Appreciation by Bill Mills: Author and longtime L.A. area fan Jack Jardine (aka Larry Maddock) passed away April 14, 2009 after a long illness. In addition to ongoing cardiac problems, Jardine suffered a serious stroke in 2005 from which he never fully recovered. He was 78 years of age at the time of his death and is survived by his daughter and two grandchildren.
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Larry Maddock is the penname under which humorist and social critic Jack Owen Jardine (born October 10th, 1931) wrote science fiction and mystery stories from the 1950s through the 1960s. His writing career was preceded by several years in radio as a disc jockey and creative director for KALF radio in Mesa Arizona. As Larry Maddock he may be best remembered for his highly-acclaimed “Agent of T.E.R.R.A.” series, featuring the exploits of debonair, time-traveling secret agent Hannibal Fortune and his sardonic, shape-shifting alien colleague Webley.
During the same period, under the names Arthur Farmer and Harry Barsted, he produced a series of classic ultra-softcore novels whose titles typify their era, including “Lesbo Lodge”, “The Nymph and the Satyr”, “Gay Divorcees”, “Malibu Nymphs”, “Love Me”, and “Sin Ship”. Ironically those very titles can be found today being sold by book collectors for as high as $150 each! A quick search of Ebay or other online collector’s book shops will bear this out.
After the 1960s he concentrated on non-fiction essays about human sexuality, often written under his own name. Throughout the 1970s he could frequently be found at various Southern California science fiction conventions as a participant in panel discussions on subjects like writing professional sci-fi or the complexities of human sexuality, or the slightly obvious, sex in science fiction… and often sharing the dais with such notables as Larry Niven, William Rotsler, Paul Turner or Theodore Sturgeon, to name just a few, all of whom he counted as friends.
In the 1990’s Jardine officially retired from writing. A talented artist and an avid student of computer animation he devoted much of his last years to producing experimental animations on his desktop computer, and living the leisurely ‘good life’ in beautiful Northern California.
His daughter, (who Jardine swore was conceived in the attic of the house of Forrest J Ackerman in which Jack and wife Julie were then temporarily living!) has announced plans to have the body cremated, but no official plans for a memorial have been set.