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Mark Clifton (1906—1963) was an American science fiction writer. About half of his work falls into two series: the "Bossy" series, about a computer with artificial intelligence, was written either alone or in collaboration with Alex Apostolides or Frank Riley; and the "Ralph Kennedy" series, which is more comical, and was written mostly solo, including the novel When They Come From Space, although there was one collaboration with Apostolides. Clifton gained his greatest success with his novel They'd Rather Be Right (a.k.a. The Forever Machine), co-written with Riley, which was serialized in Astounding during 1954, and which was awarded the Hugo Award, perhaps the most contentious novel ever to win the award. Clifton began publishing during May 1952 with the widely anthologized story "What Have I Done?".

Clifton's other most popular short story is "Star Bright," the first of three appearances in Horace Gold's Galaxy (July 1952), about a super-intelligent toddler with psi abilities. From Clifton's correspondence we know that Gold "editorially savaged" the story, which appeared in severely truncated or altered form. The story has been compared favorably to Kuttner and Moore's "Mimsy Were the Borogoves," which was published in Astounding magazine nine years earlier.

Clifton worked for many years as a personnel manager and interviewed "over 200,000" people according to a personal letter he wrote to Judith Merril, quoted in The Science Fiction of Mark Clifton. This experience formed much of Clifton's attitude about the delusions people have of themselves, but also the greatness of which they are capable.

Barry N. Malzberg wrote in The Science Fiction of Mark Clifton that "Clifton was an innovator in the early 1950s and such an impressive innovator that his approach has become standard among science fiction writers. He used the common themes of science fiction -- alien invasion, expanding technology, revolution against political theocracy, and space colonization -- but unlike any writer before him, he imposed upon these standard themes the full range of sophisticated psychological insight."

Clifton's fame ebbed quickly, and he received the 2010 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award for unjust obscurity.

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Total Books: 16
Reclaiming Glory Creating a Gospel Legacy throughout North America
Reclaiming Glory Revitalizing Dying Churches
2016 - Reclaiming Glory Revitalizing Dying Churches (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781633898868
ISBN-10: 1633898865
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Christian Books & Bibles
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Science Fiction Gems Volume 9 Ben Bova and others
2015 - Science Fiction Gems Volume 9 Ben Bova and Others (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781612872681
ISBN-10: 1612872689
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Universe Science Fiction June 1953
2013 - Universe Science Fiction June 1953 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781936720644
ISBN-10: 1936720647
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Secret of Marracott Deep  Pawn of the Black Fleet
Sense from Thought Divide
2008 - Sense From Thought Divide (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781437858075
ISBN-10: 1437858074
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Eight Keys to Eden
2008 - Eight Keys to Eden (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781434473882
ISBN-10: 1434473880
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Eight Keys to Eden
2008 - Eight Keys to Eden (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781434473899
ISBN-10: 1434473899
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The Forever Machine
1992 - The Forever Machine (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780881848427
ISBN-10: 0881848425
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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They'd Rather Be Right
1982 - They'd Rather Be Right [Starblaze Editions] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780898651652
ISBN-10: 0898651654
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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The Science Fiction of Mark Clifton
1980 - The Science Fiction of Mark Clifton [Alternatives] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780809309856
ISBN-10: 0809309858
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Eight keys to Eden
Eight Keys to Eden [Starblaze editions] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780898652581
ISBN-10: 0898652588
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IF Worlds of Science Fiction July 1953
If Worlds of Science Fiction July 1953 [Volume 2, No. 3] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781415653074
ISBN-10: 1415653070
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Worlds of IF Worlds of Science Fiction June 1958 Clarke's SONGS OF DISTANT EARTH
Worlds of If Worlds of Science Fiction June 1958 Clarke's Songs of Distant Earth [Volume 8, No. 4] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781415658062
ISBN-10: 1415658064
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Amazing Stories January 1962 Featuring Ben Bova's Towers of Titan
Amazing Stories January 1962 Featuring Ben Bova's Towers of Titan [Volume 36, No. 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781773462011
ISBN-10: 1773462016
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Amazing Stories February 1962
Amazing Stories February 1962 [Volume 36, No. 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781773462028
ISBN-10: 1773462024
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