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Better than One

By Kate Wilhelm and Damon Knight

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An SF Gateway eBook: bringing the classics to the future.

A collection containing two short stories ("Semper Fi" and "Baby, You Were Great"), seven poems, and autobiographical introductions.

Biographical Notes

Kate Wilhelm (1928 - )Working name of the US writer Katie Gertrude Meridith Wilhelm Knight, born in Ohio in 1928. She won the Hugo Award for Best Novel with Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, and has won the Nebula Award three times. She was married to noted author and critic Damon Knight and together they have had a profound influence beyond their writing, through the Milford Science Fiction Writers' Conference and its offshoot, in which she was directly involved, the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop.Damon Francis Knight was born in Oregon in 1922. He is regarded as one of the most important figures in modern science fiction, having made significant contributions to the field as an author, editor and critic. He was one of the field's foremost anthologists. Beginning with reprint collections, in 1966 he launched the influential Orbit series of original anthologies. Starting with Orbit 1, the series would continue for over a decade, concluding in 1980 with Orbit 21. Damon Knight is best known in wider circles as the author of 'To Serve Mankind', which was adapted for The Twilight Zone and later spoofed in a Hallowe'en episode of The Simpsons. He was granted the SFWA's Grand Master Award in 1995, and in 2002, SFWA renamed it the Damon Knight Grand Master Award in his honour. He died in 2002.

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  • ISBN: 9780575120174
  • Publication date: 31 Mar 2014
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  • Imprint: Gateway
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