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Stine, G Harry

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(1928-1997) US author who published most of his early work, most of it Children's SF, as by Lee Correy, but who in the 1980s began increasingly to publish fiction under his own name; his popularizing nonfiction about space travel and satellites had always been released under his own name, however, as was his first story, "Galactic Gadgeteers" in Astounding for May 1951. As Correy, his best-known sf tale is "'... And a Star to Steer Her By'" (June 1953 Astounding), to which his first novel, a juvenile, Starship through Space (1954), is a sequel. There soon followed another juvenile, Rocket Man (1955), and Contraband Rocket (1956 dos), about amateurs launching a Spaceship. Stine's Hard SF preoccupation with Space Flight never, in fact, faltered, and although many years passed before his next novel as Correy, his urgent advocacy of the space programme remained as attractively fresh as ever. Star Driver (1980), Shuttle Down (December 1980-March 1981 Analog; 1981), Space Doctor (1981), Manna (May-July 1983 Analog; 1984) and A Matter of Metalaw (1986), all as Correy, variously work to increase the sense of the reality of space, an agenda perhaps less evident in The Abode of Life (1982), a Star Trek tie.

Under his own name, Stine's fiction was less ambitious, being restricted mainly to the Near-Future Warbots sequence, beginning with Warbots (1988) and ending with Warbots #12: Judgment Day (1992), in which humans and Machines clashingly interface as the US Robot Infantry fights evil everywhere. A second series, the Starsea Invaders sequence comprising First Action (1993), Second Contact (1994) and Third Encounter (1995) is not dissimilar.

Nonfiction works of sf interest focused on space, and on America's need to gain access to the solar system. Stine did not waver in his advocacy of space exploration, an advocacy which inspired a number of books, including Earth Satellites and the Race for Space Superiority (1957), Rocket Power and Space Flight (1957), The Third Industrial Revolution (1980), Shuttle into Space: A Ride in America's Space Transportation (1978), The Space Enterprise (1980), Space Power (1981), Confrontation in Space (1981), The Hopeful Future (1983), The Silicon Gods (1984), Handbook for Space Colonists (1985), Handbook of Model Rocketry (1994) and Halfway to Anywhere: Achieving America's Destiny in Space (1996). Much of this work reflects Stine's Science Fact column for Analog, which appeared intermittently between 1961 and 1996. [JC]

George Harry Stine

born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 26 March 1928

died Phoenix, Arizona: 2 November 1997



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