Del Rey, Lester

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Del Rey, Lester Gender: M
Leonard Knapp
born on 2 June 1915 at 03:30 (= 03:30 AM )
Place Saratoga, Minnesota, 43n54, 92w04
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Blackwell
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 10°46' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 12°37 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 20°50'

Lester Del Rey
photo: Original uploader was Dd-b at en.wikipedia, license gfdl


American science fiction writer first published in April 1938 with a short story, "The Faithful" in "Astounding Tales." His early life had hard years in which he tried many jobs, always maintaining his interest in sci-fi. His books "Nerves" was published in 1956.

Del Rey became the editor of Space Sci-Fi magazine but resigned in 1953 over conflicts with the publisher. He wrote for magazines and several short novels under the pseudonyms Philip St. John and Erik Van Lhin. Managing editor of "Galaxy" 1968. In mid-1968 he joined the staff of Galaxy publications as a managing editor.

Del Rey often told people his real name was Ramon Felipe Alvarez-del Rey (and sometimes even Ramon Felipe San Juan Mario Silvio Enrico Smith Heartcourt-Brace Sierra y Alvarez del Rey y de los Uerdes). However, his sister has confirmed that his name was in fact Leonard Knapp.

Del Rey died on 10 May 1993 in New York City, age 77.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1956 (Book published)

Source Notes

Arthur Blackwell quotes him to Walter Breen.

Saratoga as place of birth from Wikipedia.


  • Personal : Misc. : Changed name (Wrote under pseudonyms)
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor (Editor)
  • Vocation : Writers : Sci-Fi/ Fantasy/ Horror