Frank M. Robinson, author

Aug 9, 1926 - June 30, 2014

Frank M. Robinson’s Memorial
August 8, 2014 @7pm
San Francisco Women's Building
3543 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 431-1180
This event is open to the public and we hope to see you there to celebrate the life of our friend!

Welcome to Frank M. Robinson’s official web site.  Frank was an author, editor,  and screenwriter of science fiction, political thrillers, and mysteries.  This site has some great pulp magazine cover art, peppered throughout,  Frank’s story form biography is a great taste of coming of age when sci-fi was in it’s infancy.  Check out the book he helped put together ART OF IMAGINATION: 20th Century Visions of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy

Frank M. Robinson’s Memorial - August 8, 2014 @7pm
San Francisco Women's Building
This event is open to the public and we hope to see you there to celebrate the life of our friend and hero!

Nebula Weekend Special Honoree Frank M. Robinson

Frank was unable to attend the award ceremony, but wrote this to be read:
“Sometime ago a group of aeronautical engineers were asked if they had ever read any of Bob Heinlein’s SF books for kids. 90 % of them raised their hands.Some years later, I later interviewed Arthur C. Clarke for Playboy and he asked me half a dozen science questions. The last one was more of a parable than a question: What was the one thing could a fish never conceive of? The answer was “Fire!” The parable was that there were things in the universe of which man could never conceive of. It occurred to me then that science fiction and it’s writers were the imagination of this world. I still think that. All of you writers are a part of that imagination, and each and every one of you deserves a gold star. I can’t write much more – I’m crying as I write this.”


Frank M. Robinson CollectionThe Frank M. Robinson Collection
Nearly 10,000 Full Color Images!

The collection was sold at auction
This 500+ page full color book features ALL of the
Frank M. Robinson collection of great pulps,
digests, books and art.

Click here to order your copy today!




Warner Brothers
has rereleased the movie
based on Frank’s book
The Power (remastered)

Click here to get it on

The Power DVD cover

Pulp Culture: The Art of Fiction Magazines , 3rd Edition

Pulp Culture: The Art of Fiction Magazines

  • Book is paperbound (but same size as other editions).
  • Book now has a complete index.
  • About 50 of the images were rescanned to eliminate moire patterns.
  • Some substitution for images made.
  • Back cover by J. Allen St. John
  • Print-run is limited, half the size of first two editions.

Pulp fiction's lurid adventures were vividly reflected on the magazines' eye-catching covers. Hard-boiled dames, bizarre monsters, dicks and 'tecs, sinister villains, and muscled warriors all appeared each month to tempt readers out of their hard-earned dimes. This gorgeous full-color compilation features hundreds of the genre's most thrilling covers and includes an index. Taken collectively, they provide a dazzling panorama of some 60 years of illustration and social commentary.

Science Fiction of the 20th CenturyScience Fiction of the 20th Century
(Hugo Award® winner, 2000) Vividly illustrated with images of film posters, magazines, and books-many shown here for the first time - offers an insider's view of the prophetic writers, illustrators, and editors who made science fiction the most popular form of entertainment in the twentieth century.

Dime novels, pulp magazines, books, films, television-science fiction has chronicled both our hope for the future and our fear of it. Bestselling author Frank M. Robinson tells the story-behind-the-story, from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, published in the 1800s, through the fantastic visions of Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and a host of others who made science fiction not only their profession but their life. The atomic bomb, the space programs, cloning, and the Internet come to life on paper and celluloid as talented writers, artists, and filmmakers share their sense of wonder and their adventures of the mind



Frank on the big screen with Sean Penn in Milk

Frank in Milk Photo by Brandon BoyceAn amazing experience.  They had a guy picked out to play me--met him later on--and then Sean Penn, Gus van Sant (director), and Lance Black (screenwriter--smart, talented, a workhorse and friendly) came over to the house and Penn interviewed me for an hour and a half about Harvey (I used to be Harvey's speechwriter).  Afterward, took them all to dinner at an upscale Burmese restaurant on Castro.  Sean had to leave early and I entertained Gus and Lance with tales about Rogue and Playboy.  Naturally they were fascinated (translation: bored stiff).

After I wound down, Gus asked if I wanted too be in the film.  I told him I'd never acted, couldn't act, and I'd forgotten every line when I was the lead in a grammar school play.  He said it was only going too be one word.  "Dogshit."  I said I thought I could manage that, and my career as a movie star was bornread more

Archive of Hope book coverAn Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk's Speeches and Writings
by Harvey Milk (Author), Jason Edward Black (Editor), Charles E. Morris (Editor), Frank M. Robinson (Foreword + entries)

Harvey Milk was one of the first openly and politically gay public officials in the United States, and his remarkable activism put him at the very heart of a pivotal civil rights movement reshaping America in the 1970s. An Archive of Hope is Milk in his own words, bringing together in one volume a substantial collection of his speeches, columns, editorials, political campaign materials, open letters, and press releases, culled from public archives, newspapers, and personal collections. Get it on AMAZON

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