Henry Kuttner

Henry Kuttner

Henry Kuttner was, alone and in collaboration with his wife, the great science fiction and fantasy writer C. L. Moore, one of the four or five most important writers of the 1940s, the writer whose work went furthest in its sociological and psychological insight to making science fiction a human as well as technological literature. He was an important influence upon every contemporary and every science fiction writer who succeeded him. In the early 1940s and under many pseudonyms, Kuttner and Moore published very widely through the range of the science fiction and fantasy pulp markets. Their fantasy novels, all of them for the lower grade markets like Future, Thrilling Wonder, and Planet Stories, are forgotten now; their science fiction novels, Fury and Mutant, are however well regarded. There is no question but that Kuttner's talent lay primarily in the shorter form; Mutant is an amalgamation of five novelettes and Fury, his only true science fiction novel, is considered as secondary material. There are, however, 40 or 50 shorter works which are among the most significant achievements in the field and they remain consistently in print. The critic James Blish, quoting a passage from Mutant about the telepathic perception of the little blank, silvery minds of goldfish, noted that writing of this quality was not only rare in science fiction but rare throughout literature: "The Kuttners learned a few thing writing for the pulp magazines, however, that one doesn't learn reading Henry James." In the early 1950s, Kuttner and Moore, both citing weariness with writing, even creative exhaustion, turned away from science fiction; both obtained undergraduate degrees in psychology from the University of Southern California and Henry Kuttner, enrolled in an MA program, planned to be a clinical psychologist. A few science fiction short stories and novelettes appeared (Humpty Dumpty finished the Baldy series in 1953). Those stories -- Home There Is No Returning, Home Is the Hunter, Two-Handed Engine, and Rite of Passage -- were at the highest level of Kuttner's work. He also published three mystery novels with Harper & Row (of which only the first is certainly his; the other two, apparently, were farmed out by Kuttner to other writers when he found himself incapable of finishing them).Henry Kuttner died suddenly in his sleep, probably from a stroke, in February 1958; Catherine Moore remarried a physician and survived him by almost three decades but she never published again. She remained in touch with the science fiction community, however, and was Guest of Honor at the World Convention in Denver in 198l. She died of complications of Alzheimer's Disease in 1987.His pseudonyms include:Edward J. Bellin Paul Edmonds Noel Gardner Will Garth James Hall Keith Hammond Hudson Hastings Peter Horn Kelvin Kent Robert O. Kenyon C. H. Liddell Hugh Maepenn Scott Morgan Lawrence O'Donnell Lewis Padgett Woodrow Wilson Smith Charles Stoddard
Robots Have No Tails, Henry Kuttner
Henry Kuttner
The Dark World (with linked TOC)
Earth's Last Citadel, C.L.Moore, Henry Kuttner
C.L.Moore, Henry Kuttner
Earth's Last Citadel
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Elak of Atlantis, Henry Kuttner
Henry Kuttner
Elak of Atlantis
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The Time Trap, Henry Kuttner
Henry Kuttner
The Time Trap
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Henry Kuttner
The Ego Ma­chine
Henry Kuttner
The Ego Machine
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Henry Kuttner
The Crea­ture from Be­yond In­fin­ity
Ahead of Time, Henry Kuttner
Henry Kuttner
Ahead of Time
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Henry Kuttner
Where the World is Quiet
Henry Kuttner
Where the World is Quiet
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Henry Kuttner
The Se­cret of Kralitz
Henry Kuttner
The Secret of Kralitz
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Murder of a Wife, Henry Kuttner
Henry Kuttner
Murder of a Wife
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The Murder of Eleanor Pope, Henry Kuttner
Murder of a Mistress, Henry Kuttner
Clash by Night, Henry Kuttner
Henry Kuttner
Clash by Night
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The Murder of Ann Avery, Henry Kuttner
Prince Raynor, Henry Kuttner
Henry Kuttner
Prince Raynor
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The Book of Iod, Henry Kuttner
Henry Kuttner
The Book of Iod
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The Best of C.L. Moore & Henry Kuttner, C.L.Moore, Henry Kuttner
Salem Horror, Henry Kuttner
Henry Kuttner
Salem Horror
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