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Kenneth Bulmer c. 1956
14 January 1921|
|Died||16 December 2005(aged 84)|
Henry Kenneth Bulmer (14 January 1921 – 16 December 2005) was a British author, primarily of science fiction.
Born in London, he married Pamela Buckmaster on 7 March 1953. They had one son and two daughters, and they divorced in 1981. Bulmer lived in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. He died 16 December 2005.
A prolific writer, Bulmer penned over 160 novels and innumerable short stories, both under his real name and various pseudonyms. For instance, his long-running Dray Prescot series of planetary romances was initially published as Alan Burt Akers, and later as by the first-person protagonist of the series, Prescot himself.
Bulmer's works are popular in translation, particularly Germany, to the extent that in some cases they have been published only in German ions, with the original English-language versions remaining unpublished.
Bulmer did some work in comics, writing Jet-Ace Logan stories for Tiger, scripts for War Picture Library, Lion and Valiant, and helping to create the British comics antihero The Steel Claw. Paul Grist's comics series Jack Staff acknowledges this in the real name of its character The Claw, Ben Kulmer.
Bulmer's pseudonyms include Alan Burt Akers, Frank Brandon, Rupert Clinton, Ernest Corley, Peter Green, Adam Hardy, Philip Kent, Bruno Krauss, Karl Maras, Manning Norvil, Chesman Scot, Nelson Sherwood, Richard Silver, H. Philip Stratford and Tully Zetford. Kenneth Johns was a collective pseudonym used for a collaboration with author John Newman. Some of Bulmer's works were published along with the works of other authors under "house names" (collective pseudonyms) Ken Blake (for a series of tie-ins with the 1970s television programme The Professionals), Arthur Frazier, Neil Langholm, Charles R. Pike, and Andrew Quiller. He also ghost-wrote books for Barry Sadler.
In some cases, Bulmer used not only a different name but also included in the books a detailed imaginary biography giving specific personal details substantially different from the true ones. For example, the Viking series published under the name "Neil Langholm" included biographical details intended to create the impression that the series – as appropriate to its subject – was written by a Dane:
Neil Langholm was born in Copenhagen in 1931, but was educated in England at Eton and Oxford. He started his career as a veterinary surgeon but gave up in 1960 to begin writing full time. He is the author of several bestselling western and science fiction series, which he writes under a pseudonym. Mr. Langholm now lives with his wife and five children in Ruislip. His hobbies are breeding dogs and archery.
Consists of eleven cycles (the last is unfinished), four stand-alone novels, and three stand-alone short stories as noted below. The first thirty-seven volumes were published by DAW Books from December 1972 – April 1988; print ions of the later volumes were initially published solely in German translation by Wilhelm Heyne Verlag from 1991–1998. English language ebooks of volumes 38–41 were later issued by the now-defunct electronic publisher Savanti from September 1995 – December 1998; ebooks of volumes 1–52 have since been issued by another electronic publisher, Mushroom eBooks. Publication was interrupted for close to six years between volumes 45 and 46 due to family illness and difficulty in locating the manuscripts. As of 5 February 2014 it was reported that all the missing manuscripts had been found except that for Demons of Antares (Book 46), which was being translated back into English from the German version, a process then "almost finished." Publication of the volume followed in June 2014, with the remaining volumes appearing at intervals during the remainder of the year. Volume 52 was published in November 2014. Bladud Books, a sister imprint of Mushroom eBooks, has published collected omnibus ions of all volumes through the Balintol cycle in paperback and hardback.
Collected in The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Krozair Cycle (Feb. 2009)
Collected in The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Vallian Cycle (Apr. 2009)
Collected in The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Jikaida Cycle (Aug. 2009)
Collected in The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Spikatur Cycle (Mar. 2010)
Collected in The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Witch War Cycle (Sep. 2011)
Collected in The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Spectre Cycle (projected for Sep. 2015)
The last six books in the series were published only in German, under Bulmer's real name. The first four books have also been published under his real name, collected in a single volume.
Asterisked titles also published in hardback under Bulmer's own name