Edmond Hamilton was a major influence on the development of the science fiction and space opera. He is credited for bringing a number of words and concepts into the sf field, such as Control Helment, De-atomizing Ray, Field-Projector, Gravity Neutralizing Disks, and Planetary Propulsion-Blasts. Hamilton started college at the age of 14, planning to become an electrical engineer. Instead he left college early, began writing, and his first professionally published story “The Monster-God of Mamurth” appeared in 1926. He was a prolific writer, with stories appearing in about a dozen names. His Captain Future, Interstellar Patrol, Starwolf novels and those featuring his character John Gordon remain popular. Hamilton was married to writer Leigh Brackett.