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Standard Disclaimer:

This is a brief discussion of Kate Wilhelm and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Wilhelm.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Wilhelm: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Wilhelm tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Wilhelm worthy; in sum, to help you rank Kate Wilhelm (and the works by Wilhelm listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.


Secondary Disclaimer:
This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.

A Few Words About Kate Wilhelm

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed farther down this page.

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Other Kate Wilhelm Resources

To start with, she has her own web site, Kate Wilhelm. But after that, as is so puzzlingly often the case with writers both critically and popularly successful (at least within their genres), there is very little of an overall nature--the usual individual-book reviews, yes, but nontrivial analyses of her work as a whole, not much. There are, though, at least a couple of moderately useful pages: "Kate Wilhelm: An Appreciation" by Gordon Van Gelder at the F&SF site, and a collection of short but often useful critiques collected at the eNotes Wilhelm page.

There are quite a few one-off reviews of particular Wilhelm books--as always, Google Is Your Friend.


Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Kate Wilhelm *


(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)

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