Blish, James (1921–1975)

James Blish

James Blish was an American science fiction writer and graduate of Rutgers University (microbiology) and Columbia University (zoology), who imaginatively portrayed extraterrestrials and the consequences of their discovery. In A Case of Conscience (1958) he addresses a scenario in which a Jesuit priest and biologist must try to reconcile his beliefs with the discovery of an alien race of intelligent reptiles (see intelligent dinosaurs).