Ross Rocklynne c. 1954
Ross Louis Rocklin
February 21, 1913
|Died||October 29, 1988 (aged 75)|
Born in 1913 in Ohio, Rocklynne was a regular contributor to several science fiction pulps including Astounding Stories, Fantastic Adventures and Planet Stories. He sold his first story "[a]fter four years of spasmodic writing". He was a professional guest at the first World Science Fiction Convention in 1939. Despite his numerous appearances and solid writing, Rocklynne never quite achieved the fame of his contemporaries Robert A. Heinlein, L. Sprague de Camp, and Isaac Asimov. His well-known stories include 1938's "The Men and the Mirror," which was part of his Colbie and Deverel series, and 1941's "Time Wants a Skeleton", which has been reprinted in several anthologies, including Asimov's Mammoth Book of Golden Age Science Fiction.
Rocklynne partially retired from writing in the late 1950s, but made a notable return in the 1970s when his novelette "Ching Witch!" was included in Harlan Ellison's original anthology, Again, Dangerous Visions (1972).
- "Man of Iron", Astounding Stories, August 1935
- "The Men and the Mirror", Astounding Stories, July 1938
- "Into the Darkness", Astonishing Stories, June 1940
- "Time Wants a Skeleton", (1941)
- "Gift Horse", Astounding, August 1945
- "The Infidels", Astounding, September 1945
- "Jaywalker", Galaxy Science Fiction, December 1950
- "Touch of the Moon", Galaxy Science Fiction, April 1968
- "Find the Face", Galaxy Science Fiction, August 1968
- "Ching Witch!", Again, Dangerous Visions, 1972
- "Sorry: Wrong Dimension"