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Carroll John Daly

Carroll John Daly created the first hard-boiled detective in his 1922 story "The False Burton Combs". Daly's most famous detective, Race Williams, was the prototypical hardboiled detective made of equal doses of street toughness and quick thinking action.

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Sep 14, 1889 -- Jan 16, 1958
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Frederick C. Davis

Frederick C. Davis was responsible for the first twenty Operator 5 stories. However, his pulp writing career had a number of other credits as well. The list included the famous Moon Man series for Ten Detective Aces, a number of long running characters in Dime Detective as well as other Popular Publications magazines as well. He would later move on to hardback fiction. Mr. Davis brought a unique style to the Operator 5 series.

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Jun 02, 1902 -- Nov 28, 1977
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Apr 18, 1909 -- Jul 28, 1949
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Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. Delany published his first novel, The Jewels of Aptor, at the age of twenty. Throughout his storied career, he has received four Nebula Awards and two Hugo Awards, and in 2008 his novel Dark Reflections won the Stonewall Book Award. He was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002, named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2014, and in 2016 was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.

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Apr 01, 1942 --
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Don DeLillo

Since the publication of his first novel Americana, Don DeLillo has lived in the skin of our times. He has found a voice for the forgotten souls who haunt the fringes of our culture and for its larger-than-life, real-life figures. His language is defiantly, radiantly American.

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Nov 20, 1936 --
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Lester Dent

From treasure hunter to rancher, from businessman to pilot, Lester Dent was a man of adventure much like his heroes. His writing career, in addition to the pulps, included the slicks, paperbacks, radio, and television.

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Oct 12, 1904 -- Mar 11, 1959
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August Derleth

August Derleth, writer, editor and co-founder of Arkham House. Born in Sauk City, Wisconsin, he continues to be Wisconsin's most prolific author more than 30 years after his death.

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Feb 24, 1909 -- Jul 04, 1971
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Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick began his career writing short stories for magazines such as Amazing, Future, Galaxy, If, Imagination, and Science Fiction Stories. It was through the short story format that Dick was able to develop his unique story telling voice and his creative imagination. His writing career included dozens novels, and hundreds of short stories, before his death in 1982. The best of his material is arguably some of the best science fiction ever written.

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Dec 16, 1928 -- Mar 02, 1982
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Feb 07, 1812 -- Jun 09, 1870
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Feb 02, 1940 -- Jul 04, 2008
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May 22, 1859 -- Jul 07, 1930
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Lord Dunsany

One of the four or five great exponents of the adult fantasy was Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, the eighteenth baron of an ancient line which stretches back almost one thousand years to the Norman Conquest.

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Jul 24, 1878 -- Oct 25, 1957
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