Shelton, William R

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(1919-2001) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Moon Crazy" in The Saturday Evening Post for June 1949, and who wrote a number of nonfiction books about the American and Soviet space programmes, and related matters; Countdown (1960), grippingly told, is typical. Of specific sf interest is the Near Future Stowaway to the Moon: The Camelot Odyssey (1973), a Young Adult tale whose protagonist sneaks aboard a NASA flight. After much excitement, the Moon is reached. The book was filmed as Stowaway to the Moon (1975) directed by Andrew V McLaglen. [JC]

William Roy Shelton

born Rutherfordton, North Carolina: 9 April 1919

died 15 March 2001

works (selected)


  • Countdown (Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown, 1960) [hb/]


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