Robert Thurston

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Robert Thurston
BornRobert Thurston
(1936-10-28)October 28, 1936
Lockport, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 20, 2021(2021-10-20) (aged 84)
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, U.S.
Genre shared universe, science fiction

Robert Thurston (28 October 1936 – 20 October 2021 [1] ) was a science fiction author well known for his works in popular shared world settings.



Thurston attended the Clarion Workshop at Clarion State College, Pennsylvania in 1968, instructed by several major sci-fi writers (Kate Wilhelm, Damon Knight, Fritz Leiber, and Harlan Ellison, among others). He did graduate studies in English literature at the University of Buffalo and a was a veteran of the United States Army. [2] He was awarded first prize for his short story "Set of Wheels," which was included, with two other short stories ("Anaconda" and "The Last Desperate Hour") in the anthology Clarion, edited by the workshop's founder, Robin Scott Wilson, in 1971.

FASA signed an agreement with Roc Publishing in 1991 that lasted for 10 years and started a long line of publication with Robert Thurston's Legend of the Jade Phoenix series for Battletech (1991). [3]

Thurston is best known for his Clan Jade Falcon novels of the BattleTech universe and the novelizations of the original Battlestar Galactica television series.

He had worked at New Jersey City University's Opportunity Scholarship Program as Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction, since 1992.



Battlestar Galactica series
BattleTech series
Isaac Asimov's Robot City – Robots and Aliens series

Short fiction

Stories [4]
TitleYearFirst publishedReprinted/collectedNotes
Slipshod, at the edge of the universe2001Thurston, Robert (March 2001). "Slipshod, at the edge of the universe". F&SF . 100 (3): 114–122.

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  1. SF writer Robert Thurston, 84, died October 20, 2021 in Ridgefield Park NJ.
  2. "Robert (Bob) Thurston". Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  3. Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 124. ISBN   978-1-907702-58-7.
  4. Short stories unless otherwise noted.