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Encyclopedia > Fletcher Pratt

Murray Fletcher Pratt (1897–1956) was a science fiction and fantasy writer; he was also well-known as a writer on naval history and on the American Civil War. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... For other definitions of fantasy, see fantasy (psychology). ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Naval warfare is combat in and on seas and oceans. ... The American Civil War was fought in the United States from 1861 until 1865 between the United States – forces coming mostly from the 23 northern states of the Union – and the newly-formed Confederate States of America, which consisted of 11 southern states that had declared their secession. ...

According to L. Sprague de Camp, Pratt was born near Buffalo, New York and attended Hobart College for one year. During the 1920's he worked for the Buffalo Courier-Express and on a Staten Island newspaper. In the late 20's he began selling stories to pulp magazines. Again, according to de Camp's memoir, after a fire gutted his apartment in the '30s he used the insurance money to study at the Sorbonne for a year. After that he began writing histories. Lyon Sprague de Camp, (November 27, 1907-November 6, 2000) was a science fiction and fantasy author born in New York City. ... Aerial view of downtown Buffalo, New York Buffalo, also known as The Queen City, The Nickel City, and the City of Good Neighbors, is an American city in western New York. ... Hobart College is a senior secondary college, located on Mt. ... Sometimes referred to as the Roaring Twenties. Events and trends Technology John Logie Baird invents the first working television system. ... Staten Island, shown in an enhanced satellite image Staten Island is one of the five boroughs of New York City, located on an island of the same name on the west side of the Narrows at the entrance of New York Harbor. ... Pulp magazines, often called simply the pulps, were inexpensive text fiction magazines widely published in the 1920s through the 1950s. ... // Events and trends The 1930s were spent struggling for a solution to the global depression. ... The Sorbonne, Paris, in a 17th century engraving The Sorbonne today, from the same point of view La Sorbonne was the name of the former University of Paris, in Paris, France, one among the most ancient in Europe. ...

He is best known for his many collaborations with de Camp, the most famous of which is the humorous Harold Shea fantasy series which was eventually published in full as The Complete Compleat Enchanter (1989, ISBN 0-671-69809-5). The Roaring Trumpet in Unknown, May 1940 Harold Shea was a name given to a series of stories by L. Sprague deCamp, Fletcher Pratt, and in some cases Christopher Stasheff. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Wargamers know him as the inventor of the rules for civilian naval wargaming, before the Second World War. This article is about the military exercise and civilian hobby. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ...



  • The Land of Unreason (1941) with L. Sprague de Camp
  • Well of the Unicorn (1948)
  • The Carnelian Cube (1948) with L. Sprague de Camp
  • The Blue Star (1952)
  • Double Jeopardy (1952)
  • The Undying Fire (1953)
  • Invaders from Rigel (1960)
  • Alien Planet (1962)
  • The Well of the Unicorn (1995)


The Incomplete Enchanter

  • The Incomplete Enchanter (1940) with L. Sprague de Camp
  • Castle of Iron (1941) with L. Sprague de Camp
  • The Wall of Serpents [vt The Enchanter Completed (1980 UK)](1960) with L. Sprague de Camp


  • Double in Space (1951)
  • Double Jeopardy (1952)
  • Tales From Gavagan's Bar (1953) with L. Sprague de Camp
  • The Compleat Enchanter (1975) with L. Sprague de Camp
  • Tales from Gavagan's Bar (Expanded Edition) (1978) with L. Sprague de Camp
  • The Incomplete Enchanter (1986) with L. Sprague de Camp
  • The Intrepid Enchanter (1987) with L. Sprague de Camp
  • The Complete Compleat Enchanter (1989) with L. Sprague de Camp


  • World of Wonder (1951)

Twayne Triplet

  • 1 The Petrified Planet (1952)
  • 2 Witches Three (1952)


  • Fletcher Pratt's Naval War Game (1940)
  • A Man and His Meals (1947)
  • World of Wonder : an Introduction to Imaginative Literature (1951)


  • All About Famous Inventors and Their Inventions (1955)
  • All About Rockets and Jets (1955)
  • Rockets, Jets, Guided Missiles and Spaceships (1951) with Jack Coggins
  • By Space Ship to the Moon (1952) with Jack Coggins
  • Rockets, Satellites and Space Travel (1958) with Jack Coggins

History and Biography

Naval History

  • The Compact History of the United States Navy (1957)
  • Empire and the Sea (1946) with Inga Stephens
  • Fighting Ships of the U.S. Navy (1941) with Jack Coggins
  • Fleet Against Japan (1946)
  • The Navy has Wings; the United States Naval Avaition (1943)
  • The Navy, a History; the Story of a Service in Action (1938)
  • The Navy's War (1944)
  • Preble's Boys; Commodore Preble and the Birth of American Sea Power (1950)
  • Sea Power and Today's War (1939)
  • Ships, Men - and Bases (1941) with Frank Knox
  • A Short History of the Army and Navy (1944)

The Napoleonic Wars

  • The Empire and the Glory; Napoleon Bonaparte: 1800-1806 (1948)
  • The Heroic Years; Fourteen Years of the Republic, 1801-1815 (1934)
  • Road to Empire; the Life and Times of Bonaparte, the General (1939)

The Civil War

  • The Civil War (1955)
  • Civil War in Pictures (1955)
  • Civil War on Western Waters (1956)
  • The Military Genius of Abraham Lincoln : an Essay (1951) with Colin R. Ballard
  • The Monitor and the Merrimac (1951)
  • Ordeal by Fire; an Informal History of the Civil War (1935)
  • Stanton, Lincoln's Secretary of War (1953)

World War II

  • America and Total War (1941)
  • The Marines' War, an Account of the Struggle for the Pacific from Both American and Japanese Sources (1948)
  • The U.S. Army : a Guide to its Men and Equipment (1942) with David Pattee
  • War for the World; a Chronicle of Our Fighting Forces in World War II (1950)
  • What the Citizen Should Know about Modern War (1942)


  • The Battles that Changed History (1956)
  • The Cunning Mulatto and Other Cases of Ellis Parker, American Detective (1935) with Ellis Parker
  • Eleven Generals; Studies in American Command (1949)
  • Hail, Caesar! (1936)
  • The Lost Battalion (1938) with Thomas M. Johnson
  • Muscle-power Artillery (1938)
  • My Life to the Destroyers (1944) with L. A. Abercrombie
  • Night Work: the Story of Task force 39 (1946)
  • Secret and Urgent; the Story of Codes and Ciphers (1939)
  • The Third King (1950)

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