|Moore with husband Kuttner|
Today marks the 101st anniversary of the birth of C. L. Moore. Moore was an innovative writer who got her start in Weird Tales with the classic story “Shambleau”, which introduced the Han Solo prototype Northwest Smith. She also created Jirel of Joiry, one of the pioneering heroines of sword and sorcery. After her marriage to Henry Kuttner, most of her output was collaborative and mainly science fiction.
I wrote a more extensive tribute last year, albeit a day late. I’ll not repeat myself this year, except to say, go read her. Right now. Turn off the computer, put down the tablet, and go read her. Okay, you can leave the tablet on if you download one of her stories. She’s too important a figure in the field to be forgotten. While I’m sure others have written tributes today, I haven’t seen any. Of course the best tribute you can pay authors is to read their works.