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Ben Bova papers


Held at: Temple University Libraries Special Collections Research Center [Contact Us]1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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Ben Bova was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University in 1954. Bova has edited several journals including Analog (1971-1978), and served as editorial director and vice president of Omni (1978-1982). Bova has published over forty books, including both fiction and non-fiction, as well as editing nine others.

The papers of this prominent American science fiction writer includes numerous manuscripts for short stories, novels, and articles published in Amazing Stories and Analog. Included in the collection are drafts and galley proofs for Exiled From Earth, As On A Darkling Plain, and When The Sky Burned. There are copyedited manuscripts and galley proofs for many other works, including Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury, Rock Rats, The Precipice, Silent War, Powersat, and Tales of the Grand Tour. Also included in the collection is extensive personal and professional correspondence concerning publishing and the organizational business of professional associations such as Science Fiction Writers of America, especially concerning the Nebula Awards. Prominent correspondents include James Gunn, Tom Purdom, Pamela Sargent, and T.E. Dikty of Shasta Publications. The collection also includes newspaper clippings, photographs, conference memorabilia, letters from fans, and miscellaneous financial records.

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