James White

Northern Irish Writer
Born Apr 7, 1928

James White was a Northern Irish author of science fiction novellas, short stories and novels. He was born in Belfast and returned there after spending his early years in Canada. After a few years in the clothing industry, he worked at Short Brothers Ltd. from 1965 until taking early retirement in 1984 as a result of diabetes. White married Margaret Sarah Martin, another science fiction fan, in 1955 and the couple had three children.… Read More

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1928 Birth James White was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on 7 April 1928, and spent part of his early life in Canada. … Read More


1941 13 Years Old He became a science fiction fan in 1941, attracted particularly by the works of E. E. "Doc" Smith, which featured good aliens as well as evil ones, and of Robert A. Heinlein, many of whose stories concern ordinary people.
1947 19 Years Old In 1947 he met another Irish fan, Walter A. ("Walt") Willis (1919–1999), and the two helped to produce the fan magazines Slant (1948–1953) and Hyphen (1952–1965), which featured stories and articles by noted authors including John Brunner, A. … Read More


1953 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004 both White and Willis were nominated for the retrospective Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer of 1953, although neither won. … Read More
1955 27 Years Old 1 More Event
…  White married Margaret Sarah Martin, another science fiction fan, in 1955 and the couple had three children. … Read More
1957 29 Years Old In 1957, Ace Books published White's first novel, The Secret Visitors, which included locations in Northern Ireland. … Read More


1980 52 Years Old White kept his job with Short Brothers and wrote in the evenings, as his stories did not make enough money for him to become a full-time author. In 1980 he taught a literature course at a Belfast branch of the Workers Educational Association.
1984 56 Years Old When diabetes had severely impaired his eyesight, he took early retirement in 1984 and relocated to the north Antrim resort town of Portstewart, where he continued to write. … Read More


1996 68 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The White Papers was produced by NESFA (New England Science Fiction Association) to commemorate White's being the Guest-of-Honour at the 1996 Worldcon, and includes short stories and fan magazine articles by White, plus sections of Gary Louie's guide to the Sector General series. … Read More
1998 70 Years Old …  In 1998, White received the NESFA (New England Science Fiction Association) Edward E. Smith Memorial Award ("Skylark Award") for contributions to science fiction, named after a story by one of his inspirations, E. E. "Doc" Smith, and appreciated this so much that he donated his complete collection of Slant magazines to NESFA. … Read More
1999 71 Years Old He died of a stroke on 23 August 1999, while his novels Double Contact and The First Protector were being prepared for publication. … Read More
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