"At a Hydra Club meeting on June 10, I met Arthur C. Clarke and Geoff Conklin for the first time.
And that's it! That's all he says about it!
Well, what's the Hydra Club?
See a reminscence at http://jophan.org/mimosa/m25/kyle.htm, written by David Kyle
In the early 1950s, the Pratts (Fletcher Prat and his wife Inga) hosted meetings of the Hydra Club, an organization of New York's science fiction writers, in their Manhattan apartment at 32 West 58th Street. Hydra Club members included Frederik Pohl, Lester del Rey, David A. Kyle, Judith Merril, Martin Greenberg, Robert W. Lowndes, Philip Klass, Willy Ley, George O. Smith, Sam Merwin and Harry Harrison.
Later the Pratts purchased a sprawling home in Highlands, New Jersey, with over thirty rooms, nicknaming it the Ipsy-Wipsy Institute. It too became a gathering place for their literary friends, including many prominent science fiction writers. Among the guests were authors and editors such as John Ciardi, Basil Davenport, Bernard DeVoto, and Eugenie Clark. In addition to the Hydra Club members already mentioned, science fiction and fantasy writers such as L. Sprague de Camp, Theodore Sturgeon, Isaac Asimov, and Laurence Manning were guests.
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