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Bob Shaw

Robert "Bob" Shaw was a science fiction writer and fan from Northern Ireland, noted for his originality and wit. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 1979 and 1980, his short story "Light of Other Days" was a Hugo Award nominee in 1967, as was his novel The Ragged Astronauts in 1987. Shaw was raised in Belfast, the eldest of three sons of a policeman, he learned of science fiction at about 11 years old when he read an A. E. van Vogt short story in an early edition of Astounding Science-Fiction magazine. During the Second World War American troops passed through Northern Ireland and left their used SF magazines behind at Smithfield Market, where they were available for locals, he described the experience as being more significant and long-lasting than taking LSD. He attended Belfast College of Technology. In 1950 he joined the group Irish Fandom, which included another Northern Irish science fiction writer James White, met at the house of Walt Willis on Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast; the group was influential in the early history of science fiction fandom and produced fanzines Hyphen and Slant, to both of which Shaw contributed material.

Shaw acquired the nickname "BoSh" during this period. His first professional science fiction short story was published in 1954, followed by several others, he gave up writing and went with his first wife Sadie and their son and two daughters to live in Canada from 1956 to 1958. His novel Vertigo is set in Alberta, Orbitsville's limitless grasslands may have been influenced by this period in his life. Trained as a structural engineer, he worked as an aircraft designer for Short and Harland as science correspondent to The Belfast Telegraph from 1966–1969, as publicity officer for Vickers Shipbuilding, before starting to write full-time. In April 1973, during the Troubles and his family moved from Northern Ireland to England, where he produced the majority of his work: first to Ulverston to Grappenhall in Warrington. Sadie died in 1991 and Shaw lived alone there for some years. Shaw had nearly lost his sight through illness, suffered migraine-induced visual disturbances throughout his life. These, references to eyes and vision, appear as a theme in some of his works.

He was known as a drinker, at one stage considered himself an alcoholic. He was quoted in 1991 as saying: "I write science fiction for people who don't read a great deal of science fiction." He married American Nancy Tucker in 1995 and went to the US to live with her returned to England in the last months of his life. Shaw died of cancer on 11 February 1996. Shaw is the author of "Light of Other Days", the story that introduced the concept of slow glass, through which the past can be seen. Shaw sold this story to Analog editor John W. Campbell, who liked it so much Shaw wrote a sequel for him, "Burden of Proof", in May 1967; the original story was after years of planning. Shaw expanded on the concept in the novel Other Days, Other Eyes, the concept was adopted by the Marvel Comics/Curtis Magazines anthology magazine Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction, his work ranged from mimetic stories with fantastic elements far in the background to van Vogtian extravaganzas. Orbitsville and its two sequels deal with the discovery of a habitable shell surrounding a star, the consequences for humanity.

It won him the 1976 British SF Association Award. In his career he wrote the Land trilogy, set on a system of worlds where technology has evolved with no metals. Like Philip K. Dick he continually focused on the nature of perception in his work. Shaw was known in the fan community for his wit. Following his early membership of Irish Fandom, with Walt Willis, James White, he always remained a keen reader of and contributor to fanzines, and for many years, at the British science fiction convention Eastercon, he would deliver a humorous speech. For these he won the 1980 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer, he wrote The Enchanted Duplicator with Walt Willis in 1954, a piece of fiction about science fiction fandom modelled on John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. Night Walk. Banner; the Two-Timers. New York: Ace Books; the Palace of Eternity. New York: Ace Pub. Corp; the Shadow of Heaven. New York: Avon. One Million Tomorrows. New York: Ace books. Ground Zero Man. New York: Avon Books. – revised edition published as The Peace Machine.

London: Gollancz. Other Days, Other Eyes. New York: Ace Books. Tomorrow Lies in Ambush. London: Gollancz. – collection. The Orbitsville trilogy Orbitsville. London: Gollancz. Orbitsville Departure. New York: Daw Books. Orbitsville Judgement. London: Gollancz. A Wreath of Stars. London: Gollancz. Cosmic Kaleidoscope. London: Gollancz. – collection. Cosmic Kaleidoscope. New York: Doubleday – collection. Medusa's Children. New York: Doubleday; the Warren Peace saga Who Goes Here?. London: Gollancz. – reissued in 1988 with a short story The Giaconda Caper. Warren Peace. London: Gollancz. – reissued in 1994 as Dimensions Ship of Strangers. London: Gollancz – collection. Vertigo. London: Gollancz. Reissued in 1991 as Terminal Velocity by the same publisher. Dagger of the Mind. Londo

Blake Burdette

Blake Burdette is a rugby coach and former American rugby union hooker or prop. He was a member of the United States national rugby union team and made his international debut in 2006 against Uruguay. Burdette played for the USA Eagles in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, he has returned to playing professionally with Utah Warriors having come out of retirement aged 39, 12 years after previous professional rugby playing experience. In 2002, Burdette played as a University of Utah football walk-on. In his senior year, Burdette was nicknamed the'Utah Man' on the campus' football team. Burdette played every game in the 2004 season for the Utah Utes football team, played for the Utes as an 4x All-American rugby player, before dedicating his time to playing professional rugby in England, his England rugby career lasted only one season due to injury. In 2007, Burdette joined the Utah Utes rugby team as assistant coach, taking over as head coach in 2009, but resigned after the team was suspended for misuse of branding.

In 2015, Burdette was hired as head coach of The Pennsylvania State University's Men's Rugby Team. Burdette is the first full-time, university employed head coach in the history of PSU Rugby

Reggae Gold 1998

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