Fritch, Charles E

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(1927-2012) US writer and editor who began publishing sf with "The Wallpaper" for Other Worlds in March 1951. He edited the magazine Gamma 1963-1965 and used the anagrammatic pseudonym Chester H Carlfi for one story there. His stories, written for a variety of markets but sharing a certain glibness and snappiness of effect, are collected in Crazy Mixed-Up Planet (coll 1969) and Horses' Asteroid (coll 1970); later work, extending through the 1990s, has not been collected. Many of his tales are spoofs. His short-short fantasy "The Misfortune Cookie" (November 1970 F&SF) was adapted as one of three segments in a Twilight Zone episode aired on 3 January 1986. A late appearance was "Zing! Went the Springs of My Heart" (April 1995 Tomorrow: Speculative Fiction). He wrote at least two non-fantastic Mark Wonder thrillers, one as by Eric Thomas; and may have written at least one novel under the House Name Troy Conway, but this has not been verified. [JC/DRL]

Charles Edward Fritch

born Utica, New York: 20 January 1927

died 11 October 2012

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