Damon Knight

Knight is a Hugo Award winner, founder of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), cofounder of the National Fantasy Fan Federation,and cofounder of the Clarion Writers Workshop.

In a series of reviews for various magazines, he became famous as a science fiction critic, a career which began when he wrote in 1945 that A. E. van Vogt “is not a giant as often maintained. He’s only a pygmy who has learned to operate an overgrown typewriter.” After nine years, he ceased reviewing when a magazine refused to publish one review exactly as he wrote it. These reviews were later collected in In Search of Wonder.

The SFWA officers and past presidents named Knight its 13th Grand Master in 1994 (presented 1995). After his 2002 death the associated award was renamed in his honor, the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted him in 2003.

To the general public, he is best known as the author of “To Serve Man”, a 1950 short story that was adapted for The Twilight Zone. It won a 50-year Retro Hugo in 2001 as the best short story of 1950, which predated the Hugo Awards. His only Hugo Award was the “Best Reviewer” in 1956.

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