C. L. Moore

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(January 24, 1911 – April 4, 1987)

C. L. Moore.

Catherine Lucille Moore, a U.S. pro writer, made her name in the 1930s writing for Weird Tales, with many classic stories such as "Shambleau" and the Jirel of Joiry series. She soon also began writing for Astounding. She published under her initials to keep her employers at Fletcher Trust from knowing that she was working as a writer on the side.

According to Sam Moskowitz, when Farnsworth Wright found "Shambleau" in the slush pile, he handed the manuscript to E. Hoffmann Price and said, "For Christ's sake, Plato [his nickname for Price], who is C. L. Moore? He, she, or it is colossal!"

When she married fellow pro Henry Kuttner in 1940, they formed a writing team so close that they themselves could not tell who wrote what. (The byline on stories said nothing about who wrote it.) They frequently used the pseudonyms Lewis Padgett and Lawrence O'Donnell. Other classic stories included "No Woman Born", "Clash by Night" and "Vintage Season". She was an active member of The Pinckard Salon.

After Kuttner died of a heart attack in 1958, Moore never returned to writing SF, instead writing scripts for television shows. Later, she stopped writing entirely.

Entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

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