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Charles Harness

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Charles Leonard Harness is an American science fiction writer, author of twelve novels and fifty novellas and short stories. Harness was born in Colorado City, Texas, but in early childhood the family moved to a suburb called Riverside. In 1925, the family moved again - this time to the town of Fort Worth, where young Charles began to become seriously interested in chemistry and radio amateurism. There he graduated from high school, began working in a paper warehouse, and later as a minor clerk in the police, whose duty was to take fingerprints. In parallel with this, he studied at night school in order to be able to go to college for free. Initially, Charles Harness studied at the Texas Christian University as a preacher, then in Washington he graduated from the George Washington University, where he graduated with a bachelor`s degree in chemistry (1942) and law (1946). From 1941 to 1947 he worked as an economist at the National Bureau of Mineral Resources, and then until 1953 a...

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Charles Leonard Harness is an American science fiction writer, author of twelve novels and fifty novellas and short stories. Harness was born in Colorado City, Texas, but in early childhood the family moved to a suburb called Riverside. In 1925, the family moved again - this time to the town of Fort Worth, where young Charles began to become seriously interested in chemistry and radio amateurism. There he graduated from high school, began working in a paper warehouse, and later as a minor clerk in the police, whose duty was to take fingerprints. In parallel with this, he studied at night school in order to be able to go to college for free. Initially, Charles Harness studied at the Texas Christian University as a preacher, then in Washington he graduated from the George Washington University, where he graduated with a bachelor`s degree in chemistry (1942) and law (1946). From 1941 to 1947 he worked as an economist at the National Bureau of Mineral Resources, and then until 1953 as a patent lawyer at American Cyanamid. And from 1953 to 1981 - the same specialist in patent law, but in the large American chemical company WR Grace & Co. He was also a member of several public organizations. For example, he was a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bar Association. He was also an active member and deacon of the Presbyterian Church of the Commemoration of Christ in Columbia, Maryland. The first attempts at writing fell on the school years, when Harness tried to write short stories. He began to publish science fiction in the late 40s, but always writing science fiction was only a hobby for him. His debut novel, The Time Trap, was published in Astounding Science Fiction in August 1948. The very next year, Startling Stories published Harness`s first novel, the space opera Flight into Yesterday, which was later published more than once under the title Paradoxical People. All of Harness`s literary work can be roughly divided into four parts. The first stage (1948-1953) is characterized by works with a strong romantic orientation. During this period, his first novel was written, as well as the novels "New Reality", "The Rose" and "Chess Players". From 1953 to 1966, Charles Harness gave up literature and devoted himself entirely to a professional career. But his return was marked by two stories at once "The decoration of his profession" and "The Alchemist", each of which received a nomination for the "Hugo" and "Nebula" awards. But this second phase lasted only a couple of years, during which he released only a few short stories and the novel The Ring of Ritornelle. Then, until 1977, there was literary silence again, after which, until the early 90s, Charles Harness entered the third phase of his work and released the lion`s share of fantastic works (in this, of course, his retirement in 1983 played a role) - several novels and dozens of short stories and novellas. In them, the author develops the ideas of paradoxes - "chronoclasms", transcendental transformations (physical death, subsequent rebirth in another reality, transmigration of the "soul", etc.) and time travel. The last stage in the work of Charles Harness began in 1997. He published another half dozen short stories and two novels. The writer lived for a long time in Clarksville, Maryland, but for family reasons, three months before his death, he moved to North Newton, Kansas, where he died in the 90th year. According to the will of the deceased, his body was transferred to the University of Kansas School of Medicine.