Clifford D. Simak

Clifford D. Simak
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BornClifford Donald Simak
(1904-08-03)August 3, 1904
Millville, Wisconsin
DiedApril 25, 1988(1988-04-25) (aged 83)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
OccupationJournalist, popular writer
Period1931–1986 (fiction)
GenreScience fiction, fantasy
SubjectPopular science
Simak's first story, The World of the Red Sun was listed on the cover of Wonder Stories in 1931.
Simak as pictured in Wonder Stories in 1931.

Clifford Donald Simak (k/;[1] August 3, 1904 – April 25, 1988) was an American science fiction writer. He won three Hugo Awards and one Nebula Award.[2][3] The Science Fiction Writers of America made him its third SFWA Grand Master,[4] and the Horror Writers Association made him one of three inaugural winners of the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.[5]


Early life, education, and journalism career

Simak was born in Millville, Wisconsin in 1904,[3] son of John Lewis and Margaret (Wiseman) Simak. Simak attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison and then taught in the public schools until 1929.[3] He later worked at various newspapers in the Midwest. He began a lifelong association with the Minneapolis Star and Tribune (in Minneapolis, Minnesota) in 1939, which continued until his retirement in 1976. He became Minneapolis Star's news editor in 1949 and coordinator of Minneapolis Tribune's Science Reading Series in 1961.[3]

Personal life

He married Agnes Kuchenberg on April 13, 1929, and they had two children, Richard "Dick" Scott (1947–2012) and Shelley Ellen. In a blurb in Time and Again he wrote, "I have been happily married to the same woman for thirty three years and have two children. My favorite recreation is fishing (the lazy way, lying in a boat and letting them come to me). Hobbies: Chess, stamp collecting, growing roses." He dedicated the book to his wife Kay, "without whom I'd never have written a line". He was well liked by many of his science fiction-writing friends[clarification needed], especially Isaac Asimov.


He died in Minneapolis on 25 April 1988.[3][6][7]

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