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Stanley Schmidt papers

Call Number: MS 341


Stanley Schmidt is a science fiction writer and long-time editor of the science fiction periodical Analog. This collection includes typescripts of short stories, novellas, novels, editorials, and non-fiction articles written by Schmidt.


  • Creation: 1967 - 2013


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Stanley Schmidt

Stanley Schmidt, born March 7, 1944 in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a science fiction writer and was a highly respected editor of Analog Science Fiction (1978-2012), one of the premier magazines of science fiction. He was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novelette, World Science Fiction Society, in 2001 and won a Robert A. Heinlein Award in 2012; a Hugo Award for best professional editor short form, 2013; and a Solstice Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2015.

Schmidt earned a PhD in 1969 from Case Western Reserve University. Before becoming an editor, Schmidt taught courses in astronomy, science fiction, and biology as an assistant professor of physics at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio from 1969 to 1978. He has also worked as a freelance musician, writer, and photographer.

Schmidt began writing when he was in eighth grade and has published four novels, including Argonaut (2002), numerous short stories, and nonfiction works, including Aliens and Alien Societies: A Writers Guide to Creating Extraterrestrial Life-Forms (1995). He became an editor with Analog in 1978. Schmidt edited Analog: Writers' Choice Volumes I and II, which included selections chosen by authors from among stories published in the magazine.

Schmidt can play several instruments and composes music. He reads several languages including Spanish, German, Russian, Dutch, Polish, Catalan, Swahili, Portuguese, French, and Italian.


2.75 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Manuscripts included in this collection consist of typescripts and computer printouts of fiction, nonfiction articles, editorials, obituaries, and book reviews. These materials are in English and sometimes include handwritten corrections, additions, and emendations.

Most shorter works were published in Analog magazine; other places of publication are sometimes noted on the submissions, such as Writer's Digest. Many submissions contain the name of a literary agency Stanley Schmidt engaged for publication. Guest editorials for Analog organized by Schmidt contain author names.


This collection has been organized into three series:

  1. Short fiction and novel typescripts, arranged alphabetically
  2. Nonfiction typescripts, arranged chronologically
  3. Editorials, obituaries, and writings for Analog, arranged chronologically

Physical Location

MS 341

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Stanley Schmidt, 2017, 2018.


Additional accruals are expected.

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Preferred citation
Stanley Schmidt Papers, RH MS 341, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States