Alan E. Nourse
Alan E. Nourse
Nourse c. 1963
|Born||Alan Edward Nourse|
August 11, 1928
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
|Died||July 19, 1992 (aged 63)|
Thorp, Washington, United States
|Pen name||Doctor X|
|Alma mater||Rutgers University|
University of Pennsylvania
|Spouse||Ann Morton (1952–?)|
Alan Edward Nourse (August 11, 1928 – July 19, 1992) was an American science fiction (SF) writer and physician. He wrote both juvenile and adult science fiction, as well as nonfiction works about medicine and science. His SF works sometimes focused on medicine and/or psionics.
Alan Nourse was born August 11, 1928, to Benjamin and Grace (Ogg) Nourse in Des Moines, Iowa. He attended high school in Long Island, New York. He served in the U.S. Navy after World War II. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1951 from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He married Ann Morton on June 11, 1952, in Linden, New Jersey. He received a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree in 1955 from the University of Pennsylvania. He served his one-year internship at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle and practiced medicine in North Bend, Washington, from 1958 to 1963 and also pursued his writing career.
He had helped pay for his medical education by writing science fiction for magazines. After retiring from medicine, he continued writing. His regular column in Good Housekeeping magazine earned him the nickname "Family Doctor".
His novel The Bladerunner lent its name to the Blade Runner movie, but no other aspects of its plot or characters, which were taken from Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. In the late 1970s an attempt to adapt The Bladerunner for the screen was made, with Beat Generation author William S. Burroughs commissioned to write a story treatment; no film was ever developed but the story treatment was later published as the novella Blade Runner (a movie).
He died on July 19, 1992, in Thorp, Washington.
Some confusion arose among science fiction readers who knew that Andre Norton used the pen name "Andrew North" at about the same time. They mistakenly assumed "Alan Nourse" to be another Norton pen name.
- "The Dark Door" (Galaxy, December 1953)
- "Brightside Crossing" (Galaxy, January 1956)
- "Problem" (Galaxy, October 1956)
- "Prime Difference" (Galaxy, June 1957)
- "Contamination Course" (If, February 1958)
- "Mirror, Mirror" (1967)
- "High Threshold" (published in the March 1951 issue of Astounding)
- "The Universe Between" (published in the September 1951 issue of Astounding)
- Trouble on Titan (1954)
- A Man Obsessed (1955)
- Rocket to Limbo (1957)
- Gold in the Sky (1958)
- Scavengers in Space (1958)
- The Invaders are Coming! (1959, with co-author J. A. Meyer)
- Star Surgeon (1959)
- Raiders from the Rings (1962)
- "The Universe Between" (1965, a fix-up of "High Threshold" and "The Universe Between" )
- The Mercy Men (1968, revised version of A Man Obsessed)
- The Bladerunner (1974)
- The Practice (1978)
- The Fourth Horseman (1983)
- Tiger by the Tail and Other Science Fiction Stories (1961)
- The Counterfeit Man (1963)
- Psi-High and Others (1967)
- Rx for Tomorrow (1971)
- Short Works of Alan Edward Nourse (2008, reprint of seven of the stories from The Counterfeit Man)
- So You Want to Be a Doctor (1957)
- Nine Planets (1960, revised edition 1970)
- So You Want to Be a Nurse (1961)
- The Body (Life Science Library) (1965, revised edition 1981)
- Intern (1965, under the pseudonym Doctor X)
- Universe, Earth and Atom: The Story of Physics (1969)
- Venus and Mercury: a First Book (1972)
- The Backyard Astronomer (1973)
- The Giant Planets: a First Book (1974, revised edition 1982)
- The Asteroids: a First Book (1975)
- Viruses: a First Book (1976, revised edition 1982)
- Hormones: an Impact Book (1979)
- Herpes: an Impact Book (1985)
- AIDS: an Impact Book (1986)
- The Elk Hunt (1986)
- Teen Guide to Safe Sex (1990)
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (1992)
- The Virus Invaders: a Venture Book (1992)
- Alan E. Nourse at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2015-07-19. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
- "Alan E. Nourse" Archived 2006-06-15 at the Wayback Machine.. Books 'n' Bytes (booksnbytes.com). Retrieved 2015-07-19.
- Heinlein, Robert A (1984). Friday. New England Library. ISBN 0-450-05549-3.
- Works by Alan E. Nourse at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Alan E. Nourse at Internet Archive
- Works by Alan E. Nourse at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
- Alan E. Nourse at the Internet Book List
- Alan E Nourse at Fantastic Fiction
- Alan E. Nourse at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Alan Edward Nourse at Library of Congress Authorities, with 68 catalog records
- Doctor X[permanent dead link] at LC Authorities (no records as of July 2015)
- Nourse, Alan Edward. A Man Obsessed at Project Gutenberg