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Harold L. Goodwin

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Harold Leland Goodwin (November 20, 1914 – February 18, 1990) was an American writer.

Biography and writing career[edit]

Known to his friends as Hal Goodwin, Goodwin wrote popular science books, mostly about space exploration, as Harold L. Goodwin, "Hal Goodwin" and "Harold Leland Goodwin". He also wrote children's books as Blake Savage (Rip Foster Rides the Gray Planet) and John Blaine (the Rick Brant series).[1] In the latter case, he co-wrote (with Peter J. Harkins) the first three books in the series and wrote books 4 through 24 by himself.

In 1947, he wrote The Feathered Cape, a boy's adventure novel set in Hawaii. It was based on events leading up to the Battle of the Nu'uanu Valley (1795) in the war for Hawaiian unification.

He had three sons from two different marriages; Alan, Chris and Derek.[2] He died from cardiac arrest.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Spindrift Island". April 15, 2009. Archived from the original on April 15, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Flying Stingaree" is dedicated "To my sons, Chris and Derek, who have watched the stingarees from the sun deck of the cruising houseboat Spindrift".
  3. ^ Ap (February 23, 1990). "Harold Leland Goodwin, Author, 75". The New York Times. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  4. ^ J.Y. Smith (February 21, 1990). "SCIENCE AUTHOR HAROLD GOODWIN DIES AT AGE 75". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. ISSN 0190-8286. OCLC 1330888409.

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