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March 29, 2013

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Todd Mason

Hey, was my comment deleted?

BV Lawson

I never delete comments unless they are spam (and I got far too many of those!). This might be some sort of Typepad glitch, Todd. I'll have to check into it. Maybe it's happening to other folks, too. Sigh. If you feel like trying again (and I understand if you don't), let me know if you continue to have problems (bv@bvlawson.com).

Todd Mason

It ran along the lines of:

(Though I'd suggest it's hard to Overestimate Boucher's influence)...

While he was the crime-fiction reviewer for the NEW YORK TIMES as Boucher, he was the cf reviewer for the NY HERALD-TRIBUNE as H. H. Holmes, and famously was the only "major-paper" reviewer critiquing paperback originals at the height of Fawcett Gold Medal, Lion, etc....he was co-founding editor of EQMM's (and AMERICAN MERCURY's) stablemate THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, and after the first five years, edited it solo for several more years...he was a consultant on the tv series KRAFT SUSPENSE THEATRE aka SUSPENSE THEATER aka CRISIS...while also editing BEST DETECTIVE STORIES OF THE YEAR, then the only boty in cf, for Dutton...Boucher had been the first translator of Jorge Luis Borges into English, with a couple of stories for EQMM (sadly, one of AB's blind spots was for Borges's fantasy, so he never ran any JLB stories in F&SF). Up to near the end of his too-short life, he was running relatively formal and informal writers' workshops and salons, often out of his home...

This book was one of MWA's anthologies to help fund itself, iinm...Randy Johnson today reviews another, that one published by Lion and edited by Harold Q. Masur...

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