Bob Shaw


Born
in Ireland
December 31, 1931

Died
February 12, 1996

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Bob Shaw was born in Northern Ireland. After working in structural engineering, industrial public relations, and journalism he became a full time science fiction writer in 1975.

Shaw was noted for his originality and wit. He was two-time recipient (in 1979 and 1980) of the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. His short story Light of Other Days was a Hugo Award nominee in 1967, as was his novel The Ragged Astronauts in 1987.

Average rating: 3.7 · 5,297 ratings · 504 reviews · 152 distinct worksSimilar authors
Orbitsville

3.67 avg rating — 686 ratings — published 1974 — 23 editions
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The Ragged Astronauts (Land...

3.69 avg rating — 386 ratings — published 1986 — 16 editions
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Other Days, Other Eyes

3.87 avg rating — 267 ratings — published 1972 — 14 editions
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Night Walk

3.83 avg rating — 280 ratings — published 1967 — 18 editions
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Who Goes Here? (Warren Peac...

3.88 avg rating — 243 ratings — published 1977 — 13 editions
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The Wooden Spaceships (Land...

3.67 avg rating — 212 ratings — published 1988 — 12 editions
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A Wreath of Stars

3.59 avg rating — 190 ratings — published 1976 — 18 editions
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Orbitsville Departure

3.41 avg rating — 162 ratings — published 1983 — 11 editions
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The Palace Of Eternity

3.51 avg rating — 159 ratings — published 1969 — 11 editions
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Ship of Strangers

3.59 avg rating — 155 ratings — published 1978 — 10 editions
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“No amount of standing on hilltops on dark nights and surveying the heavens could prepare a man for the actuality of space travel, because the earthbound observer saw only the the stars, not what separated them. They glittered in his vision, filling his eyes, and he had no choice but to assign them a position of importance in the cosmic scheme. The space traveler saw things differently. He was made aware that the universe consisted of emptiness, that the suns and nebulae were almost an irrelevancy, that the stars were nothing more than a whiff of gas diffusing into infinity. And sooner or later that knowledge began to hurt.”
Bob Shaw, Ship of Strangers

“We of the Twentieth Century have abandoned the practice of holding something in reserve when we love our children, assuming – as our ancestors would never have dared to do – that they will reach adulthood as a matter of course.”
Bob Shaw, Tomorrow Lies in Ambush

“Fortune accepted that he could not become a helpless, blameless baby again and yet he was strangely satisfied at the prospect of being carried upwards into the receptive convexities of the clouds.”
Bob Shaw, Tomorrow Lies in Ambush

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