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1911 - 1992
Writer

Pen name(s) used by Reginald Bretnor:

Grendel Briarton

Biography

Reginald Bretnor (born Alfred Reginald Kahn; July 30, 1911, Vladivostok, Russia July 22, 1992, Medford, Oregon) was a science fiction author who flourished between the 1950s and 1980s. Most of his fiction was in short story form, and usually featured a whimsical story line or ironic plot twist. He also wrote on military theory and public affairs, and edited some of the earliest books to consider SF from a literary theory and criticism perspective. It has been alleged that he was an early associate of Anton Szandor LaVey in the days before the founding of the Church of Satan, and that Bretnor and other science fiction authors were members of LaVey's "Order of the Trapezoid" in the early 1950s.