Donald Kingsbury

Donald MacDonald Kingsbury (born 12 February 1929 in San Francisco) is an American–Canadian science fiction author. Kingsbury taught mathematics at McGill University, Montreal, from 1956 until his retirement in 1986.



  • Courtship Rite. New York : Simon and Schuster, July 1982. ISBN 0-671-44033-0. (Nominated for Hugo for Best Novel in 1983) (Compton Crook Award winner)[1] (Prometheus Award Hall of Fame 2016 winner) Published in UK as Geta.
  • The Moon Goddess and the Son. New York : Baen Books, December 1986. ISBN 0-671-55958-3. (Short version nominated for Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1980)
  • Psychohistorical Crisis. New York : Tor Books, December 2001. ISBN 0-7653-4195-6. (Winner, 2002 Prometheus Award)
  • The Finger Pointing Solward has been awaited ever since the publication of Courtship Rite. Kingsbury has never finished the story, noting as far back as September 1982 that he was still "polishing" it (see interview with Robert J. Sawyer) and as recently as his self-supplied Readercon biography in July 2006. Artist Donato Giancola placed a copy of the intended cover on his gallery page: this cover was used in 2016 for the Bradley P. Beaulieu collection In the Stars I'll Find You. In 1994, an excerpt was published as "The Cauldron".

Short fiction

  • "The Ghost Town", Astounding Science Fiction, June 1952.
  • "Shipwright", Analog, April 1978.
  • "To Bring in the Steel", Analog, July 1978.
  • "The Moon Goddess and the Son", Analog, December 1979.
  • "The Survivor", Man-Kzin Wars IV, September 1991.
  • "The Heroic Myth of Lieutenant Nora Argamentine", Man-Kzin Wars VI, July 1994.
  • "The Cauldron", Northern Stars: The Anthology of Canadian Science Fiction, September 1994.
  • "Historical Crisis", Far Futures, December 1995.


  1. ^ "Compton Crook Award Winners". Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 25 June 2012.

External links

CAN-CON (convention)

CAN•CON, or more completely "CAN•CON: The Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature", is a periodic science fiction and fantasy convention in Ottawa put on by The Society for Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature. Founded in 1991 by James Botte and Farrell McGovern in response to a perception that there were no dedicated public venues that featured primarily Canadian speculative fiction writers, editors, and artists. In addition to the focus on Canadian content, it was also an attempt to bring a focus on the book back to Ottawa science fiction and fantasy events. It ran from 1992 through 1997, and again in 2001 before taking a hiatus of several years due to financial constraints; it was then relaunched in 2010.

Over the years, CAN•CON has had as guests or attendees the cream of Canadian English and French speculative fiction writers and artists (with the notable exceptions of Spider Robinson, Margaret Atwood, and William Gibson). As such, it became a meeting place for Canadian writers and artists and their fans, and provided a natural venue for the national meetings of various related Canadian organizations. This caught the notice of TOR Books' senior editor David Hartwell, who came to CAN•CON and signed deals with many Canadian science fiction and fantasy writers. Of this he said, "I did more business at CAN•CON than I did at Worldcon". This informal access to large numbers of Canadian writers enabled him to spearhead TOR's Canadian publishing initiative.

China Mountain Zhang

China Mountain Zhang is a 1992 science fiction novel by American writer Maureen F. McHugh. The novel is made up of several stories loosely intertwined.

Compton Crook Award

The Compton Crook Award is presented to the best first English language 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 the Baltimore, Maryland area. Awards have been presented since 1983. The award is also known as the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award.BSFS has presented “The Compton Crook Award” each Balticon SM (since 1983) for “... the best first novel in the genre published during the previous year ...”. The list of eligible books is published in the monthly newsletter so all club members will have a chance to read and vote. The winning author is invited to Balticon (BSFS pays transportation and lodging to attend two years), and presented with the cash award set at $1,000.00 post 2005. Compton Crook, who used the nom de plume Stephen Tall, died in 1981. He was a long-time Baltimore resident, Towson University professor, and science fiction author.

Courtship Rite

Courtship Rite is a science fiction novel by American writer Donald Kingsbury, originally serialized in Analog magazine in 1982. The book is set in the same universe as some of Kingsbury's other stories, such as "Shipwright" (1978) and the unpublished The Finger Pointing Solward.

In the UK, the novel was entitled Geta, and in France, Parade nuptiale.

Courtship Rite was the first winner of the Compton Crook Award for best first novel, was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1983 and won the 2016 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award.

Hammered (Bear novel)

Hammered is a science fiction novel by Elizabeth Bear first published on 28 December 2004 by Bantam Spectra. The book won the 2006 Locus Award for Best First Novel. It is the first book of a trilogy made of Hammered, Scardown, and Worldwired.


The Jotoki (singular Jotok) are a fictional alien race from Larry Niven's Known Space books. They were first described in the novelette The Survivor by Donald Kingsbury, in Man-Kzin Wars IV

Kingsbury (surname)

Kingsbury is a surname. Notable people and characters with the surname include:

Albert Kingsbury (1863–1943), American engineer, inventor and entrepreneur

Alison Mason Kingsbury (1898–1988), American artist

Benedict Kingsbury (born 1961), scholar of international law and global governance

Bobby Kingsbury (born 1980), American baseball player

Bruce Kingsbury (1918–1942), Australian Victoria Cross recipient

Clarence Kingsbury (1882–1949), British Olympic cyclist

Cyrus Kingsbury (1786–1870), American Christian missionary

Damien Kingsbury (born 1955), Australian academic

Donald Kingsbury (born 1929), American–Canadian science fiction writer

Edward M. Kingsbury (1854–1946), American journalist

Fred Kingsbury (1927–2011), American Olympic rower

Gina Kingsbury (born 1981), Canadian ice hockey player

Gladys Kingsbury (1876–1958), American silent film actress and screenwriter

Henry Kingsbury (born 1943), pianist and ethnomusicologist

Howard Kingsbury (1904–1991), American Olympic rower

Jack Dean Kingsbury (born 1934), American theologian

Jacob Kingsbury (1756–1837), American army officer

Jill Kingsbury, fictional character in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street

John James Kingsbury (1853–1939), Australian politician and Crown Prosecutor

Joseph C. Kingsbury (1812–1898), Mormon pioneer

Joseph T. Kingsbury (1853–1937), American university president

Karen Kingsbury (born 1963), American author

Kathleen Kingsbury, American journalist and editor

Kyle Kingsbury (born 1982), American mixed martial artist

Kyle Kingsbury (character), fictional character in the 2007 novel Beastly by Alex Flinn

Kliff Kingsbury (born 1979), American football player and coach

Laurie Kingsbury (born 1992), Canadian ice hockey player

Mikaël Kingsbury (born 1992), Canadian skier

Noel Kingsbury, British garden designer and writer

Susan Myra Kingsbury (1870–1949), American economist and social researcher

Thelma Kingsbury (born c. 1912), English–American badminton player

Tim Kingsbury (born 1977), Canadian musician

Tom Kingsbury, American businessman

William W. Kingsbury (1828–1892), American politician

Locus Award for Best First Novel

Winners of the Locus Award for Best First Novel, awarded by the science fiction and fantasy magazine Locus. Awards presented in a given year are for works published in the previous calendar year. The award for Best First Novel was first presented in 1981.

Man-Kzin Wars

The Man-Kzin Wars is a series of military science fiction short story collections (and is the name of the first collection), as well as the eponymous conflicts between mankind and the Kzinti that they detail. They are set in Larry Niven's Known Space universe; however, Niven himself has only written a small number of the stories.

All of the cover art for the books in the series are drawn by Stephen Hickman.

Night Watch (Discworld)

Night Watch is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, the 29th book in his Discworld series, published in 2002. The protagonist of the novel is Sir Samuel Vimes, commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. A five-part radio adaptation of the novel was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Night Watch placed second in the annual Locus Poll for best fantasy novel.

Prometheus Award

The Prometheus Award is an award for libertarian science fiction novels given annually by the Libertarian Futurist Society, which also publishes the quarterly journal Prometheus. L. Neil Smith established the award in 1979, but it was not awarded regularly until the newly founded Libertarian Futurist Society revived it in 1982. The Society created a Hall of Fame Award (for classic works of libertarian science fiction, not necessarily novels) in 1983, and also presents occasional one-off awards.

Psychohistorical Crisis

Psychohistorical Crisis is a science fiction novel by Donald Kingsbury, published by Tor Books in 2001. An expansion of his 1995 novella "Historical Crisis", it is a re-imagining of the world of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, set after the establishment of the Second Empire. The book is neither officially authorized by Asimov's estate (as they had previously done with the Second Foundation Trilogy), nor is it intended to be recognized as part of his continuity.

Psychohistorical Crisis was the 2002 winner of the Prometheus Award.

Robert Cornog

Robert Alden Cornog (July 7, 1912 – July 17, 1998), was a physicist and engineer who helped develop the atomic bomb and missile systems from the Snark to the Minuteman.

A native of Portland, Oregon, who grew up in Iowa City, Cornog earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Iowa. After working for the United States Bureau of Reclamation on the Boulder Dam design, he studied at UC Berkeley for his doctorate in physics.

His graduate student research led to the co-discovery, with Luis Alvarez, of hydrogen and helium of atomic mass 3 (tritium and helium-3). He also assisted Emilio Segrè in the discovery of element 85, astatine.During World War II, Cornog designed magnetic equipment for ships and went to work on the Manhattan Project, successively at UC Berkeley, Princeton University and in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Cornog became chief engineer of the ordnance division of the atomic bomb development team and was involved in the development of the bomb's trigger mechanism.In the 1950s, he focused on aerodynamics, nuclear energy and rocket engineering, working on missile systems for several Southern California companies, including Northrop, Space Technology Laboratories and Ramo-Wooldridge Corporation, which became TRW. Also an expert on vacuum technology, Cornog headed Vacuum Enterprises from 1967 to 1974 and managed product development for Torr Vacuum Products until 1984. He held several patents and served as a technical advisor on the film Fat Man and Little Boy, about the atomic bomb.

Envisioning peaceful uses for nuclear and space technology, Cornog in 1959 foresaw a world in 40 to 50 years with worldwide color television broadcasts, satellites assembled in space and accurate weather prediction.

Cornog was a close associate of rocket pioneer and occultist Jack Parsons. Science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein, a friend, dedicated his novel Stranger in a Strange Land to Cornog. Donald Kingsbury dedicated his novel The Moon Goddess and the Son to several people including "Robert Cornog for discussing the economics of the leoport."

Singularity's Ring

Singularity's Ring is the debut science fiction book by Paul Melko. The novel was published on February 5, 2008 by Tor Books.

The Moon Goddess and the Son

The Moon Goddess and the Son is a science fiction novel by American writer Donald Kingsbury, expanded from a novella originally published in the December 1979 issue of Analog magazine.

The Moon Goddess and the Son was a nominee for the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1980.

Along with the novella, Kingsbury and Roger Arnold published a nonfiction article describing the technologies used in the story for achieving cheap access to Low Earth orbit and beyond.

The Space Opera Renaissance

The Space Opera Renaissance is an anthology of short science fiction that fits the definition of space opera: adventure stories of grand vision, where the majority of the action happens somewhere other than Earth. Meant to be an overview from the pulp fiction era to modern times, it is chronologically-organized and very thick (944 pages) but lacks representation by noted pioneers of the genre such as E. E. "Doc" Smith, Jack Vance and Alfred Bester, focusing more on the next wave. It was edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. A hardcover edition was published by Tor Books in July 2006 and a trade paperback edition in July 2007.

Timescape Books

Timescape Books was a science fiction line from Pocket Books operating from 1981 to 1985. Pocket Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster

It was named after the Gregory Benford novel Timescape, which was not published by the Timescape imprint. The imprint was founded by David G. Hartwell. It published both original hardcover and reprinted mass market paperback novels. Many of the imprint's titles were nominees or winners of Hugo and Nebula awards, along with other major SF awards. It published more than 30 original hardcover works and over 100 paperback titles, but the imprint was not financially successful enough for the parent company at the time, as it was not producing major bestsellers.

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