b. 1922 - d. 2002
and Nebula award winner Damon Knight
was one of the truly influential figures in science fiction. Damon founded the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
(SFWA) and the Nebula
awards. In 1995 he was named by the SFWA as a Grand Master - its highest honor.
Knight encouraged, taught, critiqued, and mentored innumerable young writers. He co-founded the Milford SF Writers Conference as well as Clarion - the pre-eminent science fiction workshop.
Shortly after high school Knight moved to New York City. He published his first science fiction story in 1941. He was also a member of the Futurians -- a communal group of writers/friends that included among others Isaac Asimov, Cyril Kornbluth, Dave Wollhein, James Blish, Judith Merril, and Frederick Pohl.
Knight's 1996 novel Humpty Dumpty: An Oval was named a New York Times notable book.
Born in Oregon in 1922, Damon was married for many years to author Kate Wilhelm. He passed away on April 15, 2002 in Eugene, Oregon.
Damon also taught me how to play TSOHG.
Books by Damon Knight
Hell's Pavement (1955)
In Search of Wonder (1956) non-fiction collection of 33 essays
Masters of Evolution (1959)
A for Anything (1961)
The Sun Saboteurs (1961)
Beyond the Barrier (1964)
Mind Switch (1965)
The Rithian Terror (1965)
The World and Thorinn (1980)
Creating Short Fiction (1981) revised and updated third edition 1997
The Man in the Tree (1984)
The Observers (1988) sequel to CV
A Reasonable World (1991) third book in CV trilogy
One Side Laughing: Stories Unlike Other Stories (1991) short story collection
Why Do Birds (1992)
Humpty Dumpty: An Oval (1996)