HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Author photo. Dr. Leon Stover in his library at IIT, Chicago

Dr. Leon Stover in his library at IIT, Chicago

Leon E. Stover (1929–2006)

Author of Apeman, Spaceman

Includes the names: Leon Stover, Leon Stover (Editor)

MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
189 (274)469,325 (3.74)00

Top members (works)

Member favorites

Members: None

Add to favorites
No events listed. (add an event)
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Gender
Nationality
Country (for map)
Birthplace
Place of death
Places of residence
Education
Occupations
Relationships
Organizations
Awards and honors
Agents
Short biography
DR. LEON EUGENE STOVER
by William F. Drish.

Dr. Leon Eugene Stover, Ph.D., Litt.D., was the author of 23 books in varied categories, including Anthropology, History, Fiction, and Criticism. His major works include Cultural Ecology of Chinese Civilization, China: An Anthropological Perspective (with Takeko K. Stover), Imperial China and the State Cult of Confucius, Science Fiction from Wells to Heinlein, Stonehenge City: A Reconstruction, Stonehenge: Where Atlantis Died (a novel with Harry Harrison), and the massive eight-volume explication of H. G. Wells’ scientific romances as vehicles for expounding Wells’ brand of Saint-Simonian socialism, The Annotated H. G. Wells. His last book, Volume 9: Things To Come, was published by McFarland.

Even though he and Wells would have differed radically on politics, Dr. Stover shared with Wells what might be called “Cosmic Vision,” a view of humanity in the context of vast reaches of space and eons of time.
As a young child, he lived with his grandfather, Lucias Erastus Stover (“The Baron”), in Millheim, Pennsylvania in a large colonial-era stone mansion not far from his grandfather’s bank and block-long construction supply warehouse. Descended from Frederick the Great, and a cousin of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s, he was an extraordinarily brilliant child, and therefore a solitary child. At an early age, he discovered the scientific romances of H. G. Wells, which awakened in him a “sense of wonder”, and it became one of his life-long pursuits to explicate to himself the ramifications of these fascinating novels that took the long view, the cosmic evolutionary view that could be summed up in one short question: Whither Mankind? The nine-volume The Annotated H. G. Wells was the result, and members of the H. G. Wells Society in London referred to Dr. Stover’s view of Wells as Stoverism.
Dr. Stover knew all the legendary figures in modern science fiction: John W. Campbell, Robert A. Heinlein, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, and Brian Aldiss, to mention a few. His closest and oldest friend was world-famous science fiction author Harry Harrison, who co-authored with Dr. Stover the novel Stonehenge: Where Atlantis Died, and who was co-editor with Dr. Stover for the famous anthropological science fiction anthology Apeman, Spaceman. In addition, Dr. Stover was science editor for Amazing Science Fiction Magazine in the early 60s.
Disambiguation notice

Member ratings

Average: (3.74)
0.5
1
1.5 1
2 3
2.5 1
3 5
3.5 2
4 8
4.5 1
5 8

Author pictures (6)

    

(see all 6 author pictures)

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Leon E. Stover is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.

Includes

Leon E. Stover is composed of 3 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…

 

You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 116,225,449 books! | Top bar: Always visible