Roy A(rthur) Gallant 1924–
American young adult nonfiction writer, biographer, and editor.
In twenty-five years of writing Gallant has established a reputation among teachers and readers for clear and thorough scientific exposition. His first books, those of the Exploring series, reveal a bias toward subjects in astronomy, a life-long interest which has led to a teaching post at the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium. His scientific knowledge is wide-ranging, and recent works have covered such topics as the earth's climate, human speech, and systems of measurement. Occasionally critics have found the style of writing in his less technical works, such as Me and My Bones, to be excessively coy. However, most agree that he has made a substantial contribution to the popularization of natural science for a young adult audience. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 5-8, rev. ed., and Something about the Author, Vol. 4.)
[Exploring the Moon is an] interesting account of lunar history and exploration by remote control [which] covers theories of origin and the various interpretations of lunar formations we can see through strong telescopes today. Two opposing theories of origin are George Darwin's which maintains that the moon was a big blob of lava that broke from the earth, and Von Weizsacker's, which holds that it is a collection of traveling space particles. This absorbing kind of controversy continues through the discussion of the formation of seas, craters, mountains and seas.
"Non-Fiction: 'Exploring the Moon'," in Virginia Kirkus' Service, Vol. 23, No. 18, September 15, 1955, p. 703.