Eugene George Key

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Eugene George Key
Born (1907-08-05)August 5, 1907
Jackson, Mississippi
Died February 1, 1968(1968-02-01) (aged 60)
V.A. Hospital Long Beach, California
Occupation Short story writer/College Professor
Nationality United States
Genre Science fiction/College textbooks
Spouse Winifred Rachel Key [nee: Abrahall] (Sept 12, 1924 - Aug 27, 2010) Age: 85
Children Linford Eugene Key - 1944; = Robert Ellis Key - 1945; = Jenifer Margaret Key - 1948; George David Key - 1950; = Barbara Ann Key - 1952

Eugene Key (1907–1968) was an American short story writer. His collection, Mars Mountain (1935) was the first full-length book to be issued by a publisher that specialized in science fiction.[1][2][3]

Key enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and was later transferred into the United States Air Force. During World War II, Key served in England where he met, and married, his second wife, Winifred Rachel Key (Sept 12, 1924-Aug 24, 2010). She was in the Women's Royal Air Force.

Key was an Associate Professor of Engineering at East Los Angeles College. He received the degrees of B.S. in Arts and Sciences from Illinois Institute of Technology and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University.

Key was a licensed professional engineer, and had varied and extensive practical experience as an engineer and mechanical designer in private industry and for government agencies. He had the rank of lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve, and while on active duty during World War II, he wrote and edited technical handbooks for the Air Force. He had published some twenty articles concerning technical subjects in Power Plant Engineering (now Power Engineering) and Design News Magazines. Key was also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Architects, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Los Angeles College Teachers Association, and was listed in the The International Yearbook and Statesman's Who's Who, Who's Who in the West, and Who's Who in Commerce and Industry.[4]



  • Mars Mountain (1934)
  • The Red Ace (1930)
  • Lake Tempest (1934)
  • Earth Sees Mars (1934)


  • Elementary Engineering Mechanics (1960)
  • Principles of Electricity for Students of Physics and Engineering {1967}


  1. ^ Clute, John; Peter Nicholls (1995). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. p. 664. ISBN 0-312-13486-X. 
  2. ^ Clute, John; John Grant (1997). The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 877. ISBN 0-88184-708-9. 
  3. ^ Tuck, Donald H. (1978). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 253. ISBN 0-911682-20-1. 
  4. ^ Principles of Electricity

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