Hal Clement

(1922 — October 29, 2003)

Fan, author, and artist, his real name was Harry Stubbs. He received the SFWA Grandmaster Award and is best known for his classic hard SF novel Mission of Gravity. He began publishing while an astronomy student at Harvard with the story “Proof,” and went on to publish numerous hard science fiction novels and stories.

He was active in fandom in the Boston area and was a member of the Stranger Club. He adopted his Hal Clement pen name to hide the fact that he was writing and selling SF from his professors at Harvard, particularly Robert S. Richardson — who published SF under the pen name Philip Latham to hide the fact that he was doing it.

Clement was founding member of NESFA, a Fellow of NESFA, and the only two-time winner of the Skylark Award. He was a regular at conventions around the country, and always sought-after for the program. He received the 1946 Best Short Story Retro Hugo for "Uncommon Sense." When not writing science fiction, Clement taught high school science at Milton Academy.

He was fascinated by both science and science fiction, and many of his stories show an attention to scientific detail along with storytelling. He was also an astronomical artist, painting under the name of George Richard and focused on realistic depictions of astronomical objects.

When he was Treasurer of the 1971 Worldcon, Noreascon, his novel Starlight received a nomination for the 1971 Best Novel Hugo. He attempted to decline the nomination so as to be able to continue as Treasurer. (His friends would not let him do it.)

He is the only winner of the WSFS Trifecta: He was Worldcon GoH at Chicon V, Worldcon FGoH at Noreascon 3 as a member of the Stranger Club, and NASFIC GoH at CactusCon.

Other GoHships:

Awards and Honors:

In his honor, DucKon gives out an annual Hal Clement Award for Young Adult SF and NESFA sponsors an annual Hal Clement Science Speaker at Boskone.

Read Hal Clement's reminiscence of Aussiecon Two and his reminiscence of the Stranger Club

For more on his career, see http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/clement_hal