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About Sylvia Engdahl

Sylvia Engdahl is the author of ten science fiction novels, six of which are Young Adult novels that are also enjoyed by adults. The one for which she is best known, Enchantress from the Stars, was a 1971 Newbery Honor book, winner of the 1990 Phoenix Award of the Children's Literature Association, and a finalist for the 2002 Book Sense Book of the Year in the Rediscovery category. Her four latest books -- the Hidden Flame duology and the Rising Flame duology -- are adult novels. She has also published an updated and expanded edition of her nonfiction book The Planet-Girded Suns: The Long History of Belief in Exoplanets. She is a strong advocate of space colonization and in addition to a widely-read space section of her website she created the site www.spacequotes.com, which contains quotations about why humankind must expand into space. From her home in Eugene, Oregon she has until recently worked as a freelance editor of nonfiction anthologies for high schools (most of the nonfiction books that appear in Amazon's catalog under her name are those edited by her in this capacity). For more information about her, see her FAQ page.

Awards and Honors
    Junior Literary Guild selection (Enchantress from the Stars), 1970

    ALA Notable Children's Books (Enchantress from the Stars), 1970

    Horn Book Fanfare (Enchantress from the Stars), 1971

    Newbery Honor Book (Enchantress from the Stars), 1971

    Christopher Award (This Star Shall Abide), 1973

    Phoenix Award (Enchantress from the Stars), 1990

    New York Public Library 100 Favorite Children's Books (Enchantress from the Stars), 1998

    Teen People Book Club selection (Enchantress from the Stars), 2001

    Book Sense Book of the Year finalist, Rediscovery category (Enchantress from the Stars ), 2002

    CBC Not Just For Children Anymore, Classics category (Enchantress from the Stars), 2002 and later

    CCBC Choices (Enchantress from the Stars), 2002

    ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (Enchantress from the Stars), 2004

    Geffen Award finalist, Best Translated YA Book (Enchantress from the Stars), 2008

    Independent Publishers (IPPY) Book Award, bronze (Stewards of the Flame), 2008




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Interviews
    Awesome Gang, October 25, 2015

    Reading SciFi, November 30, 2014

    Bookgoodies, November 18, 2014

    Fantastic Indie Authors, September 1, 2014

    Digital Book Today, February 10, 2014

    Wordpreneur, August 12, 2013

    The Gatekeeper's Post, July 26, 2011

    Pets and Their Authors, Dec. 7, 2009

    As the Pages Turn, October 27, 2009

    Character Interview: The Plot, October 20, 2009

    The Writer's Life, October 13, 2009

    The Story Behind the Book, October 12, 2009

    90-minute radio interviews on The Space Show - October 26, 2003 and May 9, 2004

    SFFWorld, April 16, 2001




    Publications

    Young Adult Novels

    • Enchantress from the Stars. Hardcover: Atheneum, 1970, illustrated by Rodney Shackell; Junior Literary Guild (book club), 1970; Walker, 2001, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon.
      Paperback: Aladdin, 1972; Collier, 1989; Troll (book club), 1993; Scholastic (book club), 2002; Firebird, 2003.
      Foreign: Gollancz (UK, hc), 1974; Hayakawa (Japan, pb), 1981; Arena (Germany, hc), 2002; Diagonal del Grupo 62 (Spain, Castilian, hc), 2002; Editorial Empuries (Spain, Catalan, hc), 2002; Cite (Taiwan, pb), 2003; Circulo de Leitores (Portugal, hc), 2003; Tammi (Finland, hc), 2003; CBT (Germany, pb), 2006; Yanshuf (Israel, hc), 2007; BIR (Korea, pb), 2008; Pearl Publishing (Thailand), forthcoming.
      Ebook (PDF format only). Walker, 2002.
      Audiobook: Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda. Recorded Books, cassette, CD and download, 2006.

    • Journey Between Worlds. Hardcover: Atheneum, 1970, illustrated by James and Ruth McCrea; G. P. Putnam's Sons (updated edition), 2006, jacket by Craig Phillips.
      Paperback: Firebird, 2007; SRA/McGraw Hill (book club), 2008.
      Ebook: Kindle and EPUB, Firebird, 2009.

    • The Far Side of Evil. Hardcover: Atheneum, 1971, illustrated by Richard Cuffari; Walker (updated edition), 2003, illustrated by Jody Hewgill.
      Paperback: Aladdin, 1973; Collier, 1989; Firebird, 2005.
      Foreign: Gollancz (UK, hc), 1975; BIR (Korea), forthcoming; Pearl Publishing (Thailand), forthcoming.
      Ebook: Kindle, MOBI, EPUB, and PDF, Ad Stellae Books, 2011.

    • This Star Shall Abide. Hardcover: Atheneum, 1972, illustrated by Richard Cuffari; Meisha Merlin (updated, in Children of the Star), 2000.
      Softcover: Aladdin, 1979; Meisha Merlin (updated), in Children of the Star, 2000; Ad Stellae Books, (alone) 2010; and in Children of the Star, 2012.
      Foreign: Gollancz (UK, hc, as Heritage of the Star), 1973; Puffin (UK, pb, as Heritage of the Star), 1976.
      Ebook: Kindle and MOBI formats, 2008-2010; EPUB and PDF, Ad Stellae Books, 2010.
      Audiobook: Narrated by Robert Wallace. ACX, download only, 2013.

    • Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains. Hardcover: Atheneum, 1973, illustrated by Richard Cuffari.
      Softcover: Meisha Merlin (updated), in Children of the Star, 2000; Ad Stellae Books, in Children of the Star, 2012.
      Ebook: Kindle and MOBI formats, 2008-2010; EPUB and PDF, Ad Stellae Books, 2010.

    • The Doors of the Universe. Hardcover: Atheneum, 1981. Meisha Merlin (updated, in Children of the Star), 2000.
      Softcover: Meisha Merlin (updated), in Children of the Star, 2000; Ad Stellae Nooks, in Children of the Star, 2012.
      Ebook: Kindle and MOBI formats, 2008-2010; EPUB and PDF, Ad Stellae Books, 2010.

    Adult Novels

    • Children of the Star. (Omnibus edition of above trilogy, separate volumes originally published for young adults.)
      Softcover and limited print-to-order hardcover: Meisha Merlin, 2000, cover art by Tom Kidd; Ad Stellae Books, 2012.
      Ebook: Kindle, Ad Stellae Books, 2013.

    • Stewards of the Flame. (Hidden Flame Duology Book One; not appropriate for middle-school readers.)
      Softcover: BookSurge, 2007; Ad Stellae Books, 2009.
      Ebook: Kindle and MOBI, 2008-2010; EPUB and PDF, Ad Stellae Books, 2010.

    • Promise of the Flame. (Hidden Flame Duology Book Two; not appropriate for middle-school readers.)
      Softcover: Ad Stellae Books, 2009.
      Ebook: Kindle and MOBI, 2009-2010; EPUB and PDF, Ad Stellae Books, 2010.

    • Defender of the Flame. (Rising Flame Duology Book One; not appropriate for middle-school readers.)
      Softcover: Ad Stellae Books, 2013.
      Ebook: Kindle, MOBI, EPUB and PDF, Ad Stellae Books, 2013.

    • Herald of the Flame. (Rising Flame Duology Book Two; not appropriate for middle-school readers.)
      Softcover: Ad Stellae Books, 2014.
      Ebook: Kindle, MOBI, EPUB and PDF, Ad Stellae Books, 2014.

    • The Hidden Flame. (Omnibus edition of Stewards of the Flame and Promise of the Flame.)
      Softcover: Ad Stellae Books, 2016 .
      Ebook: Kindle, Ad Stellae Books, 2015.

    • The Rising Flame. (Omnibus edition of Defender of the Flame and Herald of the Flame.)
      Softcover: Ad Stellae Books, 2016.
      Ebook: Kindle, MOBI, EPUB and PDF, Ad Stellae Books, 2015.

    Nonfiction Books

    • The Planet-Girded Suns: Man's View of Other Solar Systems. Hardcover: Atheneum, 1974, illustrated by Richard Cuffari.
      Softcover: Updated edition with subtitle The History of Human Thought About Extrasolar Worlds, Ad Stellae Books, 2012; with new subtitle The Long History of Belief in Exoplanets, 2016.
      Ebook: Kindle, MOBI, EPUB and PDF, Ad Stellae Books, 2012.

    • The Subnuclear Zoo: New Discoveries in High Energy Physics (with Rick Roberson). Hardcover: Atheneum, 1977.

    • Tool for Tomorrow: New Knowledge About Genes (with Rick Roberson). Hardcover: Atheneum, 1979.

    • Our World is Earth (picture book). Hardcover: Atheneum, 1979, illustrated by Don Sibley.

    Anthologies Edited

    • Universe Ahead: Stories of the Future (with Rick Roberson). Hardcover: Atheneum, 1975.

    • Anywhere, Anywhen: Stories of Tomorrow. Hardcover: Atheneum, 1976.
      Ebook: Kindle, MOBI, EPUB and PDF, Ad Stellae Books (expanded edition), 2011.

      The following anthologies of articles from various sources are textbooks sold to school and libraries, which I compiled to the publisher's specifications. The aim was to offer an unbiased presentation of both sides of controversial issues, so they do not reveal my own views on these subjects.

    • Extraterrestrial Life (Contemporary Issues Companion series). Hardcover & softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2005.

    • Genetic Engineering (Contemporary Issues Companion series). Hardcover & softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2006.

    • Cloning (Contemporary Issues Companion series). Hardcover & softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2006.

    • Euthanasia (Contemporary Issues Companion series). Hardcover & softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2006.

    • Artificial Intelligence (Contemporary Issues Companion series). Hardcover & softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2007.

    • Religious Liberty (Issues on Trial series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2007.

    • Free Speech (Issues on Trial series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2007.

    • Online Social Networking (Current Controversies series). Hardcover & softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2007.

    • Blogs (Current Controversies series). Hardcover & softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2008.

    • Domestic Wiretapping (Current Controversies series). Hardcover & softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2008.

    • Precription Drugs (Current Controversies series). Hardcover & softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2008.

    • Vaccines (Current Controversies series). Hardcover & softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2008.

    • Assisted Suicide (Current Controversies series). Hardcover & softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2008.

    • Medical Rights (Issues on Trial series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2008.

    • Amendment XIV: Equal Protection (Constitutional Amendments series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2009.

    • Right to Private Property (Issues on Trial series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2009.

    • War on Drugs (Issues on Trial series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2009.

    • Amendments XVIII and XXI: Prohibition and Repeal (Constitutional Amendments series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2009.

    • Amendment XXVI: Lowering the Voting Age (Constitutional Amendments series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2009.

    • Intellectual Property Rights (Issues on Trial series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2009.

    • Cybercrime (Issues on Trial series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2009.

    • Prisons (Current Controversies series). Hardcover & Softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2009.

    • Animal Welfare (Issues on Trial series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2010.

    • Mental Health (Issues on Trial series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2010.

    • Amendment XXV: Presidential Disability and Succession (Constitutional Amendments series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2010.

    • Meningitis (Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2010.

    • Fibromyalgia (Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2010.

    • War (Issues on Trial series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2010.

    • Forensic Technology (Current Controversies series). Hardcover & Softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2010.

    • The John F. Kennedy Assassination (Perspectives on Modern World History series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2010.

    • Taxation (Issues on Trial series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2010.

    • Welfare (Issues on Trial series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2011.

    • Sleep Disorders (Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2011.

    • The Elderly (Current Controversies series). Hardcover & Softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2011.

    • Patriotism (Current Controversies series). Hardcover & Softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2011.

    • Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Perspectives on Modern World History series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2011.

    • The Apollo 11 Moon Landing (Perspectives on Modern World History series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2011.

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2011.

    • Free Press (Teen Rights and Freedoms series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2011.

    • Alternative Therapies (Current Controversies series). Hardcover & Softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2012.

    • The Women's Liberation Movement (Perspectives on Modern World History series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2012.

    • Electronic Devices (Teen Rights and Freedoms series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2012.

    • Lou Gehrig's Disease (Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2012.

    • Espionage and Intelligence (Current Controversies series). Hardcover & Softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2012.

    • The Building of the Panama Canal (Perspectives on Modern World History series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2012.

    • Prohibition (Perspectives on Modern World History series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2012.

    • Dissociative Disorders (Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2012.

    • Neurodegenerative Disorders (Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2013.

    • Dementia (Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2013.

    • The Challenger Disaster (Perspectives on Modern World History series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2013.

    • The Bolshevik Revolution (Perspectives on Modern World History series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2013.

    • Internet Activism (Current Controversies series). Hardcover & Softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2013. .

    • Mobile Apps (Current Controversies series). Hardcover & Softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2014.

    • Military Families (Current Controversies series). Hardcover & Softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2014.

    • Prescription Drugs (revised) (Current Controversies series). Hardcover & Softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2014.

    • Driving (Teen Rights and Freedoms series). Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2014.

    • Obesity (Opposing Viewpoints series). Hardcover & Softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2014.

    • Scientific Research (Opposing Viewpoints series). Hardcover & Softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2015.

    • Energy Alternatives (Opposing Viewpoints series). Hardcover & Softcover: Greenhaven Press, 2015.

    Stories

    • "The Beckoning Trail (with Rick Roberson). In Universe Ahead, 1975 and Anywhere, Anywhen (expanded ebook edition), 2011.

    • "Timescape" (with Mildred Butler). In Anywhere, Anywhen, 1976 and Anywhere, Anywhen (expanded ebook edition), 2011.

    • "Tranquility" (written in 1957). In Anywhere, Anywhen (expanded ebook edition), 2011.

    Essays