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Everett F. Bleiler

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Everett F. Bleiler

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Full Name: Everett Franklin Bleiler
Born: April 30, 1920
Massachusetts, USA
Died: June 13, 2010
Interlaken, New York, USA
Occupation: Editor, Bibliographer, Critic
Nationality: American


Everett Franklin Bleiler was an editor, bibliographer, and scholar of science fiction, detective fiction, and fantasy literature. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he co-edited the first "year's best" series of science fiction anthologies, and his Checklist of Fantastic Literature has been called "the foundation of modern SF bibliography".

Bleiler worked at Dover Publications from 1955, becoming executive vice-president of the company from 1967 until he left in 1977; he then worked for Charles Scribner's Sons until 1987. He edited a number of ghost story collections for Dover, containing what the genre historian Mike Ashley has described as "detailed and exemplary introductions".

In the 1970s Bleiler wrote two works of fiction, which were not published until 2006: the fantasy novel Firegang: A Mythic Fantasy, set in the tree of Yggdrasil as well as moving across time and space, and Magistrate Mai and the Invisible Murderer, a detective story set in ancient China, similar to the work of Robert van Gulik. Among his other scholarly works are two Hugo Award-nominated volumes concerning early science fiction -- Science-Fiction: The Early Years and Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years --and the massive Guide to Supernatural Fiction.

Bleiler received the Pilgrim Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction scholarship in 1984, the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1988, the First Fandom Hall of Fame award in 1994, and the International Horror Guild Living Legend award in 2004.

Bleiler's son, Richard, is also a science fiction historian, and assisted his father on several of his works.

Works in the WWEnd Database

 Non Series Works


 The Best Science Fiction Stories

 1. (1949)
 2. (1950)
 3. (1951)
 4. (1952)
 5. (1954)
 6. (1954)

 Year's Best Science Fiction Novels

 1. (1952)
 2. (1953)
 3. (1954)