He is the author of more than 40 books, including criticism, mysteries, and science fiction. He has also served as a book reviewer for the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times. In 1960 he won the coveted Hugo Award for his magazine Xero, and has since been nominated for several Hugo and Nebula awards for his fiction. Equally at home in broadcast and print media, he has worked in radio ever since his stint writing the evening news for WIOD in Miami, Florida, in 1955. His long experience in radio is reflected in his novel, The Radio Red Killer. Among his latest books is the novel Marblehead, published by Ramble House, and a history of the paperback, The Great American Paperback.
His credits include teaching at several universities as well as several tours of duty as a screen writer.