Algis Budrys, 1931 - 2008
Date: 12 June 2008
Noted science fiction author, editor, reviewer/critic and instructor Algis ("A.J.") Budrys passed yesterday, June 9, 2008, at the age of 77.
"The High Purpose," Budrys' first published science fiction story, appeared in 1952 in Astounding Science Fiction. His best-known science fiction includes the novellas "Rogue Moon" and "The Silent Eyes of Time", and the novels Who?, Michaelmas, and Hard Landing.
Michaelmas was one of two near-simultanously appearing novels about sentient computers, the other being Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Hard Landing is, per the name, about an alien space ship whose crew survives a hard landing on Earth, and how they integrate themselves into our society.
Michaelmas and "Silent Eyes of Times" are some of my favorite SF, up in my short list.
Budrys was an editor at Gnome Press and Galaxy Science Fiction, was editor of the brief-lived paper and then online Tomorrow SF, and helped launch and stayed involved in the Writers of the Future and Illustrators of the Future contests. He was also an instructor at Clarion East for over a decade, and also taught writing at Harvard, the Library of Congress, NASA/Houston, and other places.
(Here's a brief biography of Budrys from LoneStarCon 2 (the 1997 WorldCon World Science Fiction Convention, where he was Guest of Honor), and a bibliography of Budrys from the Internet Science Fiction Database. Night)
I had the pleasure of meeting Budrys once, at a the Return to Index