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About Sylvia Engdahl

Sylvia Engdahl is the author of ten science fiction novels, six of which are Young Adult novels that are also enjoyed by adults. The one for which she is best known, Enchantress from the Stars, was a 1971 Newbery Honor book, winner of the 1990 Phoenix Award of the Children's Literature Association, and a finalist for the 2002 Book Sense Book of the Year in the Rediscovery category. Her four latest novels -- the Hidden Flame duology and the Rising Flame duology -- are for adults. She has also published an updated and expanded edition of her nonfiction book The Planet-Girded Suns: The Long History of Belief in Exoplanets. She is a strong advocate of space colonization and in addition to a widely-read space section of her website she created the site www.spacequotes.com, which contains quotations about why humankind must expand into space. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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Awards and Honors
    Junior Literary Guild selection (Enchantress from the Stars), 1970

    ALA Notable Children's Books (Enchantress from the Stars), 1970

    Horn Book Fanfare (Enchantress from the Stars), 1971

    Newbery Honor Book (Enchantress from the Stars), 1971

    Christopher Award (This Star Shall Abide), 1973

    Phoenix Award (Enchantress from the Stars), 1990

    New York Public Library 100 Favorite Children's Books (Enchantress from the Stars), 1998

    Teen People Book Club selection (Enchantress from the Stars), 2001

    Book Sense Book of the Year finalist, Rediscovery category (Enchantress from the Stars ), 2002

    CBC Not Just For Children Anymore, Classics category (Enchantress from the Stars), 2002 and later

    CCBC Choices (Enchantress from the Stars), 2002

    ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (Enchantress from the Stars), 2004

    Geffen Award finalist, Best Translated YA Book (Enchantress from the Stars), 2008

    Independent Publishers (IPPY) Book Award, bronze (Stewards of the Flame), 2008

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Enchantress from the Stars. Atheneum, 1970 (hc); Aladdin, 1972 (pb); Gollancz, 1974 (UK hc); Collier, 1989 (pb); Troll, 1993 (book club pb); Walker, 2001 (hc); Scholastic, 2002 (book club pb); Firebird, 2003 (pb). Translations: Hayakawa, 1981 (Japanese pb); Arena, 2002 (German hc); Diagonal del Grupo 62, 2002 (Spanish hc); Editorial Empuries, 2002 (Catalan hc); Cite, 2003 (Chinese pb); Circulo de Leitores. 2003 (Portugese hc); Tammi 2003 (Finnish hc); CBT, 2006 (German pb); Yanshuf, 2007 (Hebrew hc); BIR, 2008 (Korean pb). Ebook: Walker, 2002 (pdf). Audiobook: Recorded books, 2006.

Journey Between Worlds. Atheneum, 1970, (hc); Putnam (updated edition), 2006 (hc); Firebird, 2007 (pb); SRA/McGraw Hill, 2008 (book club pb). Ebooks: Firebird, 2009 (mobi, epub); Ad Stellae Books, 2015 (mobi, epub, pdf).

The Far Side of Evil. Atheneum, 1971 (hc); Aladdin, 1973 (pb); Gollancz , 1975 (UK, hc); Collier, 1989 (pb); Walker (updated edition), 2003 (hc); Firebird, 2005 (pb). Ebook: Ad Stellae Books, 2011 (mobi, epub, pdf).

This Star Shall Abide. Atheneum, 1972 (hc); Aladdin, 1979 (pb); Gollancz, 1973 (UK hc, as Heritage of the Star), 1973; Puffin, 1976 (UK,pb, as Heritage of the Star); Ad Stellae Books, 2010 (pb) Ebook: Ad Stellae Books, 2008 (mobi); 2010 (epub, pdf). Audiobook: ACX, 2013.

Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains. Hardcover: Atheneum, 1973 (hc). Ebook: Ad Stellae Books, 2008 (mobi); 2010 (epub, pdf).

The Doors of the Universe. Hardcover: Atheneum, 1981 (hc). Ebook: Ad Stellae Books, 2008 (mobi); 2010 (epub, pdf).


Children of the Star (omnibus edition of This Star Shall Abide, Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains, and The Doors of the Universe, previously published as YA.) Meisha Merlin, 2000 (hc and pb); Ad Stellae Books, 2012 (pb). Ebook: Ad Stellae Books, 2013 (mobi, epub, pdf).

Stewards of the Flame. BookSurge, 2007 (pb); Ad Stellae Books, 2009 (pb). Ebook: Ad Stellae Books, 2008 (mobi); 2010 (epub, pdf).

Promise of the Flame. Ad Stellae Books, 2009 (pb). Ebook: Ad Stellae Books, 2008 (mobi); 2010 (epub, pdf).

Defender of the Flame. Ad Stellae Books, 2013 pb). Ebook: Ad Stellae Books, 2013 (mobi, epub, pdf).

Herald of the Flame. Ad Stellae Books, 2014 (pb). Ebook: Ad Stellae Books, 2014 (mobi, epub, pdf).

The Hidden Flame. (omnibus edition of Stewards of the Flame and Promise of the Flame.) Ad Stellae Books, 2016. Ebook: Ad Stellae Books, 2015 (mobi); 2017 (epub, pdf).

The Rising Flame. (omnibus edition of Defender of the Flame and Herald of the Flame.) Ad Stellae Books, 2016. Ebook: Ad Stellae Books, 2015 (mobi, epub, pdf).


The Planet-Girded Suns: Man's View of Other Solar Systems. Atheneum, 1974 (hc); Ad Stellae Books (updated edition with subtitle The History of Human Thought About Extrasolar Worlds), 2012; with subtitle The Long History of Belief in Exoplanets, 2016. Ebook: Ad Stellae Books, 2012, 2016 (mobi, epub, pdf).

Reflections on the Future: Collected Essays. Ebook: Ad Stellae Books, 2017 (mobi, epub, pdf).

The Subnuclear Zoo: New Discoveries in High Energy Physics (with Rick Roberson). Atheneum, 1977 (hc).

Tool for Tomorrow: New Knowledge About Genes (with Rick Roberson). Atheneum, 1979 (hc).

Our World is Earth (picture book). Atheneum, 1979 (hc).


Universe Ahead: Stories of the Future (with Rick Roberson). Atheneum, 1975 (hc).

Anywhere, Anywhen: Stories of Tomorrow. Atheneum, 1976 (hc). Ebook: Ad Stellae Books (expanded edition), 2011 (mobi, epub, pdf).


“The Beckoning Trail” (with Rick Roberson). In Universe Ahead, 1975 and Anywhere, Anywhen (expanded edition), 2011.

“Timescape” (with my mother Mildred Butler). In Anywhere, Anywhen, 1976 and Anywhere, Anywhen (expanded edition), 2011.

“Tranquility” (written in 1957). In Anywhere, Anywhen (expanded edition), 2011.


“The Changing Role of Science Fiction in Children's Literature,” Horn Book, October 1971, pp. 449-455. Reprinted in Children and Literature, Virginia Haviland, ed., Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1973.

“Why Write for Today's Teenagers,” Horn Book, June 1972, pp. 249-254. Reprinted in Crosscurrents of Criticism, Paul Heins, ed., The Horn Book, 1977.

"Perspective on the Future: The Quest of Space Age Young People,” School Media Quarterly, Fall 1972, pp. 27-35. Reprinted in Only Connect: Readings on Children's Literature, S. Egoff, G.T. Stubbs & L.F. Ashley, eds., Oxford University Press, 1980.

“Do Teenage Novels Fill a Need?,” English Journal, February 1975, pp. 48-52. Reprinted in Young Adult Literature in the Seventies, Jana Varlejs, ed., Scarecrow Press, 1978.

“An Observer of Planet Earth,” in Something About the Author Autobiography Series, Vol. 5, Gale Publishing, 1988. pp. 89-110.

“The Mythic Role of Space Fiction,” in The Phoenix Award of the Children's Literature Association 1990-1994, Alethea Helbig and Agnes Perkins, eds., Scarecrow Press, 1996. Also in Work and Play in Children's Literature, Susan R. Gannon and Ruth Anne Thompson, eds., Children's Literature Association, 1991 and in Journal of Social and Biological Structures, Vol. 13 (1990), pp. 289-295.

“The Evolutionary Significance of the Metanormal” (book review essay), Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems, Vol. 16 (1993), pp. 503-513.

"Autobiography: Sylvia Louise Engdahl,” in Something About the Author, Vol. 122, Gale, 2001, pp. 35-54. Also in Contemporary Authors, Vol. 195, Gale, 2002, pp. 82-105. (An updated version of “An Observer of Planet Earth,“ listed above.)

“Space Race,” in Americans at War: Society, Culture and the Homefront, John P. Resch, ed., Vol. 4, Macmillan Reference, 2004, pp. 180-183.

Foreword to ebook edition of Twice Queen of France: Anne of Brittany by Mildred Allen Butler, Ad Stellae Books, 2011.

“Confronting the Universe in the Twenty-First Century,” in The Planet-Girded Suns (updated edition), Ad Stellae Books, 2012 and in The Space Review, July 23, 2012.

“Space Colonization, Faith, and Pascal’s Wager,” in The Space Review, July 3, 2017.


The following anthologies of articles from various sources were textbooks sold to school and libraries, which I compiled to the publisher's specifications. I wrote only their introductory essays. The aim was to offer an unbiased presentation of both sides of controversial issues, so they do not reveal my own views on these subjects.

Perspectives on Modern World History series:
The John F. Kennedy Assassination. Greenhaven Press, 2010.
The Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Greenhaven Press, 2011.
The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Greenhaven Press, 2011.
The Women's Liberation Movement. Greenhaven Press, 2012.
The Building of the Panama Canal. Greenhaven Press, 2012.
Prohibition. Greenhaven Press, 2012.
The Challenger Disaster. Greenhaven Press, 2013
The Bolshevik Revolution. Greenhaven Press, 2013.

Issues on Trial series:
Religious Liberty. Greenhaven Press, 2007.
Free Speech. Greenhaven Press, 2007.
Medical Rights. Greenhaven Press, 2008.
Right to Private Property. Greenhaven Press, 2009.
War on Drugs. Greenhaven Press, 2009.
Intellectual Property Rights. Greenhaven Press, 2009.
Cybercrime. Greenhaven Press, 2009.
Animal Welfare. Greenhaven Press, 2010.
Mental Health. Greenhaven Press, 2010.
War. Greenhaven Press, 2010.
Taxation. Greenhaven Press, 2010.
Welfare. Greenhaven Press, 2011.

Constitutional Amendements series:
Amendment XIV: Equal Protection. Greenhaven Press, 2009.
Amendments XVIII and XXI: Prohibition and Repeal. Greenhaen Press, 2009.
Amendment XXVI: Lowering the Voting Age. Greenhaven Press, 2009.
Amendment XXV: Presidential Disability and Succession. Greenhaven Press, 2010.

Current Controversies series:
Online Social Networking. Greenhaven Press, 2007.
Blogs. Greenhaven Press, 2008.
Domestic Wiretapping. Greenhaven Press, 2008.
Prescription Drugs. Greenhaven Press, 2008.
Vaccines. Greenhaven Press, 2008.
Assisted Suicide. Greenhaven Press, 2008.
Prisons. Greenhaven Press, 2009.
Forensic Technology. Greenhaven Press, 2010.
The Elderly. Greenhaven Press, 2011.
Patriotism. Greenhaven Press, 2011.
Espionage and Intelligence. Greenhaven Press, 2012.
Alternative Therapies. Greenhaven Press, 2012.
Internet Activism. Greenhaven Press, 2013.
Mobile Apps. Greenhaven Press, 2014.
Military Families. Greenhaven Press, 2014.
Prescription Drugs (revised). Greenhaven Press, 2014.

Contemporary Issues Companion series:
Extraterrestrial Life. Greenhaven Press, 2005.
Genetic Engineering. Greenhaven Press, 2006.
Cloning. Greenhaven Press, 2006.
Euthanasia. Greenhaven Press, 2006.
Artificial Intelligence. Greenhaven Press, 2007.

Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders series:
Meningitis. Greenhaven Press, 2010.
Fibromyalgia. Greenhaven Press, 2010.
Sleep Disorders. Greenhaven Press, 2011.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Hardcover: Greenhaven Press, 2011.
Lou Gehrig's Disease. Greenhaven Press, 2012.
Dissociative Disorders. Greenhaven Press, 2012.
Neurodegenerative Disorders. Greenhaven Press, 2013.
Dementia. Greenhaven Press, 2013.

Teen Rights and Freedoms series:
Free Press. Greenhaven Press, 2011.
Electronic Devices. Greenhaven Press, 2012.
Driving. Greenhaven Press, 2014.

Opposing Viewpoints series:
Obesity. Greenhaven Press, 2014.
Scientific Research. Greenhaven Press, 2015.
Energy Alternatives. Greenhaven Press, 2015.