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Kate Wilhelm Books In Order

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Publication Order of Constance and Charlie Books

The Gorgon Field (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hamlet Trap (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Smart House (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweet, Sweet Poison (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Kinds of Death (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Flush of Shadows (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
All For One (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sister Angel (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Torch Song (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
With Thimbles, With Forks, and Hope (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whisper Her Name (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Barbara Holloway Books

Death Qualified (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Defense (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Malice Prepense / For the Defense (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Defense for the Devil (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Defense (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Desperate Measures (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clear and Convincing Proof (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Unbidden Truth (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sleight of Hand (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Wrongful Death (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cold Case (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heaven is High (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
By Stone By Blade By Fire (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mirror, Mirror (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Mile-Long Spaceship (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Bitter Than Death (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Clone (With: Theodore L. Thomas) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Andover and the Android (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nevermore Affair (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Killer Thing / The Killing Thing (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Let the Fire Fall (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Margaret and I (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
City of Cain (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Infinity Box (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Clewiston Test (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fault Lines (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Juniper Time (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Sense of Shadow (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Winter Beach (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oh, Susannah! (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Welcome, Chaos (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Huysman's Pets (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crazy Time (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cambio Bay (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Justice for Some (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Good Children (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Deepest Water (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skeletons (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Price of Silence (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of an Artist (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fullness of Time (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Girl Who Fell Into the Sky (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Forever Yours, Anna (in Omni) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naming the Flowers (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Know What You’re Thinking (in Asimov's) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moongate (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Between (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House Share (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Downstairs Room, The (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abyss (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Somerset Dreams and Other Fictions (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Better Than One (With: Damon Knight) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Listen, Listen (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Children of the Wind (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
And the Angels Sing (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fear is a Cold Black (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bird Cage (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Music Makers (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kate Wilhelm in Orbit, Volume One (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kate Wilhelm in Orbit, Volume Two (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yesterday's Tomorrows (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Hills Are Dancing (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Storyteller (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Orbit Science Fiction Yearbooks Books

with Brian W. Aldiss, Howard Waldrop, Felix C. Gotschalk, Lisa Tuttle, Lucius Shepard, Dan Simmons, Jonathan Carroll, Richard Kadrey, Marta Randall, John Clute, David S. Garnett
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook Two (By: David S. Garnett) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook Three (By: David S. Garnett) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Orbit 3(1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Orbit 6(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Orbit 11(1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Orbit 12(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Those Who Can: A Science Fiction Reader(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alpha 5(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nebula Awards 9(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clarion SF(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Sixth Annual Collection(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Aliens & Outworlders(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, October 1986(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Terry's Universe: Science fiction's finest writers join in honoring the memory of Terry Carr(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook 1(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Seventh Omni Book of Science Fiction(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New Horror 4(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Giant Book of Terror(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Omni Visions Two(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asimov's Science Fiction, November 1994(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angels!(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: The 50th Anniversary Anthology(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret History of Science Fiction(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2012(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Kate Wilhelm was an American writer born in 1928. Kate unfortunately passed away on March 8th, 2018.


Growing up as Kate Gertrude Meredith in Toledo Ohio, Kate Wilhelm, daughter to Jesse and Ann Meredith, attended high school in Louisville, Kentucky.

She dipped her toe into a number of fields, working as a model for a while before becoming a sales clerk, telephone operator, switchboard operator and eventually foraying into the world of insurance as an underwriter.

Kate married Joseph Wilhelm in 1947, the couple bearing two sons. They divorced in 1962, with Kate marrying Damon Knight in 1963. The couple lived in Eugene, Oregon until her husband’s death in 2002.

+Literary Career

Kate Wilhelm’s first published work ‘The Pint-Size Genie’ hit the shelves in October of 1956 in that month’s issue of Fantastic. One year later, one of her stories appeared in John W. Campbell’s Astounding Science Fiction, with nearly a dozen of her speculative stories eventually undergoing publication between 1958 and 1959.

The author’s first foray into the science fiction arena came in the form of ‘The Clone’, the story, published in 1965 and written with the assistance of Theodore L. Thomas, making waves at the Nebula Awards that year.

Over the last several decades, Kate Wilhelm’s works have appeared in publications like Orbit, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fantastic, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Locus, Omni and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine to mention but a few.

Her relationship with Damon Knight might have played a notable role in the success she received later on in life, Damon Knight having gained renown not only for the authors he mentored but his efforts in the establishment of the Milford Writer’s Workshop and the Clarion Writer’s Workshop.

Kate Wilhelm has made an effort to continuing hosting monthly workshops since her husband’s death.


Kate Wilhelm has won many awards during her many years as an author, this not taking into account her induction into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2003.

She received the Solstice Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2009, the purpose of which was to recognize the significant impact she had had upon the science fiction arena.

She has also won the Nebula Award for Best Short Story (1968), the Hugo Award for Best Novel (1977) and the Locus Award for Best Novel (1977) to mention but a few.

Kate Wilhelm’s works are diverse, ranging from mysteries to courtroom dramas and science fiction stories.

+Huysman’s Pet

Stanley Huysman is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist. He has spent the last few years of his life pursuing far-out experiments that have never attracted much interest from the scientific community.

It isn’t until Huysman finally dies that his visionary genius becomes clear, this after Irma, his window contracts the services of Drew Lancaster to write Stanley’s Biography.

Upon exploring Stanley’s files and notes, Drew comes to learn of the extent of Huysman’s success, that he had actually induced telepathy in his subjects via genetic manipulation.

More than that, Clyde Dohemy, Stanley’s assistant, had taken over the project with the purpose of attracting lucrative funding.

Driven to act, Drew seeks out the assistance of his ex-wife along with Irma and a collection of young individuals that knew about Huysman’s experiments with the purpose of trapping Dohemy. Instead, the group is drawn into a web of secrets involving gambling casinos, senate files, and the secret service.

Huysman’s pet is an irresistible read especially for science fiction fans, painting images of mad scientists, experimental primates, and devious conspiracies; one of Kate Wilhelm’s more notable science fiction stories, the book centers upon Drew Lancaster, a biographer that begins poking around Stanley Husyman’s life, the secrets he stumbles upon changing his life forever.

The subplots that weave through the story are shockingly entertaining, this including the secret service agent determined to bring Drew to justice for counterfeiting.

Drew’s numerous attempts to seduce and sleep with a beautiful researcher make for many lighthearted and almost humorous chapters; the drama surrounding his relationship with his wife, their amicable divorce and the forces that keep pulling them back together provides the meat of the story in many cases.

Most readers will find Drew’s twelve-year-old daughter particularly likable, the young lady written to resemble the sort of character whose company you would thoroughly enjoy.

While the novel is filled to the brim with clues about the true nature of Husyman’s experiments, Huysman’s pet doesn’t particularly emphasize the mystery aspects of the story, at least not in a manner that would satisfy mystery fans.

More than that, though, the novel is a little light on the science. However, while the plot is, for the most part, unbelievable, hardly suspenseful, scary or even original, Huysman’s Pet is none the less worth the read, funny, well-written and highly engaging.

+Welcome, Chaos

Lyle Taney chose to abandon her teaching job to live high in the mountains not only because she wanted to research the ways of eagles but because of her intention to begin writing her next book.

Lasater is an unscrupulous character, a skilled operative that always thought he could maneuver Lyle as he pleased, certain that women simply lacked the ability to make moral or ethical decisions.

He comes learns how wrong his assumptions are. When the obscure government agent from a mysterious department attempts to force Lyle to spy on her mysterious neighbors, she makes every effort to resist him.

She is unaware of the role she is about to play in a life and death struggle.

‘Welcome, Chaos’ is one of Kate Wilhelm’s earliest works. Exploring science fiction long before Kate had begun blending her science fiction stories with mystery elements, the story of ‘Welcome, Chaos’ revolves around a suspicious serum capable of stopping the aging process and over which various cold war factions are fighting.

Kate Wilhelm emphasizes the natural landscape in this novel even while exploring the psychological aspects of her characters and their plots in great detail.

The book can be referred to as being highly descriptive, representing the thoughtfulness of the writer author behind it. Admittedly, as a result, the plot takes a while to progress, the meat of the novel only coming into play several chapters down the line.

While hardly Kate Wilhelm’s best or most entertaining novel, ‘Welcome, Chaos’ is none the less worth reading, Kate’s characters making for some interesting chapters.

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