Sunday, May 15, 2005

Ency of SF entry

From the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by John Clute and Peter Nicholls. This entry was written by Malcolm J. Edwards and Brian Stableford. This is not the complete entry.

Henry Kuttner's interest in Weird Tales early led him to correspond with H. P. Lovecraft and others; his first sale to the magazine was poem, followed by "The Graveyard Rats" (1936). ...

He began to publish sf stories in 1937 with "When the Earth Lived" for Thrilling Wonder Stories. His early work included a series about the movie business of the future...

HK achieved a certain notoriety with the slightly risque stories he wrote for Marvel Science Stories, notably "The Time Trap" (1938). He used many pseudonyms in this part of his career, and even more after marrying C. L. Moore in 1940, when the two wrote very many stories in collaboration....

After their marriage in 1940, most of HK's and Moore's works were to some extent joint efforts -- it is said that each could pick up and smoothly continue any story from whever the other had left off. Moore seems to have been the more fluent and perhaps the more assiduous (indeed, talented) writer, but HK's wit, deftly audacious deplyment of ideas and neat expostiion complemented her talents very will.

In 1950 HK and Moore went to study at the University of Southern California; they wrote a number of mystery novels thereafter but very few sf stories. HK graduated in 1954 and went to work for his MA, but died of a heart attack before it was completed.


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