Hans Joachim Alpers
Hans Joachim Alpers (July 14, 1943 – February 16, 2011) was a German writer and editor of science fiction and fantasy. Together with Werner Fuchs and Ulrich Kiesow he founded Fantasy Productions, which became one of the premier German RPG- and board game producers and retailers. He was born in Bremerhaven.
As an editor he co-founded the highly successful German-language role-playing game The Dark Eye and the Science Fiction Times and as a critic he was a contributor to Science Fiction Studies. As a writer he used several pseudonyms including Jürgen Andreas, Thorn Forrester, Daniel Herbst, Gregory Kern, Mischa Morrison, P.T. Vieton, and Jörn de Vries. He won the Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis for the novels Das zerrissene Land and Die graue Eminenz. He also co-wrote a six-volume series of young-adult SF with Ronald M. Hahn Das Raumschiff der Kinder (translates as "The Children's Spaceship").
He edited anthologies, annual publications, and reference works. Anthologies included Science Fiction aus Deutschland: 24 stories von 20 Autoren (1974). Annual publications included the Science-fiction-Almanach (1981–1987) and Science-fiction-Jahrbuch (1983–1987). Reference works included Reclams Science-fiction-Führer (1982), Lexikon der Science-fiction-Literatur (1980, 1988), Lexikon der Horrorliteratur (1999), and Lexikon der Fantasy-Literatur (2005).
He lived in Hamburg.
In 2012 he was awarded a posthumous special Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis for his many years of contributing to German-language SF. 
- Science Fiction Studies
- Young Adult Science Fiction by Charles William Sullivan, page 81.
- "Alpers, Hans Joachim". Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- Interview with Hans Joachim Alpers (in German)
- Obituary (in German)
- Brief biography of Alpers from the publisher Pabel-Moewig
- Entry for Alpers in the Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek (catalog of the German National Library)
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