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Raymond Zinke Gallun is considered one of the three most influential pulp science fiction writers of all time. He was the author of more than 100 short stories and seven full-length books. Ray was the first author to depict 'aliens' as friendly, sentient beings. This plot twist allowed the sci-fi writer to 'explore' space rather than be limited to defending earth from attack. He created for the first time, staples that are commonly used in the genre today, i.e.. 'nanotechnology.' In later years, Ray received many awards for his contributions, among them, the "Fandom Man of the Year Award" and the "Icon Lifetime Achievement Award,"
later named "The Raymond Gallun Award."