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Encyclopedia > Donald Kingsbury

Donald MacDonald Kingsbury (born 12 February 1929 in San Francisco, California) is an AmericanCanadian science fiction author. Kingsbury taught mathematics at McGill University, Montreal, from 1956 until his retirement in 1986. is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “San Francisco” redirects here. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... For other uses, see Author (disambiguation). ... Euclid, Greek mathematician, 3rd century BC, as imagined by by Raphael in this detail from The School of Athens. ... McGill University is a publicly funded, co-educational research university located in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (well-being through harmony) Coordinates: , Country Province Region Montréal Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...




  • Courtship Rite. New York : Simon and Schuster, 1982. ISBN 0-671-44033-0. (Nominated for Hugo for Best Novel in 1983) (Won Compton Crook Award) Translated into French as Parade nuptiale and to Spanish as Ritos de Cortejo and to Dutch as Communiteiten. Published in UK as Geta.
  • The Moon Goddess and the Son. New York : Baen Books, 1986. ISBN 0-671-55958-3. (Short version nominated for Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1980)
  • Psychohistorical Crisis. New York : Tor Books, 2001. ISBN 0765341956 . Translated into Spanish as Crisis psicohistórica. (Winner, 2002 Prometheus Award)
  • The Finger Pointing Solward has been anxiously awaited ever since the publication of Courtship Rite. Kingsbury has never quite finished the story, noting as far back as 1984 that he was still 'polishing' it (see interview with Robert Sawyer) and as recently as the Readercon biography notes in July of 2006. Artist Donato Giancola placed a copy of the intended cover on his gallery page. In 1994, an excerpt was published as "The Cauldron".

Courtship Rite is a science fiction novel by Donald Kingsbury, originally serialized in Analog magazine in 1982. ... The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... The Compton Crook Award is presented to the best first novel of the year in the field of Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror by the members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc, at their annual Baltimore-area science fiction convention, Balticon, held on Memorial Day weekend in downtown Baltimore... The Moon Goddess and the Son is a science fiction novel by Donald Kingsbury, expanded from a novella originally published in the December 1979 issue of Analog magazine. ... The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Psychohistorical Crisis is a science fiction novel by Donald Kingsbury, published by Tor Books in 2001. ... The Prometheus Award is an award for libertarian science fiction novels given out annually by the Libertarian Futurist Society (which also publishes a quarterly journal, Prometheus). ... Courtship Rite is a science fiction novel by Donald Kingsbury, originally serialized in Analog magazine in 1982. ...

Short fiction

  • "Ghost Town", 1952.
  • "Shipwright", Analog, 1978.
  • "To Bring in the Steel", Analog, 1978.
  • "The Survivor", Man-Kzin Wars IV, 1991.
  • "The Cauldron", Northern Stars: The Anthology of Canadian Science Fiction, 1994.
  • "The Heroic Myth of Lieutenant Nora Argamentine", Man-Kzin Wars VI, 1994.

April 1997 issue of Analog. ... The Kzin (plural Kzinti) are a fictional, very warlike and bloodthirsty race of felinoid aliens in Larry Nivens Known Space series. ...

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To Bring in the Steel by Donald M. Kingsbury (632 words)
Donald M. Kingsbury is a mathematician and science fiction writer very much of the Campbell school, who published one story as a young man in the early 1950s in Astounding and then did not appear again until the late 1970s, when he came to prominence with four long hard sf stories, including this one.
Kingsbury is particularly adept at building complex hard sf settings, deeply rationalized and cleverly twisted into the unexpected, to provoke his characters into illuminating modes of behavior.
Kingsbury is a master of the surprise twist and the unexpected reversal of roles, of fortune, of conventions, especially of conventional morals.
Donald Kingsbury:  Psychohistorical Crisis (539 words)
Kingsbury quickly jumps back to Eron Osa's childhood to show him as an ambitious student and pawn to those who have their own ambitions.
Kingsbury, on the other hand, frequently makes use of very complex sentence structures to create a novel which is as stylistically complex as its plot is, creating a feeling of convolution Despite this fault, Psychohistorical Crisis ranks as one of the best Foundation novels not written by Asimov, along with Brin’s Foundation’s Triumph.
While Kingsbury’s writings won’t make anyone think of Asimov, his ideas, characters and locations are reminiscent of the early Foundation stories with the addition of a more complex explanation of psychohistory which includes alternatives and some deconstruction of the science created by either Hari Seldon or the Founder.
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