Richard Delap

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Richard Delap (1942-1987) was a Canadian science fiction writer, editor, and reviewer. He began in science fiction fandom and was nominated for the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer.[1] He edited and wrote reviews for the semi-professional magazine Delap's Fantasy and Science Fiction Review in the mid-1970s. After moving to southern California, he worked in Hollywood as a script doctor from 1981 to 1986, rewriting film and television scripts in pre-production.[2]

He did the initial work on and was the co-editor of the massive Harlan Ellison collection The Essential Harlan Ellison, which his co-editors said "remains a testament to his talent and hard work". Delap died from an AIDS-related condition in 1987, shortly after the first hardcover publication of the Ellison collection by the Nemo Press.[2]

Delap's only work of fiction is the horror novel Shapes, which was co-written with Walter W. Lee.


  1. ^ The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction page 318.
  2. ^ a b The Essential Ellison: A Fifty Year Retrospective," edited by Terry Dowling with Richard Delap and Gil Lamont, Morpheus International, 2006, page 1239.

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