(1926 – 1986)
Thomas Nicholas Scortia was a SF author.
He worked in the American aerospace industry until the early 1970s.
He is probably best known for the several books about man-made disasters he wrote with fellow SF author Frank M. Robinson: Blowout (1987), The Gold Crew (1980), The Nightmare Factor (1978), The Prometheus Crisis (1975), and The Glass Inferno (1974). The Glass Inferno was the inspiration for the 1974 film The Towering Inferno. Scortia also collaborated with Dalton Trumbo on the novel The Endangered Species.
Scortia sometimes used the pseudonyms Scott Nichols, Gerald MacDow, and Arthur R. Kurtz.