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Jul 30, 2006
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Sylvia Engdahl
About My Library

Some years ago I finished entering the books I planned to catalog. I've bought only ebooks since, as print is very hard on my eyes; but I never got around to cataloging many of those. In 2017 I became physically disabled and had to move to a care facility; all my physical books were donated to the Friends of the Library at that time. I still read ebooks but I am no longer active at this site.

I do actively maintain my own website, which contains many of my essays as well as detailed information about my novels. I hope readers interested in my work will visit it.

About Me

I'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 published five adult science fiction novels, Stewards of the Flame, Promise of the Flame, Defender of the Flame, Herald of the Flame and Envoy 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 hardcover edition (although its 2018 paperback and ebook editions were updated to remove gender-specific language). The Far Side of Evil and Journey Between Worlds 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.)

In 2012 I reissued an updated edition of my nonfiction book The Planet-Girded Suns, most recently subtitled Our Forebears' Firm Belief in Inhabited Exoplanets. 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.

In 2019-2020 I issued three volumes of my essays: Reflections on Enchantress from the Stars and Other Essays, From This Grren Earth: Essays on Looking Outward, and The Future of Being Human and Other Essays. They are available only as ebooks and are free at all retailers (though Amazon sometimes charges 99 cents without my consent). There is a short paperback sampler of essays from them, Selected Essays on Enchantress from the Stars and More.

For for some years I worked 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 didn't write them; I merely chose material on the assigned topics and wrote the introductions. (The purpose of these books was 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, 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.

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