Editor and agent Knox Burger, 87, died January 4, 2010 in Manhattan. Burger was fiction editor for Collier’s from 1948 to 1951, where he published Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s first short story. Vonnegut dedicated 1968 collection Welcome to the Monkey House to him: “To Knox Burger. Ten days older than I am. He has been a very good father to me.” Burger also published Jack Finney’s early time travel stories, work by Ray Bradbury (including “A Sound of Thunder” and “There Will Come Soft Rains”), and a serialization of John Wyndham’s Day of the Triffids.
After Burger left Collier’s, he edited books, mostly mystery and suspense novels, but also SF, for Dell and Fawcett, before founding his literary agency Knox Burger & Associates in 1970.
See the February issue of Locus for a complete obituary.