DAMON FRANCIS KNIGHT (September 19, 1922 – April 15, 2002) was an
American science fiction author , editor and critic . He is the author
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
Short stories and other writings
Literary criticism and analysis
Short story collections
* 3 See also
* 4 Notes
* 5 References
* 6 Sources
* 7 External links
Knight was born in
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
Amazing Stories . His first story, "The
Itching Hour," appeared in the Summer 1940 number of Futuria Fantasia
, edited and published by
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
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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 at the Internet Speculative Fiction
Database (ISFDB). Retrieved 2013-04-04.
Select a title to see its linked publication history and general
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 (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
* ^ Malzberg, Barry N. , ed. (1976). The Best of Damon Knight.
Nelson Doubleday .
* ^ A B C "Knight, Damon". The Locus Index to SF Awards: Index to
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
* ^ "The History of N3F". The National Fantasy Fan Federation.
Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 1 October
* ^ "Milford History". Milford Speculative Fiction Writers.
Retrieved 1 October 2011.
* ^ "Robin Scott Wilson". Gollancz/SFE Ltd. Retrieved 15 October
* ^ "
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.
* 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 . ISBN 978-1-55022-744-4 .