The Info List - Damon Knight

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DAMON FRANCIS KNIGHT (September 19, 1922 – April 15, 2002) was an American science fiction author , editor and critic . He is the author of " To Serve Man
To Serve Man
", a 1950 short story adapted for The Twilight Zone . He was married to fellow writer Kate Wilhelm .


* 1 Biography

* 2 Selected works

* 2.1 Novels * 2.2 Short stories and other writings * 2.3 Literary criticism
Literary criticism
and analysis * 2.4 Short story collections

* 3 See also * 4 Notes * 5 References * 6 Sources * 7 External links


Knight was born in Baker, Oregon
Baker, Oregon
in 1922, and grew up in Hood River, Oregon . He entered science-fiction fandom at the age of eleven and published two issues of a fanzine entitled Snide.

Knight's first professional sale was a cartoon drawing to a science-fiction magazine, Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
. His first story, "The Itching Hour," appeared in the Summer 1940 number of Futuria Fantasia , edited and published by Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
. "Resilience" followed in the February 1941 number of Stirring Science Stories, edited by Donald Wolheim . An editorial error made the latter story's ending incomprehensible; it was reprinted in a 1978 magazine in four pages with a two-page introduction by Knight.

At the time of his first story sale, he was living in New York, and was a member of the Futurians . One of his short stories describes paranormal disruption of a science fiction fan group, and contains cameo appearances of various Futurians and others under thinly-disguised names: for instance, non-Futurian SF writer H. Beam Piper is identified as "H. Dreyne Fifer".

Knight's forte was the short story ; he is widely acknowledged as having been a master of the genre. To the general public, he is best known as the author of " To Serve Man
To Serve Man
", a 1950 short story adapted for The Twilight Zone . It won a 50-year Retro Hugo in 2001 as the best short story of 1950. Knight also became well known as a science fiction critic, a career which began when he wrote in 1945 that A. E. van Vogt "is not a giant as often maintained. He's only a pygmy who has learned to operate an overgrown typewriter." He ceased reviewing when Fantasy padding:0.4em 2em">

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* ^ Futurians Chester Cohen and Knight used the name Conanight jointly for two 1942 illustrations. Knight wrote three 1943–1944 short stories as Stuart Fleming.


* ^ A B C D Damon Knight
Damon Knight
at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). Retrieved 2013-04-04. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents. * ^ A B Stanyard, Dimensions Behind the Twilight Zone, p. 51. * ^ A B Battistella, Edwin. " Damon Knight
Damon Knight
(1922-2002)". The Oregon Encyclopedia. Retrieved 31 July 2012. * ^ Knight, "Knight Piece," Brian W. Aldiss & Harry Harrison, Hell's Cartographers, Orbit Books, 1976, p. 105. * ^ Pohl, SFWA Grand Masters Volume Three, p. 202. * ^ A B C "Damon Knight". Gollancz/SFE Ltd. Retrieved 15 October 2011. * ^ Malzberg, Barry N. , ed. (1976). The Best of Damon Knight. Nelson Doubleday
Nelson Doubleday
. * ^ A B C "Knight, Damon". The Locus Index to SF Awards: Index to Literary Nominees. Locus Publications . Archived from the original on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2013-04-04. * ^ A B Budrys, Algis (December 1967). "Galaxy Bookshelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. pp. 187–194. * ^ Budrys, Algis (June 1965). "Galaxy Bookshelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. pp. 164–169. * ^ Gary K. Wolfe, "Coming to Terms", in Gunn & Candelaria, Speculations on Speculation, p. 18. * ^ " Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
History and Statistics". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2011. * ^ "The History of N3F". The National Fantasy Fan Federation. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2011. * ^ "Milford History". Milford Speculative Fiction Writers. Retrieved 1 October 2011. * ^ "Robin Scott Wilson". Gollancz/SFE Ltd. Retrieved 15 October 2011. * ^ " Damon Knight
Damon Knight
Memorial Grand Master". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Archived from the original on 2013-03-08. Retrieved 2013-04-04. * ^ "Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame". Mid American Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions, Inc. Archived from the original on May 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-22. This was the official website of the hall of fame to 2004 * ^ "Damon Knight, 79, Writer and Editor of Science Fiction, Dies". The New York Times
The New York Times
. 17 April 2002. * ^ http://around.uoregon.edu/story/academics/celebrating-csws-40th-le-guin-feminist-science-fiction-fellowship


* Aldiss, Brian W.; Harrison, Harry (1976). Hell's Cartographers. London: Futura. ISBN 0-86007-907-4 . * Gunn, James E.; Candelaria, Matthew (2005). Speculations on Speculation: Theories of Science Fiction. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press . ISBN 0-8108-4902-X . * Pohl, Frederik (2002). The SFWA Grand Masters. 3. New York: Macmillan. ISBN 0-312-86876-6 . * Stanyard, Stewart T. (2006). Dimensions Behind the Twilight Zone: A Backstage Tribute to Television's Groundbreaking Series. Chicago: ECW Press
ECW Press
. ISBN 978-1-55022-744-4 .