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About meI'm the author of six science fiction novels for teens that are also enjoyed by many adults, all first published by Atheneum in the 1970s and reissued in new hardcover editions (plus paperback editions) by different publishers in the 21st century. In addition I have recently published four adult science fiction novels,Stewards of the Flame, Promise of the Flame, Defender of the FLame and Herald of the Flame. If you're not a science fiction fan, don't let that put you off -- people who don't read other science fiction often tell me they like mine.

My Newbery Honor book Enchantress from the Stars is the only one that was not updated in its new edition. The Far Side of Evil and Journey Between Worlds both have had significant updating, and today's readers should not read the old editions of those two! (For more information, see my website, which also has detailed FAQs about all my novels.)

The trilogy Children of the Star consists of the three novels This Star Shall Abide (aka Heritage of the Star), Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains, and The Doors of the Universe, originally published separately but now available only in omnibus form since it's all one long story. Though it was written for readers of high school age, the new edition, published by Meisha Merlin in 2000, was issued as adult science fiction. (All copies of that edition are now gone, and a new edition with identical text is available.)

I have recently reissued an updated edition of my nonfiction book The Planet-Girded Suns, now re-subtitled The History of Human Thought About Extrasolar Worlds. Though the original edition was published as a Young Adult book, it wasn't meant for readers below high school age and the new edition has formal source citations and some additional material, so it has been issued as adult nonfiction.

For the past few years I have been working as a freelance editor of nonfiction anthologies for high schools, thus most of the nonfiction books listed under my name are those I've edited. I don't write them; I merely choose material on the assigned topics and write the introductions. (The purpose of these books is to present a variety of views on controversial issues impartially, so they do not reveal my personal opinions.)

My main interest, apart from writing books and the editing work I do for a living, is the vital importance of space colonization, which I believe is necessary to the long-term survival of humankind. I write about that at my website, and I also created the page Space Quotes to Ponder which contains over a hundred quotations from well-known people and a few other writers (mostly from books) about why expansion of our civilization into space is essential.

About my libraryI've finished entering the books I plan to catalog (besides these, there are a few -- mostly paperbacks -- that I won't be keeping much longer so won't list). With very few exceptions I buy only ebooks now, as print is very hard on my eyes; but I haven't gotten around to cataloging many of those.

As I look at other people's catalogs, I see many books I once owned but decided I'd be unlikely to need again. As I'm now in my 70s I am gradually weeding my library, keeping only books I may someday really have time to read or reread, or may need to refer to, or may use for research in connection with future writing. All the UFO-related books and some of those on the paranormal come in the latter category -- for many years I have been collecting material for a nonfiction book on the mythology of the Space Age. Other topics I may write more about someday include the fallacies in our society's medical philosophy and the potential powers of the human mind.

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Real nameSylvia Engdahl

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