Schmidt, Stanley

Born: 1944

Ohio Connection: Birth


Stanley Albert Schmidt was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Schmidt received his B.S. from the University of Cincinnati in 1966 and both an M.A. and Ph.D., from Case Western Reserve University in 1968 and 1969, respectively. From 1969 to 1978 he was the assistant professor of physics at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio. He also taught courses on astronomy, science fiction, and biology.

Schmidt’s literary career began in 1973 when he started publishing stories and novels in the science fiction magazine Analog. Schmidt’s novels include The Sins of the Fathers (serialized, 1973-74; Berkley Publishing, 1976), Newton and the Quasi-Apple (Doubleday, 1975), Lifeboat Earth (Berkley Publishing, 1981), and Tweedlioop (Tor Books, 1986). From 1978 to 2012 he served as the editor of Analog, taking over the position previously held by Ben Bova. In addition to his writing pursuits, Schmidt also composes and plays several instruments, practices photography, and speaks several different languages.

Hugo Award nomination for Best Novelette, World Science Fiction Society, 2001, for Generation Gap; Robert A. Heinlein Award, 2012. He was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor every year from 1980 through its final year in 2006. He was also nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Editor Short Form from its first year in 2007 through 2013. He won the Hugo for the first time in 2013. In 2013 he was awarded a Special Committee Award for his editorial work.