(My Kate Wilhelm collection)
Today I learned on twitter that Kate Wilhelm passed away on March 8th. A sadness has descended far more than I thought it would for someone I’ve never met…. But the intimate activity of reading always casts an entrancing net of familiarity with the creation and creator. If she’s new to you, I recommend her most famous Hugo- and Nebula-winning fix-up novel Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (1976)–I’ve linked ta review from my friend Admiral Ironbombs. I’d returned to the novel myself over the last week in audiobook form on my drive to work. It’s as powerful and unsettling as I remember it from my first read-through as a teen somewhere between 2006 and 2008.
As frequent readers of my site might know, she is one of my favorite authors—especially in short story (novella) form–her short story collection The Downstairs Room and Other Speculative Fiction (1968) is required SF reading. My favorite short fiction includes the Nebula-nominated “Baby, You Were Great!” (1967) and the Nebula-Award winning “The Planners” (1968). They are entrancing, layered, and articulate visions… unforgettable.
In 2015 I put together a guest post series on her fiction. I’ve been included below my reviews and also those my guest reviewers.
If you have any favorite Wilhelm related-books/stories/memories/tangents/ thoughts/ruminations/reflections I’d love to know the comments!
List of my previously posted reviews
Collection: The Mile-Long Spaceship (1963)
Novel: Margaret and I (1971)
Novel: Juniper Time (1979)
List of Guest Posts
For reference, here is a complete list of her Hugo + Nebula nominations and wins (Because there were numerous changes to the award process over the years I have no included her stories/novels that were considered below the cutoff or preliminary nominations).
Nebula Award (14 nominations and 3 wins)
Best Novel nomination for The Clone (1965) with Theodore L. Thomas
Best Short Story nomination for “Baby, You Were Great!” (1967)
Best Short Story WIN for “The Planners” (1968)
Best Novelette nomination for “April Fools’ Day Forever” (1970)
Best Short Story nomination for “A Cold Dark Night with Snow” (1970)
Best Novel nomination for Margaret and I (1971)
Best Novella nomination for ”The Infinity Box” (1971) and “The Plastic Abyss” (1971)
Best Novelette nomination for “The Encounter” (1971)
Best Novelette nomination for “The Funeral” (1972)
Best Novel nomination for Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang (1976)
Best Novel nomination for Juniper Time (1979)
Best Novella nomination for “The Winter Beach” (1981)
Best Novella nomination for “The Gorgon Field” (1985)
Best Novelette WIN for “The Girl Who Fell from the Sky” (1986)
Best Short Story WIN for “Forever Yours, Anna” (1987)
Best Novella nomination for “Naming the Flowers” (1992)
Best Short story nomination for “I Know What You Are Thinking” (1994)
Hugo Award (4 nominations and 1 win)
Best Novelette nomination for “A Brother to Dragons, a Companion of Owls” (1974)
Best Novel WIN for Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (1976)
Best Novella nomination for “With Thimbles, With Forks, and Hope” (1981)
Best Short Story nomination for “Forever Yours, Anna” (1987)
Best Short Story nomination for “I Know What You’re Thinking” (1994)