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Name: Binder, Otto (1911-1974)


Historical Note:

Otto Oscar Binder (1911-1974) began writing science fiction with his brother Earl under the pen name Eando Binder and was first published in 1932 He kept the name Eando after Earl retired from writing in 1936. By 1935 they had produced 450,000 words, and by 1938, according to S-F authority Sam Moskowitz,"Eando Binder had become one of the three most popular writers in the field." His popularity reached its height with his introduction of Adam Link, a very different robot conceptualization. Binder had a talent for plotting, and was credited with being one of the more imaginative writers of the period. He largely left the S-F field in the 1940s to write continuities for the Captain Marvel comic book series, which he did for 17 years. He made a brief and largely unsuccessful attempt to return to science fiction writing in the early 1950s. His last science fiction appearance was Mankind: Child of the Stars, with Max Hugh Flindt. Binder also wrote more than 300 nonfiction articles, and wrote extensively on unidentified flying objects.

Otto Binder also wrote under the names John Coleridge, Dean D. O’Brien, Gordon A. Giles, Ione (or Ian) Frances Turek, and may have written under the house name Will Garth. He was editor of two space magazines, Space World, and Jets and Rockets.

There are several sources available about Otto Binder, including:

    * Clute, John. The Science Fiction Encyclopedia (St. Martin’s, 1993), p. 121-122.

    * Reginald, R. Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, A Checklist 1700-1974, with Contemporary Science Fiction Authors II. Detroit, MI: Gale Research, 1979. Volume 2, p. 817-818.

    * Ash, Brian. The Visual Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: Harmony, 1977, pp. 133.

    * Obituary, New York Times, October 19, 1974., p. 34






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