David H Keller

(David Henry Keller)
USA flag (1880 - 1966)

Almost from his first appearance in the pages of Amazing Stories, David H. Keller, M.D., (December 23, 1880-July 13, 1966) played a seminal role in the development of modern science fiction. Written in a skillful, disarmingly straightforward style capable of startling force, his tales of everyday humanity facing bizarre and often nightmarish tomorrows anticipated the concerns of science fiction's "Golden Age" by a full decade. A practicing psychiatrist, Dr. Keller brought a new depth to the science fiction pulps of the 1920s and '30s with his wry probings of the psychological and sociological implications of the future. Occasionally quaint, always interesting and often compelling, the "Kelleryarns"--as admiring readers came to call them--influenced a new generation of writers, including such giants of the genre as Stanley G. Weinbaum.