(1907-1997) US author of numerous bestsellers. His long novel Space (1982), televised 1985, is based on the history of the US space programme, becoming sf only in its later stages, when it describes invented missions and adventures roughly contemporaneous with the historical ones (e.g., a disaster owing to an outburst of solar radiation during an Apollo 18 lunar mission in 1973), and then peers optimistically into the Near Future. Among several errors of fact are consistent references to Stanley G Weinbaum as Stanley G Weinberg. [JGr]
see also: Rockets.
James Albert Michener
born Doylestown, Pennsylvania: 3 February 1907
died Austin, Texas: 16 October 1997
- Space (New York: Random House, 1982) [hb/Richard Adelson]
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