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Reginald Bretnor

Born: Jul 30, 1911

Death: Jul 22, 1992

Birthplace: Vladivostok

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Reginald Bretnor

Date of Birth : Jul 30, 1911
Date of Death : Jul 22, 1992
Birth Place : Vladivostok

Reginald Bretnor was a science fiction author who flourished between the 1950s and 1980s. Most of his fiction was in short story form, and usually featured a whimsical story line or ironic plot twist. He also wrote on military theory and public affairs, and edited some of the earliest books to consider SF from a literary theory and criticism perspective. Bretnor’s father, Grigory Kahn, was born in Russia, but he and his family left Siberia for Japan in 1917 and later settled in the United States. Bretnor’s mother was born a British subject, became a Russian subject, spent from 1917 to 1920 in Japan, then settled in the United States with her children Reginald and Margaret. Reginald Bretnor himself was born in Vladivostok, Russia. He was married to Helen Harding, a translator and U.C. Berkeley librarian, from 1948 until her death in 1967. He subsequently married Rosalie, whom he referred to in a letter in the Southern Oregon Historical Society Archives as Rosalie McShane, although she wrote under the name Rosalie Bodrero. According to papers in the SOHS Archives, Bretnor’s military background included service in the last cavalry unit in the U.S. Army.


  • Writer
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • Alfred Reginald Bretnor
  • Grendel Briarton
  • Reg Bretnor
  • R. Bretnor
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