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Branley, Franklyn M

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1915-2002) US scientist and author, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, 1968-1972. Most of his approximately 200 works of nonfiction, many of them concerning Astronomy and Space Flight, were written for the Young Adult market [see highly selected list below]. His one sf novel, the Young Adult Lodestar, Rocket Ship to Mars: The Record of the First Operation Sponsored by the Federal Commission for Interplanetary Exploration (1951) describes a Rocket voyage to Mars in 1971 and details the young protagonist's adventures as youngest of the three-man crew. The vision of Mars presented is reasonably accurate for the period and the novel served as a respectable introduction to sf for youth of the era. [GSt]

Franklyn Mansfield Branley

born New Rochelle, New York: 5 June 1915

died Brunswick, Maine: 5 May 2002


nonfiction (highly selected)


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