John Russell Fearn

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(June 5, 1908 – September 18, 1960)

John Francis Russell Fearn, a British author, was one of the first UK writers to appear in American pulp SF magazines.

A prolific author, he published novels also as Vargo Statten (after which the prozine Vargo Statten SF Magazine was named) and used various other pseudonyms such as Volsted Gridban, Thornton Ayre, Polton Cross, Geoffrey Armstrong, John Cotton, Dennis Clive, Ephriam Winiki, and Astron Del Martia.

Fearn is known today primarily for his series of Golden Amazon SF stories.

Awards, Honors and GoHships:

Entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

From Fancyclopedia 2 Supplement, ca. 1960
Vargo Statten Penname of John Russell Fearn, English prowriter chiefly infamous for having lent his pseudonym to the title of the Vargo Statten Magazine -- a production which, like Out of this World Adventures, found that you can too go broke underestimating public taste. The last issue, V1N3, contained Chuck Harris' story "Omega", but this gesture towards higher things came too late. The mag went broke and Chuch only got 7/- for his story, so he deposited the cheque with the Willis Museum of Fantiquities.

Person 19081960
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