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Paul A. Carter: 1926-2016

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, December 5, 2016 in Movies/TV/Radio, News, Obituaries, People, Pulp History, Pulps, Pulpsters
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Paul A. Carter: 1926-2016

'Astounding Science Fiction' (August 1946)Science-fiction author Paul A. Carter died Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Kingman, Ariz. He was 90.

Carter’s earliest work of fiction, “The Last Objective,” appeared in the August 1946 number of Astounding, though he had numerous letters published in a number of sf pulps prior to that. “The Last Objective” was adapted in 1951 for NBC radio’s Dimension X anthology series.

In addition to writing fiction for the pulps and, later, digests, Carter authored The Creation of Tomorrow: Fifty Years of Magazine Science Fiction, published in 1977. It looked at the impact of pulp magazines on the genre of sf from the 1920s through the 1970s. Kirkus Review, at the time, called The Creation of Tomorrow “an important book: invaluable from a bibliographer’s standpoint, of commanding interest for any serious student of science fiction.”

Carter was a retired professor of American history at the University of Arizona, as well as a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy. An obituary appeared in the Dec. 4 edition of the Arizona Daily Star.


  1. I suppose it’s fitting that a science fiction writer should have the dates in that header.

    I enjoyed THE CREATION OF TOMORROW. An interesting read.

    • Drat! I just figured out your comment. I guess I was already thinking about next year when I typed that.