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Bob Shaw

Bob Shaw was the working name of Northern Irish writer Robert Shaw (1931-1996), in mainland UK from 1973. He worked in structural engineering until the age of twenty-seven, then aircraft design, then industrial public relations and journalism, becoming a full-time author in 1975. Shaw was early involved in SF Fandom, his first book being The Enchanted Duplicator (1954) with Walt Willis, an allegory of fan and Fanzine activities; he received Hugos in 1979 and 1980 for his fan writing, which was also collected in volumes like The Best of the Bushel (coll 1979) and The Eastercon Speeches (coll 1979), both assembled as A Load of Old BoSh: Serious Scientific Talks (omni 1995). In the meanwhile Shaw published his first professional story, "Aspect", with Nebula Science Fiction in August 1954; during the mid-1950s he contributed several more stories to that magazine and one to Authentic Science Fiction before ceasing to write for some years. After a strong "come-back" tale – ". . . And Isles Where Good Men Lie" (October 1965 New Worlds) – he published "Light of Other Days" (August 1966 Analog), which established his reputation as a writer of remarkable ingenuity . . .

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