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Robert F. Young

It seems that not a lot's known about Robert F. Young, one of the more obscure writers to have regularly published in the major science fiction short-story markets (and even in Playboy and The Saturday Evening Post). He lived his entire life in New York State, except for the three and a half years he served in the Pacific during World War II, and he and his wife owned a house on Lake Erie. His career spanned more than thirty years, and he was writing fiction even on the day he died. Only near the end of his life did the science fiction community learn he'd been a janitor in the Buffalo public school system. As Barry N. Malzberg noted to us: if he was a writer working as a janitor, he likely lived a frustrating life, but if he was a janitor who happened to write, he lived a surprising and triumphant one.

Memories of the Future
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Robert F. Young
Genre: Science Fiction
Word Count: 65,000
Price: $6.99
Formats: Microsoft ReaderMobipocket ReaderRocket eBook

Publisher: ElectricStory.com
A mountaineer must redeem his life by scaling a miles-long artifact shaped like a woman; a little boy attempts to return from a bleak city to the idyllic country of his memory; a mysterious wanderer transforms the lives of a struggling family during the Great Depression. In his introduction to this collection, Barry Malzberg brings to light some of the fascinating contradictions of Robert F. Young, whose lean, elegant prose and poignant, though guarded, romantic sensibility deserve to find a wider audience. More