Working name of US author and Radio producer James Judson Harmon (1933-2010), who began publishing sf professionally with "The Smuggler" for Spaceway in April 1954 and became active in the magazine field. He published at least 40 lively sf stories, chiefly for Galaxy and If in the 1950s and 1960s; a selection from this material was eventually assembled as Harmon's Galaxy (coll 2004). Harmon's sole sf novel, The Contested Earth, written in 1959 and dealing with global sterility, was published with seven stories (six reprinted, including "The Smuggler") as The Contested Earth and Other SF Stories (coll 2007).
A popular nonfiction book, The Great Radio Heroes (1967), discusses Superman and other programmes and characters of sf interest. Further and similarly well-documented nostalgic studies included The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury (1972), written with Donald F Glut. In Fanzines, Harmon wrote for the Xero series on Comics which (including his work) reached book form as All in Color for a Dime (anth 1970) edited by Richard A Lupoff and Don Thompson; he also contributed a number of articles to Riverside Quarterly. He was an editor 1974-1975 of the Marvel Comics magazine Monsters of the Movies. [JC/PN/DRL]
born Mount Carmel, Illinois: 21 April 1933
died Los Angeles, California: 16 February 2010