- Category : Writers-Fiction
- Type : ME
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- Incarnation Cross : RAX Rulership 2
Kate Wilhelm (born June 8, 1928) is an American writer.
Katie Gertrude Meredith was born in Toledo, Ohio, daughter of Jesse and Ann Meredith. Graduated high school in Louisville, Kentucky and worked as a model, telephone operator, sales clerk, switchboard operator, and underwriter for an insurance company. Married first in 1947 to Joseph Wilhelm, and had two sons. Divorced in 1962, and married again to Damon Knight in 1963. She and her husband lived in Eugene, Oregon, until 2002, the time of his death, and she continues living there.
Her first published short fiction was "The Pint-Size Genie" in the October 1956 issue of Fantastic, edited by Paul W. Fairman. Next year she placed one story in John W. Campbell's Astounding Science Fiction, and ten of her speculative fiction stories were published during 1958 and 1959. Her debut novel was a murder mystery, More Bitter Than Death (Simon & Schuster, 1963), and her first science fiction debut, The Clone (1965) by Wilhelm and Theodore L. Thomas, was a finalist for the annual Nebula Award.
Her work has been published in Quark/, Orbit, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Locus, Amazing Stories, Asimov's Science Fiction, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Fantastic, Omni, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Cosmopolitan, among many other places.
She and her second husband, Damon Knight, mentored many authors and helped to establish the Clarion Writers Workshop and the Milford Writer's Workshop.
Since the death of Damon Knight in 2002, Wilhelm has continued to host monthly workshops, as well as lecturing at other events.
Kate Wilhelm lives in Eugene, Oregon.
In 2012, Kate Wilhelm, along with Richard Wilhelm, Sue Arbuthnot, and Jonathan Knight, formed InfinityBox Press, LLC to publish all of Kate's new and legacy works as e-books.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame inducted Wilhelm in 2003, its eighth class of two deceased and two living writers.
In 2009 she received one of three inaugural Solstice Awards from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (founded by Knight in 1965), which recognize "significant impact on the science fiction or fantasy landscape".
She also won a few annual genre awards for particular works:
Nebula Award for Best Short Story, 1968, "The Planners"
Hugo Award for Best Novel and Locus Award for Best Novel, both 1977, Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
Nebula Award for Best Novelette, 1986, "The Girl Who Fell into the Sky"
Nebula Award for Best Short Story, 1987, "Forever Yours, Anna"
Hugo Award (best related book) and Locus Award (best nonfiction), both 2006, Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop (Small Beer Press, 2005; ISBN 0-7394-5613-X)
The Hugo- and Locus Award winning novel Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang was also a finalist for the Nebula Award, winner of the short-lived Jupiter Award from science fiction instructors, and third place for the academic John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.