Speculating on humanity's expansion through the galaxy.
November 1, 1923 – January 31, 2001
Gordon Dickson was a prolific author of science fiction and published more than 80 novels and many short stories since his first, “Trespass” (co-authored with Poul Anderson), was featured in Fantastic Story Quarterly in 1950.
His first novel, Alien from Arcturus (1956), established a tone of underlying seriousness which became marked in his later works, among them the series alternately known as the Childe Cycle or Dorsai, which was to occupy much of his energy for decades. This ongoing series presents dramatized, fictional evolutionary blueprints for humanity's ultimate expansion through the galaxy as an inherently ethical species and has become his best-known work.
Dickson won the Nebula Award for Best Novelette with “Call Him Lord” (1966). He was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1969 to 1971, and in 1981 he won Hugo Awards for Lost Dorsai (1980) and the short story “The Cloak and the Staff.”