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Name: Damon Knight  
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Date of Birth: 19th September 1922
Place of Birth: Baker City, Oregon, USA
Profession: Writer
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Damon Knight (September 19, 1922 – April 15, 2002) was a science fiction author, editor, and critic.

His first story was published in 1941. He was a recipient of the Hugo Award, founder of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), cofounder of the National Fantasy Fan Federation, cofounder of the Milford Writers' Conference, and cofounder of the Clarion Writers Workshop. Knight lived in Eugene, Oregon, United States, with his wife Kate Wilhelm.

At that time of his first story, 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.

The SFFWA's Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement was renamed in his honor. Formerly known as the Grand Master Award, Knight received that honor in 1994.

Writings of Damon Knight (partial list)


  • Hell's Pavement (1955)
  • VOR (with James Blish) (1958)
  • Masters of Evolution (1959)
  • The People Maker (1959)
  • The Sun Saboteurs (1961)
  • Beyond the Barrier (1964)
  • Mind Switch (1965)
  • Off Centre (1965)
  • The Rithian Terror (1965)
  • The Earth Quarter (1970)
  • World without Children (1970)
  • The World and Thorinn (1980)
  • The Man in the Tree (1984)
  • Double Meaning (1991)
  • God's Nose (1991)
  • Why Do Birds (1992)
  • Humpty Dumpty: An Oval (1996)

Short Stories and other writings:

  • "Not with a Bang" (1949)
  • "To Serve Man" (1950)
  • "The Country of the Kind" (1955)
  • The Futurians (memoir/history)
  • In Search of Wonder (collected reviews and critical pieces)
  • Turning Points (editor/contributor: critical anthology)
  • Orbit (the anthology series) (editor)

To the general public, he is best known as the author of To Serve Man, which was adapted for The Twilight Zone.

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