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Lloyd Biggle, Jr.

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Lloyd Biggle, Jr.

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Full Name: Lloyd Biggle
Born: April 17, 1923
Waterloo, Iowa, USA
Died: September 12, 2002
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Occupation: Writer, Editor
Nationality: American


Biggle was born in 1923 in Waterloo, Iowa. He served in World War II as a communications sergeant in a rifle company of the 102nd Infantry Division; during the war, he was wounded twice. His second wound, a shrapnel wound in his leg received near the Elbe River at the end of the war, left him disabled for life.

After the war, Biggle resumed his education. He received an A.B. Degree with High Distinction from Wayne State University and M.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. Biggle taught at the University of Michigan and at Eastern Michigan University in the 1950s. He began writing professionally in 1955 and became a full-time writer with the publication of his novel, All the Colors of Darkness in 1963; he continued in the writing profession until his death.

Both Biggle's science fiction and mystery stories have received international acclaim being nominated for the 1962 Hugo for short fiction, and also nominated for the Locus Readers awards in 1972, 1973, and 1974. He was celebrated in science fiction circles as the author who introduced aesthetics into a literature known for its scientific and technological complications. His stories frequently used musical and artistic themes. Such notables as songwriter Jimmy Webb and novelist Orson Scott Card have written of the tremendous effect that his early story, "The Tunesmith", had on them in their youth. Among Biggle's enduring science fiction creations were the Interplanetary Relations Bureau and the Cultural Survey, both featured in novels and magazine stories.

Works in the WWEnd Database

 Non Series Works


 Alien Island

 2. (1985)

 Interplanetary Relations Bureau

 1. (1968)
 2. (1971)

 Jan Darzek

 1. (1963)
 2. (1966)
 3. (1975)
 4. (1977)
 5. (1979)

 Nebula Awards

 7. (1972)

 Tor Double

 27. (1990)