Kate Wilhelm

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Not to be confused with Kati Wilhelm.
Kate Wilhelm
Born Katie Gertrude Meredith
(1928-06-08) June 8, 1928 (age 87)
Toledo, Ohio, USA
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period 1956–present
Genre Science fiction, mystery, fantasy

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.[1] Her debut novel was a murder mystery, More Bitter Than Death (Simon & Schuster, 1963), and her science fiction debut, The Clone (1965) by Wilhelm and Theodore L. Thomas, was a finalist for the annual Nebula Award.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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".[4][5]

She also won a few annual genre awards for particular works:[4]

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.[4]


Barbara Holloway novels[edit]

Barbara Holloway is an attorney in Eugene, Oregon. She is intelligent, courageous, and compassionate. Along with her semi-retired lawyer father, Frank Holloway, and a cast of supporting characters, Ms. Holloway uncovers the truth and fights for justice. These mysteries combine detective fiction with courtroom drama.

  • Death Qualified: A Mystery of Chaos (1991)
  • The Best Defense (1994)
  • For the Defense also named Malice Prepense in hardbound editions (1996)
  • Defense for the Devil (1999)
  • No Defense (2000)
  • Desperate Measures (2001)
  • Clear and Convincing Proof (2003)
  • The Unbidden Truth (2004)
  • Sleight Of Hand (2006)
  • A Wrongful Death (2007)
  • Cold Case (2008)
  • Heaven is High (2011)
  • By Stone By Blade By Fire (2012)

Constance and Charlie novels and stories[edit]

  • The Hamlet Trap (1987)
  • The Dark Door (1988)
  • Smart House (1989)
  • Sweet, Sweet Poison (1990)
  • Seven Kinds of Death (1992)
  • A Flush of Shadows (1995)
  • The Casebook of Constance and Charlie Volumes 1 and 2 (1999)
  • Whisper Her Name (2012)

Other novels and collections[edit]

  • More Bitter Than Death (1962)
  • The Mile-Long Spaceship (1963)
  • The Clone (1965), by Wilhelm and Theodore L. Thomas
  • The Nevermore Affair (1966)
  • Andover and the Android (1966)
  • The Killer Thing (1967)
  • The Downstairs Room (1968)[7]
  • Let the Fire Fall (1969)
  • The Year of the Cloud (1970), by Wilhelm and Thomas
  • Abyss: Two Novellas (1971)[8]
  • Margaret and I (1971)
  • City of Cain (1974)
  • The Infinity Box (1975)
  • Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (1976)
  • The Clewiston Test (1976)
  • Fault Lines (1977)
  • Somerset Dreams and Other Fiction (1978)[9]
  • Juniper Time (1979)
  • The Winter Beach (1981)
  • A Sense of Shadow (1981)
  • Listen, Listen (1981)
  • Oh, Susannah! (1982)[10]
  • Welcome, Chaos (1983)
  • Huysman's Pets (1985)
  • Crazy Time (1988)
  • Children of the Wind (1989)
  • Cambio Bay (1990)
  • Naming the Flowers (1992)
  • And the Angels Sing (1992)
  • Justice for Some (1993)
  • The Good Children (1998)
  • The Deepest Water (2000)
  • Skeletons: A Novel of Suspense (2002)
  • The Price of Silence (2005)
  • Death of an Artist (2012)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Kate Wilhelm at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). Retrieved 2013-04-18. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
  2. ^ "Literally Eugene". The Register-Guard. Eugene, OR. Dec 7, 2007. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  3. ^ "Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame". Mid American Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions, Inc. Retrieved 2013-03-26. This was the official website of the hall of fame to 2004.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Wilhelm, Kate". The Locus Index to SF Awards: Index of Literary Nominees. Locus Publications. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  5. ^ Nebula Awards Ceremony 2009. Los Angeles, CA: SFWA. 2009. p. 13. 
  6. ^ a b c "SFWA Nebula Awards". Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  7. ^ The downstairs room,: And other speculative fiction. Amazon.com product page.
  8. ^ "Abyss: Two Novellas". Goodreads.
  9. ^ "Somerset Dreams And Other Fictions". Goodreads.
  10. ^ Oh, Susannah!. Amazon product page.

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