 2002. In 2006, he received the honorary title of Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. In 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association. He has also won special awards from The Mystery Writers of America.

Nolan published The Ray Bradbury Review in 1954, and served as managing editor of #1-#3 of Gamma (1963-1964).

In the early 1950s, he was part of the West Coast Writers Group and close friends in California with several other young SF writers, including Ray Bradbury, Chad Oliver, Richard Matheson, and Charles Beaumont. Nolan called them "The Group." Nolan included stories by all these friends in the SF anthologies he edited over the years.

Born in Kansas City, Nolan moved with his family to California just after World War II. He was married once, to Marilyn Seal (aka Cameron Nolan). He died after a brief illness from an infection.

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