Alan E. Nourse (1928-1992) was an American science fiction author and physician. He wrote both juvenile and adult science fiction, as well as nonfiction works about medicine and science. His works generally focused on medicine and/or psionics. His most well-known work by title is THE BLADERUNNER, which lent its title to the film adaptation of Phillip K. Dick's work DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? Robert A. Heinlein dedicated his 1964 novel FARNHAM'S FREEHOLD to Nourse.