(1922 - Apr 15, 2002)
Hugo-winning SF writer, fan, critic, editor, and co-founder of two of the most durable fannish organizations ever: N3F and SFWA. (He later said that both were mistakes.) In his youth he published the fanzine Snide, he began selling his SF writing in 1941, and was a member of the Futurians which he described in detail in his memoir The Futurians. He published It with Larry Shaw.
He was the founding editor of the SFWA Bulletin. With James Blish and Judith Merril he also founded the Milford Science Fiction Writers’ Conference in 1956 (and directed it for its first twenty years), and in 1968 helped to found the Clarion SF Writers’ Workshop.
He began his editing career in 1943 with Popular Publication, worked for a while for a literary agency, then returned to Popular Publications and assisted Ejler Jakobsson at Super Science Stories. He left Super Science Stories in 1950 to become editor of Worlds Beyond. He wrote for television, including Captain Video and His Video Rangers, and returned to professional editing with IF in 1958. He is credited with creating the original anthology with his influential Orbit series starting in 1966 and also began the Nebula Award Winners series from SFWA.
The 3rd issue of the fanzine Fanhistory, dated April 1956, was devoted to Knight and his work. "All in a Knight's Work" by James Blish appeared in Speculation 29 (1971). Knight was interviewed in the March, 1972 issue (#34) of the fanzine Luna Monthly, and in Eternity Science Fiction #4 (February, 1975). Over the years he has been featured in several isues of The National Fantasy Fan (he is credited with founding the National Fantasy Fan Federation, or N3F). The Knight Manuscript Collection is held at the George Arents Research Library, Manuscript Division, Syracuse University.
Other Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1967 — Boskone 4
- 1970 — Balticon 4
- 1975 — Pilgrim Award
- 1977 — Westercon 30, Jupiter Award for Short Story
- 1978 — AggieCon IX
- 1985 — Boskone 22
- 1986 — Minicon 21
- 1988 — Rustycon 5
- 1994 — 1994 World Fantasy Convention, SFWA Grand Master
- 1995 — Fourth Street Fantasy 1995
- 1996 — Raymond Z. Gallun Award
- 2003 — Posthumous induction into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame
- The SFWA Grand Master Award is named after him.
For more on his career, see http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/knight_damon
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