O R A L H I S T O R Y A S S O C I A T I O N
Eric Leif Davin is an author,
a freelance media producer, and a journalist with a variety of related
professional experiences. He has won a number of awards for magazine
writing. He has recently begun writing science fiction. He is an experienced
professional interviewer who has taped interviews with a number of science
fiction personalities. He also has a special interest in the pioneers
of modern Science Fiction, and that has resulted in the extremely interesting
and historically valuable interviews with David Lasser and Charles Hornig.
These are important additions to the SFOHA Archives, and we look forward
to seeing the further development of Eric Leif Davin's Oral History
Both Sides. Interview with David Lasser by Eric Leif Davin on April
6, 1986. Lasser is the oldest living Science Fiction editor.
He was the Managing Editor of Hugo Gernsback's Stellar Publishing Corporation
from 1929-1933, editing all issues of Science Wonder Stories and
Wonder Stories Quarterly during that period. He also edited the
first 39 issues of Gernsback's Wonder Stories from June, 1930,
to October, 1933. Lasser was 84 years old at the time of the interview.
He provides invaluable material on the beginnings of magazine Science
Fiction. Davin has kindly provided the SFOHA Archives with a transcript
of the interview and also with a copy of an article based on the interview.
The transcript contains additional material from correspondence that
took place after the interview was concluded.
Sides. 1st of 2 tapes. Parts 1 and 2 of an interview with Charles
Hornig by Eric Leif Davin on August 2, 1986. Hornig is the second oldest
living Science Fiction editor, 75 at the time of the interview. He replaced
David Lasser as editor of Wonder Stories in 1933 and edited it
until Gernsback sold it in 1936. This is a telephone
interview; there were technical difficulties at the beginning, but they
are quickly resolved. Concluded on tape ELD--3.
Side A. Part 3 and conclusion
of an interview with Charles Hornig by Eric Leif Davin on August 2,
1986. This section lasts approximately 20
Side B. Isaac Asimov Press
Conference at St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA., April 14, 1983, recorded
by Eric Leif Davin.
Both Sides. 1st of 2 tapes.
Parts 1 and 2 of an interview with Raymond Z. Gallun by Eric Leif Davin
on November 15, 1986.
Sides. 2nd of 2 tapes. Parts 3 and 4 of an interview with Raymond Z.
Gallun by Eric Leif Davin on November 15, 1986.
Sides. Telephone interview of Mrs. Margaret Kay, widow of Stanley
G. Weinbaum. Interviewed by Eric Leif Davin
August 20, 1988.
A. Continuation of ELD--6.
B. Followup telephone conversation between Mrs. Margaret Kay and
Eric Leif Davin, apparently held in early October 1988.
A. Telephone interview of Charles Hornig. Interviewed by
Eric Leif Davin January 16, 1988.
B. Continuation of Side A. 15 minutes. There are 3 minutes
of blank tape at the beginning.
A. Telephone interview with Lloyd Arthur Eshbach. Interviewed
by Eric Leif Davin.
B. Continuation of Side A. 32 minutes.
voice is much fainter than Davin's. There is a beep tone about
every 15 seconds.
A. Telephone interview of Curt Siodmak. Interviewed by Eric
B. Continuation of Side A. 39 minutes.
on the phone line. Conversation sometimes unclear.
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