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QUIZ: SF Husbands & Wives

Quiz time!

Name the SF author who is/was married to each of the following SF authors:

  • Nancy Kress

  • Robert Silverberg

  • Henry Kuttner

  • Vernor Vinge

  • Spider Robinson

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11 Comments on QUIZ: SF Husbands & Wives

  1. Let’s see…

    Nancy Kress was married to Charles Sheffield, who unfortunately, has passed away all too soon.

    Robert Silverberg was married to Barbara Silverberg (don’t know maiden name), he wrote one story that I think was turned into a novel? He is (AFAIK) married to Karen Haber, with whom he has written at least one collaboration.

    Henry Kuttner was married to C.L. Moore. They wrote many stories as Lewis Padgett and a whole host of other names such as Paul Edmonds. Several of the stories in my “year in shorts” list were by them as Padgett and other names. There is some debate whether they always collaborated when using a pseudonym, but solo, together–they were great writers!

    Vernor Vinge was married to Joan Vinge. AFAIK, they never worked together, but they remain friends and she helped him on some of the recent stuff (like “Fire in the Deeps”). She wrote one of my favorite books, from a collection of short stories, “The Outcasts of Heaven Belt”. A few years ago Locus indicated that a new and “complete” edition would be coming, I’m still waiting on that one!

    Spider Robinson is married to Jeanne Robinson, who is a dancer/choreaographer. They co-wrote the three “Stardance” novels and she has given him input on the “Callahan” books and stories.

    O.K., one for you…Who was Don A. Stuart and where did the name come from?

  2. Damn your good….

  3. Um, is it cheating to use Google?

  4. I think it would be cheating, I started to do that, but then deleted the comment for fear of unrelenting bashing from the SciFi fangirls of this site. But Fred’s rendition shows that he did more than just typing in “[author’s name] bio” in his google toolbar and clicking the appropriate result link.

    PS: My use of the term fangirl is not to insult but rather to placate — see how here.

  5. Affirmative. Ascertaining the necessary data by way of examinatory electronic robotica such as the aforementioned Google is not only cheating, it is dishonest, insincere and just plain epistemologically amoral. [Fifth grade translation: Yeah, using Google is cheating, Butthead. And making up words will hopefully raise our Lix score]

    Damn, Fred. I am obviously outclassed in the arena of sf minutia. Don A. Stuart, if memory serves (for using Google is epistemologically amoral or some such) is a pseudonym for John W. Campbell, who used the name for (at least) the fantabulous (Lix++) story Who Goes There? Which was the basis for the movie The Thing (a b/w original and a John Carpenter remake starring Kurt ?How is it I managed to dress like Elvis twice in my career? Russell.

  6. I nominate John and Fred to be the SciFi geek (yes, singular — I’m imagining some sort of head-grafting procedure will be necessary) on the game show Beat the Geeks (if it’s still on the air…)

  7. With 5,000 or so SF books at home…do I really **need** Google?

    Seriously, no computer aided devices/programs, etc. were used. The only name I had to double check on was Robert Silverberg; all the others are ones I knew without flipping any pages (the old fashioned way to search).

    As for Don A. Stuart…that was a pseudonym of John W. Campbell, Jr. He was so popular as a space opera author that he used his wife’s maiden name (Donna Stuart) to create an alter ego for stories such as “Twilight”, “Cloak of Aesir” and others where he moved away from space opera.

    O.K. class, how about Anson MacDonald?

  8. You got me there. I had to Google the answer.

    I’m going to have to bookmark a pseudonyms page if you keep at it. Any more sf couples?

  9. SF couples?

    Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton are two that come to mind.

    Isaac Asimov co-wrote some stuff with his second wife, Janet Eppson (Asimov). She most recently edited the latest version of his autobiography, “It’s Been a Good Life” (compiled from “In Memory Still Green…”, “In Joy Still Felt” and the later “I, Asimov”).

    I’d have to dig through the files (memory or otherwise) to come up with more. If I look through James Gunn’s “Alternate Worlds”, I’d probably find a lot of “Golden Age” couples.

    Here’s one! Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson. Nope, not married or going steady, just a couple of good writer’s who also did some good collaborations!

    Also, Fred Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth.

    Oh yes, A.E. Van Vogt wrote one or two with one of his wives, E. Mayne Hull. I think Hull may have done a novel or two solo.

    More when the dusty drawers of memory shake something else out.

  10. I knew about Asimov’s wife, but I thought the Norby author was a bit too unknown. And now that you mention Brackett/Hamilton, it rings a bell.

    I read The Space Merchants a couple of months ago and loved it. I did not care for the sequel (you know this already…you posted a comment on the review…you rascal).

  11. Just an FYI. Barbary Silverberg’s maiden name was Brown

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