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Lifetime: 1911 - 1981 Passed: ≈ 43 years ago




United States

George O. Smith

George Oliver Smith (also known by the pseudonym Wesley Long) was an American science fiction author. He is not to be confused with George H. Smith, another American science fiction author.

Smith was an active contributor to Astounding Science Fiction during the Golden Age of Science Fiction in the 1940s. His collaboration with the magazine's editor, John W. Campbell, Jr. was interrupted when Campbell's first wife, Doña, left him in 1949 and married Smith.

Smith continued regularly publishing science fiction novels and stories until 1960. His output greatly diminished in the 1960s and 1970s when he had a job that required his undivided attention. He was given the First Fandom Hall of Fame award in 1980.

He was a member of the all-male literary banqueting club the Trap Door Spiders, which served as the basis of Isaac Asimov's fictional group of mystery solvers the Black Widowers.

Books by George O. Smith

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Highways in Hiding

Science Fiction Novel
Society Discovery Great Plague Historical Medical Life Sciences

Highways in Hiding is a science fiction novel by American writer George O. Smith. It was published in 1956 by Gnome Press in an edition of 4,000 copies. The novel was originally serialized in the magazine Imagination in 1955. An abridged version was...

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Realism Civilization Travel Explore Space Planets Technology Communism

The novel follows the story of engineer Peter Van Emery who works for the International Space Institute, and his efforts to prevent the destruction of the Earth by an alien race. Van Emery's work involves developing a new method of faster-than-light...

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Operation Interstellar

Science Fiction Novel
Challenges Planets Journey Technology Humanity Earth Imagination

In the vast expanse of the cosmos, humanity's reach extends beyond the familiar confines of Earth, embarking on an audacious mission to cross the interstellar gulf and establish a foothold on a distant world. Operation Interstellar, a daring endeavor...

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Climate control was an elusive dream. A brilliant inventor chanced upon a solution and the dream briefly became a luxurious reality. But nobody really understood how it worked until it was too late. - Summary by quartertone