Kate Wilhem, renowned Hugo-winning science fiction and fantasy writer and co-founder of the Clarion Writer’s Workshop and the Milford Writer’s Workshop with her husband Damon Knight, has passed away following a short illness. She was 90.
From the Facebook page of her son Richard Wilhelm:
We are saddened to announce the passing of Kate Wilhelm, on March 8, 2018, in Eugene, Oregon, following a brief illness. Her warmth, humor, and immense talent will be deeply missed. Her life as a loving mother, prolific author, friend, and generous mentor will be cherished by many. We’re proud to continue her legacy, publishing her backlist and recent work through infinityboxpress.com
An obituary will run in next Sunday’s Eugene Register-Guard. We’ll respond to comments on her Facebook page (Kate Wilhelm) and the InfinityBox Press page as well. A celebration of life will be held in Eugene on Friday, June 8, 2018, Kate’s birthday. Details will be announced.
A wonderful tribute to Kate, written by Gordon Van Gelder, former editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction may be found at infinityboxpress.com/about.php
Her first published short fiction was “The Pint-Size Genie” in the October 1956 issue of Fantastic, edited by Paul W. Fairman (assisted by Cele Goldsmith, who was responsible for looking at unsolicited submissions to the magazine). The next year, her first accepted story, “The Mile-Long Spaceship”, was published 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 science fiction novel 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.
She was also a significant writer of mystery novels, writing perhaps as many of these as she wrote in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Among her many achievements was the Hugo Award and Nebula Award nomination for her book Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, published in 1976. In 2016, the SFWA renamed the Solstice Award to the Kate Wilhem Stolstice Award.