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Murray Leinster: The Life and Works Paperback – July 22, 2011
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This book, written by two of his daughters, is truly a labor of love. Like the man himself, it is an unassuming, straight-forward look at both his private life and his writings, mainly in Science Fiction, although he wrote for many genres. The book chronicles his life as a young man, his early efforts as a writer, his love of learning and "tinkering" and his 46-year marriage to his beloved wife, Mary and their extended family. Each decade is given its own chapter, with summaries of Will's personal and professional life. There is also a nice selection of warm and appreciative comments by other authors, many of whom were just starting their careers as Will's was coming to a close. The appendices include a complete short-story, "A Logic Named Joe", which is generally regarded as the first fictional account of home computers and the Internet (published in 1946) and a non-fiction piece on building a "robot brain". There is also a thorough bibliography at the end of the book.
All in all, this is a loving look back at the life and writings of a Science Fiction author who, according to a fellow author, may have provided more hours of reading pleasure than any other writer.
K. L. Scott