Edmond Hamilton was born on this day in 1904.
He’s one of the many pulp writers profiled in the Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction, Vol. 1.
Hamilton is one of the founding fathers of the science fiction pulps, helping create the “space opera” genre that dominated the early days of science fiction.
Hamilton’s career began with the publication of “The Monster God of Mamurth,” in the August 1926 Weird Tales. The magazine would publish 79 works of fiction by Hamilton from 1926 to 1948. Hamilton would also publish in most of the leading science fiction pulps of the day, including Wonder Stories, Amazing Stories and Startling Stories. Under pseudonyms, he also wrote science fiction tales of a spicier (for the times) variety.
Hamilton was also the primary author of Captain Future, which launched in Winter 1940 with “Captain Future and the Space Emperor.” Captain Future would continue as a standalone until 1944, and Hamilton wrote several more Captain Future stories in Startling Stories through 1951.