Fantasy and science fiction author C. L. Moore was born this day in 1911. After her marriage, her writing was overshadowed by that of her husband Henry Kuttner. This was in part because Kuttner’s byline got a higher word rate that hers.
Even so, Moore had a major impact on the field. Her Jirel of Joiry was one of the first women fighters in the field of sword and sorcery, a direct forerunner of Red Sonja. And Northwest Smith was clearly one of the models for Han Solo.
I started a series of posts last year taking an in-depth look at the Northwest Smith stories. I stopped when I got to “Nymph of Darkness”. This was co-written with Forrest J. Ackerman. I have a book in which Ackerman discusses the story. Unfortunately, it was not on the shelf. I finally found the book in a box that hadn’t been unpacked from when we moved in 2012. Look for more Northwest Smith posts soon.
Decades Years ago, when I was in college, I saw an autograph book that contained pictures of science fiction and fantasy writers, one per page. The page for C. L. Moore had a picture of her sitting on what appeared to be the back steps of a house. I’ve not seen that picture since. It doesn’t appear to be online anywhere. If anyone has a copy of that picture, I would appreciate your sending it to me.
For those who are interested, as well as the morbidly curious, here are the Northwest Smith posts I’ve done so far: