Henry Kuttner (1915 – 1958) was an American author of science fiction, fantasy and horror.
Kuttner was known for his literary prose and worked in close collaboration with his wife, C. L. Moore. They met through their association with the "Lovecraft Circle", a group of writers and fans who corresponded with H. P. Lovecraft. Their work together spanned the 1940s and 1950s and most of the work was credited to pseudonyms, mainly Lewis Padgett and Lawrence O'Donnell. In fact he and C.L. Moore has over 17 different Pseudonyms. Both freely admitted that one reason they worked so much together was because his page rate was higher than hers.
A friend of Lovecraft's as well as of Clark Ashton Smith, Kuttner contributed several stories to the Cthulhu Mythos genre invented by those authors (among others).
Catherine Lucille Moore (1911–1987) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer, as C. L. Moore. She was one of the first women to write in the genre, and paved the way for many other female writers in speculative fiction.
Moore met Henry Kuttner, also a science fiction writer, in 1936 when he wrote her a fan letter (mistakenly thinking that "C. L. Moore" was a man), and they married in 1940.
Afterwards, almost all of their stories were written in collaboration under various pseudonyms, most commonly “Lewis Padgett”. (Another pseudonym, one Moore often employed for works that involved little or no collaboration, was "Lawrence O’Donnell".)
In this very prolific partnership they managed to combine Moore's style with Kuttner's more cerebral storytelling. Their stories include the classic "Mimsy were the Borogoves" (the basis for the film The Last Mimzy) and "Vintage Season".
From LibriVox.Org and Archive.Org:
1. The Creature from Beyond Infinity - Henry Kuttner
A lone space traveler arrives on Earth seeking a new planet to colonize, his own world dead. At the same time a mysterious plague has infected Earth that will wipe out all life. Can a lone scientist stop the plague and save the world? Or will the alien find himself on another doomed planet?
2. The Ego Machine - Henry Kuttner
Celebrated playwright Nicholas Martin didn’t read the small print in his Hollywood options contract. Now he’s facing five years of servitude to a conceited director named Raoul St. Cyr, who’s taken a thoughtful play about Portuguese fishermen and added dancing mermaids. When it seems the plot has changed to include a robot from the future Nicholas looses all hope, but this robot may be just what he needs to win his freedom. – The Ego Machine was first published in the May, 1952 issue of Space Science Fiction magazine.
3. Where The World Is Quiet by Henry Kuttner (15th story in short sci fi stories # 33)
C.L. Moore's Northwest Smith stories are tales of eldritch horror in the spaceways of the Solar System. This is a very short vignette she wrote, giving us some clues into what makes Northwest Smith tick.
Catherine Lucille Moore was a fantasy and science fiction writer known for the horror-themed fantasy and sf stories, as well as more straightforward sf. Both in collaboration with her first husband Henry Kuttner (and others) and on her own, she used several pseudonyms as well as "C.L. Moore". Her series include: Jirel of Joiry, Northwest Smith, Robots Have No Tails, Baldy/Mutant, Hogben, Hollywood on the Moon, and so on.
5. The Tree of Life by C. L. Moore (12th story in sci fi story collection # 38)
6. The Secret of Kralitz - Kenry Kuttner (6th story from Ghost Collection # 10)
7. Sci-Fi Radio 14&15 - Vintage Season by H Kuttner & C.L. Moore (play)
1. Fury - Henry Kuttner
2. Elak - The Spawn Of Dagon - Henry Kuttner
3. Prince Raynor - Cursed Be the City - Henry Kuttner
4. The Dark World - Henry Kuttner
5. The Valley Of the Flame - Henry Kuttner
6. The Creature From Beyond Infinity 1-3 - Henry Kuttner
7. The Time Axis - Henry Kuttner
8. We Guard the Black Planet - Henry Kuttner
From Mind Webs & NPR Sci Fi Radio:
1. 06 -Mindwebs-761231 Absalome - Henry Kuttner
2. 83 - Mindwebs-790120 - Don't Look Now - Henry Kuttner
3. NPR - 10 - The Twonky - Henry Kuttner
4. NPR - 14 - Vintage Season - Henry Kuttner and C L Moore
Northwest Smith (written by CL Moore) is a spaceship pilot and smuggler who lives in an undisclosed future time when humanity has colonized the solar system. See stories below.
The stories are set in a milieu common to science fiction stories of the pulp era. All of the planets of the system are able to support life and have their own civilizations. Many of the intelligent races living on the planets have comparatively primitive cultures. The relationship of the "planetary primitives" to the earth colonists is analogous to the situation of Native Americans, Africans and other indigenous people facing colonialism. Exceptions to this rule are the planets Mars and Venus which Moore depicts as having ancient and decadent cultures (which might stand for China and other ancient Asian cultures, as they seemed to Westerners at the time).
1. Northwest Smith - Tree Of Life - C. L. Moore
"The Tree of Life" (Weird Tales, October 1936). In the ruins of Illar, Northwest finds out more about the Martian drylanders' past.
2. Northwest Smith - Nymph Of Darkness - C. L. Moore
Nymph of Darkness" (Fantasy Magazine fanzine, April 1935; written with Forrest J. Ackerman)
3. Northwest Smith - Werewoman - C. L. Moore
"Werewoman" (Leaves fanzine, Winter 1938/39)
4. Northwest Smith and Jirel Of Joiry - Quest Of the Starstone - C. L. Moore
"Quest of the Starstone" (Weird Tales, November 1937; written with Henry Kuttner)
5. Northwest Smith - Song In A Minor Key - C. L. Moore
"Song in a Minor Key" (Scienti-Snaps fanzine, February 1940). Northwest meditates on his own past life.
6. Northwest Smith - Lost Paradise - C. L. Moore
"Lost Paradise" (Weird Tales, July 1936). A little old man with a big secret helps Northwest learn more about ancient Lunar history.
7. Northwest Smith - Yvala - C. L. Moore
"Yvala" (Weird Tales, February 1936). Northwest and Yarol go looking to capture slave-women on one of Jupiter's moons and find out more about themselves.
8. Northwest Smith - Julhi - C. L. Moore
Julhi" (Weird Tales, March 1935). Northwest takes a wrong turn in the ruins of Vonng, Venus