Death: April 15, 2002.
Comments: Damon Knight was an important American science fiction author, editor, and critic. He started early, publishing work in fanzines at the age of eleven, and having his first professional work appear in professional magazines at the of nineteen. he was a prolific and skilled short story writer, winning a Retro Hugo for his story To Serve Man, which was also turned into one of the best-loved Twilight Zone episodes. Despite his skill as a fiction writer, Knight made his most significant impact as an editor, and as a critic, the latter of which he won a Hugo Award for.
Though he is not well-known outside of science fiction fandom, his impact on the genre is unquestioned by those within it. Knight helped found the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), the National Fantasy Fan Federation, the Milford Writer's Workshop, and the Clarion Writers Workshop. The SFWA Grand Master Award is actually named the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award, in Damon Knight's honor. Knight is also credited with coming up with the term "idiot plot" defined as a "plot that only works because everyone in the story is an idiot".
As a side note, Knight was married to fellow Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Kate Wilhelm.
My reviews of Damon Knight's books:
Other books by Damon Knight that I have read but not reviewed:
Short fiction by Damon Knight appearing in works that I have reviewed:
The Country of the Kind found in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume I, 1929-1964
I See You found in TV: 2000
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