Wilson Tucker

Father, Friend, Mentor and SF Writer

November 23, 1914 - October 6, 2006

Arthur Wilson Tucker, "Bob" and "Pop", will be remembered by many as a father, friend and mentor.

Tucker, a few weeks before turning 92, passed away Friday, October 6 in a Florida hospital. Wilson is proceeded in death by his wife, Fern, who passed away in June, 2006.

Remembering Bob Tucker SFWA Website

Tucker has had over 60 short stories and novels published. In addition to science fiction, Wilson wrote successful mysteries too. His awards and honors include the 1970 HUGO for Best Fan Writer. His Year of the Quiet Sun, won him the J.W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1976, a nomination for a NEBULA in 1970, and a HUGO nomination in 1971. Also in 1970 Wilson won The Bob Bloch Black Block Award.   A fan of aerospace, Tucker was awarded a Certificate of Merit from Pan American World Airways, Inc., -Aerospace Division- for launching a meteorological rocket from Pad 43, Cape Canaveral, Florida, March 15, 1976.

Other awards include: First Fandom Hall of Fame Award, 1985; E.E. Smith Memorial Award, 1986; Commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, 1993; and Archon Hall of Fame Award, Grand Master, 1997. At a ceremony on the Queen Mary in 1996, Tucker was the second person honored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as Author Emeritus.

Most recently published book was Three in Time; a book of three complete novels edited by Jack Dann. (1995)

When asked about any advice Tucker could give new writers today, he said to write first for your editor. They say they don't look for a formula, but he thinks they do. Secondly, Wilson says, write for yourself. Wilson also adds writers shouldn't rely on relatives to read stories. Give a copy to a stranger for a real unbiased opinion.

If not writing, Wilson worked as a projectionist at theatres such as the Castle in Bloomington, Illlinois. He also was an electrician for touring companies that visited the Bloomington/Normal area. The show that stands out most in his mind was the Phantom of the Opera. The show visited Illinois State University. Wilson was lugging a heavy door back and forth as part of his props and specials effects preparation. "I nearly broke my back during that show," Wilson claims.


"When I woke up on January 1, 2001, I was disappointed in this respect:

Nothing in the world outside my window resembled Arthur C. Clark's novel or movie "2001." No busy space ships, no hotel in orbit, no mining activity on the moon, no black monolith leading us to the far planets. After peering through the window and finding none of that I almost went back to bed."

Wilson "Bob" Tucker
January 5, 2001
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