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I saw this obit today in the NYTImes:

Frank M. Robinson Dies at 87; Author and Adviser to Harvey Milk

I knew Frank M. Robinson as a science fiction writer with his claim to fame (for me) resting primarily on two novels.  

The Power a novel about the hunt for a mutant superman who's hunting down and killing those who may know his identity. The basis for a 1968 movie of the same name starring George Hamilton (Don't laugh. George was perfectly...adequate).

The Dark Beyond the Stars (Lambda award winner), the story of a generational ship and its search for life on other planets.

He was also co-author of The Glass Inferno. One of two novels that was the basis for the camp classic, The Towering Inferno.

That would be enough for me to honor him in my thoughts but from the Times I learned today that he was Harvey Milk's speechwriter. According to Frank, Harvey Milk said, "Hey, why don't you be my speechwriter?  It'll be a hoot."

According to SFGate, Frank was the author of Harvey's "You've Got to Have Hope"speech.

That should be enough to give Frank a moment of honor on the DailyKos.

I'd recommend checking out his two science fiction novels...and to give a brief moment of silence for a the man who brought some magic to the words of Harvey Milk.

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