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1[[quoteright:350:]] ˛˛Algirdas Jonas "Algis" Budrys (January 9, 1931 – June 9, 2008) was a science fiction writer and editor. The son of a Lithuanian diplomat, he lived in the United States from the time he was five. Early in his career, he frequently used the pen name "John A. Sentry", an anglification of his Lithuanian name.˛˛He published several novels and numerous short stories. His best-known were the novels ''Who?'' (1958) and ''Rogue Moon'' (1960), both of which were nominated for the UsefulNotes/HugoAward, and ''Hard Landing'' (1993), which was nominated for a {{UsefulNotes/Nebula|Award}}. ''Who?'' was adapted for film in 1973. The movie starred Elliott Gould and Creator/TrevorHoward.˛˛In addition to his writing, he worked as an editor for a number of companies over the years, including a stint as book editor at Magazine/{{Playboy}}.˛----˛!! Tropes in his works:˛* AdvancedAncientAcropolis: ''Rogue Moon'' centers around a mysterious (and deadly) labyrinth left behind on the moon by long-absent aliens.˛* AlternateSelf: In ''Rogue Moon'', teleportation is done in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' way of decomposition and reconstitution. (''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' came out later.) ''Rogue Moon'' is more interested in the implications though: two copies of the same person genuinely are the same person, so much so that they can communicate with each other using {{telepathy}} until they diverge enough. This is useful in [[spoiler:investigating an alien machine that kills its occupants. The decomposition is lethal, no ifs, ands, or buts. The scan can then be reconstituted any number of times, but this is a separate process.]] ''Rogue Moon'' is messed up.˛* TheBlank: In ''Who?'', a [[KidnappedScientist scientist kidnapped]] by the Soviets is returned to the West as a cyborg after suffering severe injuries during his kidnapping. His face is just a blank metal mask, one arm is mechanical and the other might be a transplant, so how do the authorities know if he really is the scientist or a well-briefed spy impersonating him?˛* ETGaveUsWifi: ''Hard Landing'', in which a bunch of crash landed alien Joes have to get by on Earth, and one of them decides to sell alien tech to the US.˛* OneSteveLimit: Lampshaded in ''Who?'', when Lucas Martino goes off to live with his uncle Lucas Maggiore. His uncle immediately says, "Lucas and Lucas—-that's too many Lucases in one store." Lucas Martino is promptly nicknamed Tedeschino, but the narration continues to use his original name.˛* SovietSuperscience: In the novel sci-fi novel ''Who?'', the Soviets kidnap an American scientist after he was horribly injured in an accident. To help him recover, they perform extensive surgery on him. When he returns to the west he has a robotic face, head and arm, which makes him difficult to identify and extremely suspicious.˛* {{Teleportation}}: In ''Rogue Moon'', teleportation is done the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' way of decomposition and reconstitution. The book is more interested in the implications: two copies of the same person genuinely are the same person, giving them telepathy until they diverge enough.˛* WeCanRebuildHim: The central conceit of ''Who?''. Except, it's an American scientist, who is rebuilt by DirtyCommies, which makes the Americans very suspicious when he returns.˛----


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