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Stephen Tall

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Stephen Tall

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Full Name: Compton Newby Crook
Born: June 14, 1908
Rossville, Tennessee, USA
Died: January 15, 1981
Phoenix, Maryland, USA
Occupation: biology professor, author
Nationality: USA


Stephen Tall was the most common pseudonym of American science fiction writer Compton Newby Crook (June 14, 1908--January 15, 1981).

Born in Rossville, Tennessee, Crook studied biology at Peabody College, and did graduate work at Arizona State University and Johns Hopkins University. He began teaching biology at Towson University in 1939, where he remained until his retirement in 1973. He was married to author Beverly Crook and had three children with her. He died in Phoenix, Maryland.

Crook's first published story was a winner in the Boy Scouts of America's first short story writing contest. He began publishing science fiction in 1955 with the appearance of "The Lights on Precipice Peak" in Galaxy. His short story "The Bear with the Knot on His Tail" (1971) was nominated for the 1972 Hugo Award for short fiction. His activity in the field grew in the mid-1970s before his death.

In 1983, the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award was established by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society in his name for best first science fiction novel in a given year.

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