Saturday, April 4, 2009

Meandering with Tweel . . .

Today is the birthday of Stanley Grauman Weinbaum (April 4, 1902 - December 14, 1935), author. He is best known for his short story A Martian Odyssey and the alien character Tweel.

A Martian Odyssey, has been influencing Science Fiction since it was first published in 1934. The story presented Tweel, a sympathetic but definitely non-human alien. Stanley G. Weinbaum is considered the first writer to contrive an alien who thought as well as a human, but not like a human.

Stanley G. Weinbaum's first published story in 1934, A Martian Odyssey, changed science fiction forever. He died of throat cancer 15 months later, in 1935. He continued to exert influence on the field after his death, since works he had written but not published, were made available to the public after he died.

Robert Bloch: "In an era of rising racial, religious and nationalistic discord soon to culminate in a global war, Weinbaum somehow found the courage and creativity to present --- without plea or preachment --- the case for brotherhood. And not just the brotherhood of man, but the kinship common to all living things." direct quote source (1)

Trivia bit: A crater on Mars is named in his honor.

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