Michael Greatrex Coney was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, on this day in 1932.
Coney moved to Canada from 1973, serving with the British Columbia Forest Service until his retirement in 1989. His early work carried a sense of Cold War-inspired paranoia, but his repertoire was wide and perhaps his best novel, Hello Summer, Goodbye, is a wistful story of adolescent love on a far-distant planet. He was shortlisted for the Nebula Award once, the Aurora five times, and the BSFA Award twice, winning in 1977 for Brontomek! He died in British Columbia in 2005.