Richard Wilson (author)

Richard Wilson (author)

Richard Wilson (1920 - 1987) was a Nebula Award winning American science fiction writer and fan. He was a member of the Futurians, and was married at one time to Leslie Perri.

His books included the novels "The Girls from Planet 5" (1955); "Those Idiots from Earth" (1957); "30-Day Wonder" (1960); and "And Then the Town Took Off" (1960); and the collection "Time Out for Tomorrow" (1962). His short stories included "The Eight Billion" (nominated for a Nebula Award as Best Short Story in 1966); "Mother to the World" (nominated for the Hugo for Best Novellette and winner of the Nebula in 1969); and "The Story Writer" (nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novella in 1980).

Wilson also worked in the public relations field as director of the Syracuse University News Bureau from 1964 to 1980. In 1980 he became the University's senior editor before retiring in 1982. He died in March, 1987.Citation
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His other major contribution to science fiction and to Syracuse University was in successfully recruiting the donation of papers from many prominent science fiction writers to the University's George Arents Research Library. As part of this effort, Wilson wrote an article entitled "Syracuse University's Science Fiction Collections" for the May 1967 issue of the magazine "Worlds of Tomorrow". The collection eventually included manuscripts, galley proofs, magazines, correspondence and art donated by Piers Anthony, Hal Clement, Keith Laumer, Larry Niven, Frederick Pohl and others, including Wilson himself. Initially housed in a warehouse annex, the papers eventually made their way to the climate-controlled top floor of Ernest Stevenson Bird Library on the Syracuse University campus. It has been called the "most important collection of science fiction manuscripts and papers in the world." [Citation
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