Kate Wilhelm
Kate Wilhelm is an American writer whose works include science fiction
Science fiction
Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities...

, mystery
Mystery fiction
Mystery fiction is a loosely-defined term.1.It is often used as a synonym for detective fiction or crime fiction— in other words a novel or short story in which a detective investigates and solves a crime mystery. Sometimes mystery books are nonfiction...

, and fantasy
Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common...



Wilhelm was born in Toledo
Toledo, Ohio
Toledo is the fourth most populous city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Lucas County. Toledo is in northwest Ohio, on the western end of Lake Erie, and borders the State of Michigan...

, Ohio
Ohio is a Midwestern state in the United States. The 34th largest state by area in the U.S.,it is the 7th‑most populous with over 11.5 million residents, containing several major American cities and seven metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 or more.The state's capital is Columbus...


Her work has been published in Quark (the anthology series), Orbit (anthology series), Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Locus
Locus (magazine)
Locus, subtitled "The Magazine Of The Science Fiction & Fantasy Field", is published monthly in Oakland, California. It reports on the science fiction and fantasy publishing field, including comprehensive listings of all new books published in the genre. It is considered the news organ and trade...

, Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories was an American science fiction magazine launched in April 1926 by Hugo Gernsback's Experimenter Publishing. It was the first magazine devoted solely to science fiction...

, Asimov's Science Fiction
Asimov's Science Fiction
Asimov's Science Fiction is an American science fiction magazine which publishes science fiction and fantasy and perpetuates the name of author and biochemist Isaac Asimov...

, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine is an American monthly digest size fiction magazine specializing in crime fiction, particularly detective fiction...

, Fantastic (magazine)
Fantastic (magazine)
Fantastic was an American digest-size fantasy and science fiction magazine, published from 1952 to 1980. It was founded by Ziff-Davis as a fantasy companion to Amazing Stories. Early sales were good, and Ziff-Davis quickly decided to switch Amazing from pulp format to digest, and to cease...

, Omni
Omni (magazine)
OMNI was a science and science fiction magazine published in the US and the UK. It contained articles on science fact and short works of science fiction...

, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine is a monthly digest size fiction magazine specializing in crime and detective fiction. AHMM is named for Alfred Hitchcock, the famed director of suspense films and television.-History:...

and Cosmopolitan
Cosmopolitan (magazine)
Cosmopolitan is an international magazine for women. It was first published in 1886 in the United States as a family magazine, was later transformed into a literary magazine and eventually became a women's magazine in the late 1960s...

, among many other places.

She and her second husband, Damon Knight
Damon Knight
Damon Francis Knight was an American science fiction author, editor, critic and fan. His forte was short stories and he is widely acknowledged as having been a master of the genre.-Biography:...

, mentored many authors and helped to establish the Clarion Writers Workshop and the Milford Writer's Workshop
Milford Writer's Workshop
The Milford Writer's Workshop or more properly Milford Writers' Conference is an influential science fiction writer's event founded by Damon Knight among others in the mid-1950s in Milford, Pennsylvania...


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
Eugene, Oregon
Eugene is the second largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Lane County. It is located at the south end of the Willamette Valley, at the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette rivers, about east of the Oregon Coast.As of the 2010 U.S...


In 2009, she was the recipient of one of the first three Solstice Awards presented by the SFWA
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, or SFWA is a nonprofit association of professional science fiction and fantasy writers. It was founded in 1965 by Damon Knight under the name Science Fiction Writers of America, Inc. and it retains the acronym SFWA after a very brief use of the SFFWA...

 in recognition of her contributions to the field of science fiction..
She is also a recipient of the Kristen Lohman award.

Award winning fiction

  • Nebula Best Short story winner (1968) – "The Planners"
  • Hugo
    Hugo Award
    The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

     Best Novel winner (1977) – Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
    Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
    Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang is a science fiction novel by Kate Wilhelm, published in 1976. Parts of it appeared in Orbit 15 in 1974. It was the recipient of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1977, and was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1976...

  • Nebula Best Novelette winner (1986) – "The Girl Who Fell into the Sky"
  • Nebula
    Nebula Award
    The Nebula Award is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America , for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the previous year...

     Best Short story winner (1987) – "Forever Yours, Anna"

Barbara Holloway Novels

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)

Constance and Charlie novels and stories

  • 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)

Other novels and collections

  • More Bitter Than Death (1962)
  • The Mile-Long Spaceship (1963)
  • The Clone (1965) (with Theodore L. Thomas)
  • The Nevermore Affair (1966)
  • Andover and the Android (1966)
  • The Killer Thing (1967)
  • Let the Fire Fall (1969)
  • The Year of the Cloud (1970) (with Theodore L. Thomas
    Theodore L. Thomas
    Theodore Lockard Thomas is an American chemical engineer and attorney who wrote more than 50 science fiction short stories, published between the early 1950s to the late 1970s...

  • Margaret and I (1971)
  • City of Cain (1974)
  • The Infinity Box
    The Infinity Box
    The Infinity Box is a collection of science fiction and fantasy stories by Kate Wilhelm, published in hardcover by Harper & Row in 1975. It was reprinted in paperback by Pocket Books in 1976; a British edition was published by Arrow Books in 1979, and a French translation, Le Village, appeared in...

  • Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (1976)
  • The Clewiston Test (1976)
  • Fault Lines (1977)
  • Juniper Time (1979)
  • The Winter Beach (1981)
  • A Sense of Shadow (1981)
  • Listen, Listen (1981)
  • Oh, Susannah! (1982)
  • 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)
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