Born Jan. 1905 at Sandhurst, Surrey. Father was a Royal Engineer, in his youth a friend of late Lt-Col. Cyril McNeil ("Sapper"). Mother suffered father with Quakerlike patience and finally reformed him.
I was educated by Robert Ingersoll, Charles Hoy Fort, and W.E. "Bill" Harney, king of the Australian outback. Have served a long sentence as representative of an engineering firm but escaped eventually and became a full-time writer.
Am 6' 2" tall, with grey-brown hair, green eyes, and look as if I should have been hanged at Nuremberg. My best friend is Professor Frederick B. Shroyer of California, also a writer. My best enemy was the late Aleister Crowley, whom I put in his grave by bone-pointing.
Have been writing fantasy and science fiction for twenty-six years. Also some off-trail articles. Something over a hundred contributions to about twenty magazines, mostly American. Thirteen books published. Another thirteen to come - I hope.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Author bios tend to be pretty dull recitations of places born and books published. Why not liven things up by allowing the author to write their own bio, like this effort from sf writer Eric Frank Russell: