RIP Yoji Kondo, Astrophysicist and Author
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Author:  beamjockey [ Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:41 am ]
Post subject:  RIP Yoji Kondo, Astrophysicist and Author

Our community has lost a distinguished member. Obituary from the Baltimore Sun:
Dr. Yoji Kondo, a retired astrophysicist and science-fiction writer who wrote a Star Trek novel, died of a stroke Oct. 9 at Truelife Meadows Assisted Living in Columbia. He was 84. [...]

In 1968, Dr. Kondo and his family moved to Nassau Bay, Texas, where Dr. Kondo was the head of the astrophysics lab at the Johnson Space Center for the Apollo and Skylab missions. “Sadly, the use of Saturn V rockets was discontinued, and no lunar observatory was ever built.” his daughter said. He was director of the geosynchronous satellite observatory for 15 years.

He served as president of the International Astronomical Union’s commissions on astronomy from space, close binary stars, and variable stars.

He moved to Columbia in 1978 when he was named NASA project scientist for the International Ultraviolet Explorer and later the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer. [...]

Dr. Kondo had a second career as a science-fiction writer. Because of his role in astrophysics, he received questions from the science-fiction writer Robert Heinlein about astronomy.

They became friends, and that led to a meeting with another author, John Maddox Roberts. Dr. Kondo, who wrote under the name Eric Kotani, collaborated with Mr. Roberts on a series of popular books, including “Island Worlds,” “Delta Pavonis” and “Legacy of Prometheus.” He also wrote his own novel, “Death of a Neutron Star,” which was published by Simon & Schuster as No. 17 in its Star Trek series.

Dr. Kondo also helped established an annual Robert Heinlein Award at the annual Balticon science-fiction convention.
You may be familiar with Requiem, the book he edited containing both Heinlein stories and remembrances from Heinlein's friends.

I did not know Dr. Kondo-- I met him only once, in passing-- but I offer sympathy to his family and friends.

Author:  PeterScott [ Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: RIP Yoji Kondo, Astrophysicist and Author

Oh heavens. Another of the great stars in our firmament flickers out.

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