Allhoff, Fred

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Working name of Charles Frederick Allhoff (1904-1988), US journalist and author known in the sf field for Lightning in the Night (31 August-16 November 1940 Liberty; 1979), a Future War tale which, when serialized, caused considerable stir because of its defence of the arguments of General Billy Mitchell (1879-1936) about the primacy of air power in any future conflict; for its portrayal of a semi-defeated USA in 1945 as she recoups her moral and physical forces and begins to thrust back the Axis invaders; and for its presentation of a vast and successful US effort to develop the atomic bomb before Hitler can, and to use the threat of dropping it to end the war (see Hitler Wins). [JC]

Charles Frederick Allhoff

born Dayton, Ohio: 11 June 1904

died Miami, Florida: 11 November 1988

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