Author Gordon Rupert Dickson moved from Canada to the United States with his mother in 1936 after the death of his father, and to Minnesota in 1937. Dickson earned a B.A. in creative writing from the University of Minnesota in 1948 and attended graduate school from 1948-50. He studied with Sinclair Lewis, Robert Penn Warren, and Poul Anderson, among others. Dickson served in the army during World War II, was a supporter of the space program and attended most of the Apollo launches. He wrote novels and short stories, chiefly science fiction and fantasy. He is best known for the Childe Cycle novels, his unfinished series about the evolution of the human race.
Dickson won several awards including a 1965 Hugo award for Soldier, Ask Not (1964); a 1967 Nebula award for Call Him Lord (1966); a 1975 Skylark award; a 1977 August Derleth award for The Dragon and the George (1976); a 1978 Jupiter award for Time Storm (1977); a 1981 Hugo award for Lost Dorsai (1980); and a 1981 Hugo award for The Cloak and the Staff (1980). Dickson served as president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1969-71.