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Stephen King described Jack McDevitt as “the logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur Clarke”. He has won a Nebula, and the Campbell, Philip Dick, Heinlein and NASA awards. The IAU put his name on an asteroid.
I’d never seen Arthur Parsons as happy as he’d been when NASA launched the Ava Maxwell. Arthur was the director at the Mauna Kea Observatory. He’d won a few awards and was a leading cosmologist. I have to admit I’m not entirely sure what that means, but it was the way he was routinely introduced when he arrived at speaking engagements or for television interviews on the science channel. He was a couple of years from retirement, but he wasn’t planning to walk away quietly.