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Daniel F Galouye, Winner of the 2007 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award

Daniel F GalouyeDaniel F. Galouye was the 2007 choice for the annual Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award awarded at Readercon each year. The award is "designed to focus new light on an important science fiction or fantasy writer whose major work has in recent years fallen into undeserved obscurity," to quote Robert Silverberg at the first award presentation.

This year, we welcome a new panel of judges: Martin H. Greenberg, Barry Malzberg, Mike Resnick, and Gordon Van Gelder. They were chosen by the outgoing panel, who were John Clute, Gardner Dozois, Scott Edelman, and Robert Silverberg. Many thanks to our original four judges and welcome to the new ones.

So... what about Daniel F. Galouye? Born in 1920, he was just a little younger than Paul Linebarger. And like my father, he died in his 50s... in 1976. he had been a Navy pilot during World War II and his early death was related to head injuries from the war.

Galouye lived in New Orleans, and worked for many years for the New Orleans States-Item as an editor.  He wrote for GALAXY and FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION in the 1950s and 1960s. His best-known science fiction novels:

  • The 1961 Dark Universe was nominated for a Hugo in that year and only narrowly lost the award to Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land.
  • The 1964 Simulacron-3, which was the basis of the film The Thirteenth Floor. I saw a comment in my websurfing that this novel also had an effect on The Matrix. (This novel was also known as Counterfeit World, but my research didn't clarify when or where.)

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