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Otto Willi Gail

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Otto Willi Gail

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Full Name: Otto Willi Gail
Born: July 18, 1896
Gunzenhausen, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire
Died: March 29, 1956
Munich, Germany
Occupation: Author, Science Journalist
Nationality: German


Otto Willi Gail was a German science journalist and author.

Gail was born in Gunzenhausen, Mittelfranken. He studied electrical engineering and physics at the Technical University Munich. He worked for newspapers and radio broadcasting and wrote non-fiction books about physics, astronomy and space travel. He also wrote science fiction novels to delight the youth for these themes. He had good relations to the German space pioneers Max Valier and Hermann Oberth. As a result of these relationships he acquired special knowledge that influenced his books and gave them much details. His novels were translated into American English and influenced early American utopian literature. He died in Munich.

R. D. Mullen noted that Der Schuß ins All is "justly famous for the realistic detail with which it depicts the construction of a rocket ship, its launching into space, and the experiences of its crew."

Of (the English version of) Hans Hardts Mondfahrt, Richard Godwin writes "this novel for young adults is an accurate mirror of many of the space travel concepts that have been discussed by pre-war European experts," and continues, "Otto Willi Gail was one of the most popular science fiction authors in Germany during the early 20th century."

Works in the WWEnd Database

 Ron Miller Science Fiction Classics

 33. (1928)

 The Shot into Infinity

 1. (1925)
 2. (1926)


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