Richard Allen Lupoff was born in New York, on this day, in 1935. In common with many of his contemporaries, he entered science fiction as a fan – indeed, his fanzine ‘Xero’ featured a stellar list of contributors including James Blish, Lin Carter, Avram Davidson, L. Sprague de Camp, Harlan Ellison and Frederik Pohl, and won a Hugo Award for best amateur publication. He is the author of some two dozen novels and over one hundred short stories across the fields of SF, mystery, humour, and satire, as well as a great deal of genre-related non-fiction. He has edited numerous SF and Fantasy anthologies and is an expert on the writing of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
If you’re interested in exploring his work, we recommend his 1978 novel Space War Blues, based on the Nebula-shortlisted satirical novella ‘With the Bentfin Boomer Boys on Little Old New Alabama’ (originally puiblished in Harlan Ellison‘s Again, Dangerous Visions).