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Ion Hobana; sci-fi writer was often translated; at 80

Associated Press / February 24, 2011

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BUCHAREST, Romania — Ion Hobana, Romania’s best-known science fiction writer, died late Tuesday in a Bucharest hospital, said his son Sorin.

Mr. Hobana was 80.

Some of Mr. Hobana’s stories were included in international anthologies, including “The Penguin World Omnibus of Science Fiction’’ and “Twenty Houses of the Zodiac.’’

His last book, a history of French science fiction before 1900, was published in November.

Two volumes on UFOs, coauthored by Julian Weverbergh, were published in the 1970s in the Netherlands.

Both books were translated into English, French, and Spanish.

Mr. Hobana received several awards for his works, including one from Poland’s Ministry of Culture and Arts.