(1930-2008) US author best known for his crime novels and stories, his first story, "Village of the Dead" for Famous Detective Stories in December 1955, introducing Simon Ark, an Occult Detective [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] who claims to be a 2000-year-old Coptic priest. Some of these stories are collected in The Judges of Hades and Other Simon Ark Stories (coll 1971), City of Brass and Other Simon Ark Stories (coll 1971) and The Quests of Simon Ark (1984); they are only marginally fantasy. Hoch began to publish work of sf interest in September 1956 with "Co-Incidence" for The Science Fiction Stories, as by Irwin Booth, later using as well the pseudonyms Stephen Dentinger, Pat McMahon and R L Stevens. The Computer Cops sf series, featuring Carl Crader and Earl Jazine, mixes sf and detection in action tales of twenty-first-century crises involving Computer crimes. The series includes "Computer Cops" (in Crime Prevention in the 30th Century, anth 1969, ed Hans Stefan Santesson), The Transvection Machine (1971), The Fellowship of the HAND (1973) and The Frankenstein Factory: A Novel of the Future (1975). Within his limited range as an author of the fantastic, Hoch was a briskly competent storyteller; as an extraordinarily prolific author of short fiction in the detective and crime genres, he was very well known and highly respected. By the end of his career, he had written something like 950 stories. [JC]
see also: Ellery Queen.
Edward Dentinger Hoch
born Rochester, New York: 22 February 1930
died Rochester, New York: 17 January 2008
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