Charles Roland Tanner Jr. was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 17, 1896 to Charles Roland Tanner Sr. and Anna Jane Tanner. At the age of 8, Charles’s father died.
Charley, as he liked to be known as at the time, was drafted into the Army in 1918, near the end of World War I and briefly served in France. He had previously served in the Navy.
Charles married Frances King in 1923 and remained married until his death in 1974. They had 3 children, Anne Marie in 1925, James in 1927 and Robert in 1938. One of the great tragedies of his life came five days before Christmas 1934 when Anne Marie died from appendicitis.
In November 1929, Charles entered a contest for Science Wonder Stories with a short story called “The Color of Space”. He won the first prize which was having his story published and $150. This story was appeared in the March 1930 issue of Science Wonder Stories.
During his lifetime, Charles had 17 short stories and 1 poem published. He also had one story, Tumithak and the Ancient Word, published posthumously. In addition, Charles wrote an additional 8 short stories and one novel that were not published. The bulk of his writing came between 1930 and 1952. His last published new writing was a poem based on the book, The Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This was published in Fantastic Stories in August 1968.
Charles worked many years as a Color Technician for the Formica Corporation. He retired in 1961 and moved to California with his wife Frances and son Robert.
Charles lived the remainder of his life in Torrance, California in a home next to his oldest son, James.
Charles died on January 9, 1974 at the age of 77. He is buried at the Los Angeles National Cemetery next to his wife Frances.