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(1931 - 1996) British science fiction author, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Educated in Belfast at a technical school, Shaw worked as a structural engineer then moved into airplane design. Eventually, he tried his hand at industrial PR and journalism. Bob left Ireland and moved about the world a bit, finally settling down in England in 1973. His Irish wit never failed him even when, in his last decade, luck did...and the death of his wife brought on a bout with 'Nancy Whiskey' while cancer came to call. Shaw's health was conditional for the rest of his life.

One of those writers who rose from the ranks of active fandom, where one learns to fight and write or write and fight. Bob was never able to shake himself free of the hassle and maintained a fannish link to conventions and fanzines throughout his life. The urge to contribute sort of sneaks up on you and Shaw was 36 years old when his first SF novel, Night Walk, was published in 1967. He had announced himself as the latest arrival on the pro scene by a short work, "Light of Other Days," in Analog the year before.

Once Shaw found his writing form, he managed to write and have published (there's the trick) a novel every year for the rest of his life. Possibly his most noted novel was Other Days, Other Eyes which created 'slow glass' and a means to view the past.



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