Author Biography and Bibliography


William Tenn is the pen name of Philip Klass, who was born in London in 1920. He began writing in 1945 after being discharged from the Army, and his first published story, "Alexander the Bait," was published a year later. His stories and articles have been widely anthologized, a number of them in best-of-the-year collections. He is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University, where he taught—among other things—a popular course on science fiction. In 1999 he was honored as Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America at their annual Nebula Awards Banquet.

He, along with Fruma, his wife of 44 years, and Adina, his daughter, lives in Pittsburgh.

He is not the Philip J. Klass who writes about UFOs for Aviation Week and Space Technology.

Photo by Adina Klass.