Clifford Donald Simak

Clifford Donald Simak

Millville, Grant County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 25 Apr 1988 (aged 83)
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Garden Wall Section 404 Tier 2 Crypt F
Memorial ID 63527113 · View Source
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Science Fiction Author. Clifford Simak was born in Millville, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He married Agnes Kuchenberg in 1929, and they had two children, Scott and Shelly. A voracious reader, even as a child, he discovered the works of H. G. Wells, and began a lifelong interest in the science fiction genre. While working for various newspapers in the midwest, he began publishing stories for the "pulp" trade, in "Wonder Stories" and "Astounding" between 1931 and 1933. In 1939, he began working for the Minneapolis Star, where he would remain until he retired in 1976. He wrote only one science fiction story between 1933 and 1937, but on his return to the field he became a prolific writer, producing many of his works during the "Golden Age" of science fiction. He developed a very gentle style of writing, with subtle humor and religious themes providing a framework for many of his stories. His main protagonists were often portrayed as simple, rural characters caught up in events beyond their understanding, who neverless manage to turn the situation they find themselves in to their own advantage. His non-human characters often had endearing, human-like qualities and quirky personalities of their own. During his career, he produced hundreds of science fiction works, novels, short stories, novellas and non-fiction works. His writings earned 9 Hugo Awards, 4 Nebulas, A Grand Master Nebula Award in 1976, the International Fantasy Award in 1953, and the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1988.

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