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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Algis Budrys  

Pen Name: Frank Mason, Alger Rome, John A. Sentry, William Scarff and Paul Janvier

Genre: Science Fiction

Born: 1931 in Königsberg in East Prussia

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Illinois Connection

Algis Budrys lived his final years in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

In addition to his writing, Budrys was a critic for Galaxy Science Fiction, a book editor for Playboy, a longtime teacher at the Clarion Writers Workshop and an organizer and judge for the Writers of the Future awards. In addition, he worked as a publicist; in one publicity stunt, he erected a giant pickle on the proposed site of the Chicago Picasso. In addition to numerous Hugo Award and Nebula Award nominations, Budrys won the Science Fiction Research Association's 2007 Pilgrim Award for lifetime contributions to speculative fiction scholarship. In 2009, he was the recipient of one of the first three Solstice Awards presented by the SFWA in recognition of his contributions to the field of science fiction.


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Titles At Your Library

Rogue Moon
ISBN: 0899683347

Lightyear Pr. 1993

After a series of volunteers sent to the moon via matter transmitter all die in a mysterious alien formation, Al Barker, an adventurer, tries to discover the reason

The Amsirs and the iron thorn
ISBN: B00005VDW1

The Science Fiction Book Club. 1969

London published Fiction

The Falling Torch
ISBN: 0515027766

Pyramid Books. 1972

Pyramid, 1972, paperback. Cover code #N2776, copyright page says this the 4th printing but is the 5th printing. This 1959 novel is the story of a conquered Earth's government-in-exile returning to free the home planet.

Michaelmas
ISBN: 0445203161

Popular Library. 1986

Newsman Laurent Michaelmas and Domino, the master computer he created, are faced with a threat to their power when the dead start to reappear on the earth

HARD LANDING.
ISBN: B002K9IB0A

Science Fiction Book Club / Warner books. 1994

Algis Budrys' first novel to appear in fifteen years, Hard Landing begins with report of an electocuted man found lying on the tracks of the Burrow Street station in Shoreview, Illinois. The story Budrys goes on to tell is a tale ripped from the pages of a supermarket tabloid. A starship crash lands in a New Jersey swamp, its passengers, human in appearance, scatter, each forced to find their own way in an alien world, living the rest of their lives among the human race.