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Papers of P. Schuyler Miller

Call Number: MS 255


American science fiction writer and critic P. Schuyler Miller (1912-1974) wrote book reviews for Astounding Science Fiction magazine and then its successor, Analog. This collection reflects his work as a book reviewer and is primarily made up of letters from science fiction readers. It also includes business correspondence between Miller and other writers.


  • Creation: 1930 - 1974


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Biography of P. Schuyler Miller

P. Schuyler Miller was born February 21, 1912 and raised in New York's Mowhawk Valley, which led to his life-long fascination with the Iroquois nation. He pursued this interest as an amateur archaeologist and a member of the New York State Archaeological Association.

Miller received his M.S. in chemistry from Union College in Schnectady, New York. He subsequently worked as a technical writer for General Electric in the 1940s, and for the Fisher Scientific Company in Pittsburgh from 1952 until his death.

Miller wrote pulp science fiction beginning in the 1930s. His work appeared in such magazines as Wonder Stories, Science Fiction Digest, Marvel Tales, and Super Science Stories, among others.

Miller gradually moved into writing book reviews, beginning in 1945, initially for Astounding Science Fiction and later for its successor, Analog. He began a regular monthly review column in Astounding Science Fiction in October, 1951. He is also known as an early bibliographer of Robert E. Howard's "Conan" stories in the 1930s, together with his friend John D. Clark.

In 1963, Miller was awarded a special Hugo Award for book reviews. He died October 13, 1974 in Blennerhassett Island, West Virginia.


11.5 Linear Feet (24 document cases)

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Scope and Contents

The P. Schuyler Miller collection dates from 1930 to 1974, consisting largely of correspondence from his years as a book reviewer. While the letters are primarily from science fiction readers, there are letters from influential members of the science fiction community as well, including Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Lloyd Biggle, Jr.

A large portion of the collection consists of fandom material, including letters from science fiction readers who were responding to Miller's request in first Astounding Science Fiction and later Analog for the readers' top 25 favorite science fiction books and top 10 favorite science fiction authors.

The collection also includes Miller's correspondence with science fiction writers as well as conference advertisements, agendas, and progress reports.

Physical Location

MS 255

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Papers of P. Schuyler Miller, Department of Special Collections, MS 255, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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