(May 23, 1921 – July 30, 1975)
In the late ’30s and early ’40s, he edited a fanzine, The Planeteer, was a member of the Futurians (and was one of those to be thrown out in 1945 according to the "X Document"), and attended one of the earliest conventions, the Second Eastern States Science Fiction Convention. He was a member of VAPA, book reviewer for Fantasy Times, critic for Sky Hook, and a member of the Science Fiction Advancement Association. After the War, he founded Vanguard Records with Robert Lowndes.
He was Worldcon GoH at Pittcon in 1960. He won the 1959 Best Novel Hugo for the novel-length version of A Case of Conscience, the 1954 Best Novelette Retro Hugo for "Earthman Come Home" and the 1954 Best Novella Retro Hugo for "A Case of Conscience". He was also nominated for the 1956 Best Short Story Hugo, 1970 Best Novella Hugo, and the 1951 Best Novelette Retro Hugo. He is credited with coining the term gas giant.
His criticism was collected and published by Advent as
- The Issue at Hand, by William Atheling, Jr. (1964)
- More Issues at Hand, by William Atheling, Jr. (1970)
- The Tale That Wags the God, by James Blish (1987)
Blish was born in New Jersey, lived in Milford, Pennsylvania, until the mid-1960s. In 1968, he emigrated to England, and lived in Oxford until his death in 1975. He is buried in Holywell Cemetery, Oxford, near the grave of Kenneth Grahame.
- Entry in the Science Fiction Encyclopedia
- GoH Speech video at Pittcon
- GoH Speech video at SCI-CON 70
- Official website
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1959 -- 1959 Best Novel Hugo for A Case of Conscience
- 1960 -- Pittcon
- 1967 -- Lunacon 10
- 1970 -- SCI-CON 70
- 2002 -- SF Hall of Fame
- 2004 -- 1954 Best Novelette Retro Hugo for "Earthman Come Home", 1954 Best Novella Retro Hugo for "A Case of Conscience"
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