Lewis Padgett

Lewis Padgett was the joint pseudonym of the science fiction authors and spouses Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore,[1][2][3] taken from their mothers' maiden names. They also used the pseudonyms Lawrence O'Donnell and C. H. Liddell, as well as collaborating under their own names.

Writing as 'Lewis Padgett' they were the author of many humorous short stories of science fiction in the 1940s and 1950s. Among the most famous were:


"The Twonky" was the inspiration for a radio show recording and a full-length film by the same name.

Episodes of Tales of Tomorrow and The Twilight Zone were based on the short story "What You Need".

The feature film The Last Mimzy is loosely based on the short story "Mimsy Were the Borogoves".


As themselves (1937-'56)

  • Quest of the Starstone, 1937
  • Earth's Last Citadel, 1943
  • The Mask of Circe, 1948 (Illustrated by Alicia Austin in 1971)
  • Home is the Hunter, 1953
  • Or Else, 1953
  • A Wild Surmise, 1953
  • Home There's No Returning, 1955
  • Two-Handed Engine, 1955
  • No Boundaries, 1955 (collection)
  • Rite of Passage, 1956

As Lewis Padgett (1941-'53)

  • A Gnome There Was, 1941
  • Piggy Bank, 1942
  • Deadlock, 1942
  • The Twonky, 1942
  • Compliments of the Author, 1942
  • Time Locker, 1943
  • The Proud Robot, 1943
  • Mimsy Were the Borogoves, 1943
  • Shock, 1943
  • Open Secret, 1943
  • The World Is Mine, 1943
  • Endowment Policy, 1943
  • Gallegher Plus, 1943
  • The Iron Standard, 1943
  • When the Bough Breaks, 1944
  • The Piper's Son, 1945
  • Three Blind Mice, 1945
  • Camouflage, 1945
  • What You Need, 1945
  • Line to Tomorrow, 1945
  • Beggars in Velvet, 1945
  • We Kill People, 1946
  • Rain Check, 1946
  • The Cure, 1946
  • Time Enough, 1946
  • The Fairy Chessmen, 1946 (2 parts)
  • Chessboard Planet, 1946 (novel)
  • Murder in Brass, 1946
  • The Portal in the Picture, 1946 (novel), later published under the title Beyond Earth's Gates 1949
  • Project, 1947
  • Jesting Pilot, 1947
  • Margin for Error, 1947
  • Tomorrow and Tomorrow, 1947 (2 parts)
  • Exit the Professor, 1947
  • The Day He Died, 1947 (novel)
  • Ex Machina, 1948
  • "https://archive.org/stream/Astounding_v42n05_1949-01_cape1736#page/n5/mode/2up Private Eye", 1949
  • The Prisoner in the Skull, 1949
  • See You Later, 1949
  • Beyond Earth's Gates, 1949 (novel), originally published under the title The Portal in the Picture 1946
  • Tomorrow and Tomorrow, 1951 (novel)
  • Tomorrow and Tomorrow & The Fairy Chessmen, 1951 (omnibus)
  • The Far Reality, 1951 (companion novel to Tomorrow and Tomorrow)
  • Robots Have No Tails, 1952 (collection)
  • Mutant, 1953
  • Humpty Dumpty, 1953
  • Epilogue, 1953 (essay)
  • Line to Tomorrow and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction (collection)

As Lawrence O'Donnell (1943-'50)

  • Clash By Night, 1943
  • The Children's Hour, 1944
  • The Code, 1945
  • The Lion and the Unicorn, 1945
  • This is the House, 1946
  • Vintage Season, 1946
  • Fury, 1947
  • Promised Land, 1950
  • Heir Apparent, 1950
  • Paradise Street, 1950

As C. H. Liddell (1950-'53)

  • The Sky is Falling, 1950
  • Carry Me Home, 1950
  • "P.S.'s Feature Flash", 1950 (essay)
  • The Odyssey of Yiggar Throlg, 1951
  • Android, 1951
  • We Shall Come Back, 1951
  • Golden Apple, 1951
  • The Visitors, 1953


  1. ^ Clute and Grant 1997, p. 741.
  2. ^ Clute and Nicholls 1993, p. 903.
  3. ^ Nicholls 1979, p. 445.
  • Clute, John and John Grant. The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. London: Orbit Books, 1997. ISBN 978-1-85723-368-1.
  • Clute, John and Peter Nicholls. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. London: Orbit Books, 1993. ISBN 978-1-85723-124-3.
  • Kuttner, Henry. The Best of Kuttner, Volume 1. London: Mayflower Books Ltd., 1965.
  • Kuttner, Henry. The Best of Kuttner, Volume 2. London: Mayflower Books Ltd., 1966.
  • Moore Kuttner, Catherine. The Best of Henry Kuttner. New York: Ballantine Books, 1975. ISBN 0-345-24415-X.
  • Nicholls, Peter. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK: Granada Publishing Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-586-05380-8.

External resources

A Gnome There Was

A Gnome There Was is a collection of science fiction and fantasy stories by American writers Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore, published under their Lewis Padgett pseudonym by Simon & Schuster in 1950. No other editions were issued.

C. L. Moore

Catherine Lucille Moore (January 24, 1911 – April 4, 1987) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer, who first came to prominence in the 1930s writing as C. L. Moore. She was among the first women to write in the science fiction and fantasy genres, though earlier woman writers in these genres include Clare Winger Harris, Greye La Spina, and Francis Stevens, amongst others. Nevertheless, Moore's work paved the way for many other female speculative fiction writers.

Moore married her first husband Henry Kuttner in 1940, and most of her work from 1940-1958 (Kuttner's death) was written by the couple collaboratively. They were prolific co-authors under their own names, although more often under any one of several pseudonyms.

As "Catherine Kuttner", she had a brief career as a television scriptwriter from 1958 to 1962. She retired from writing in 1963.

Henry Kuttner

Henry Kuttner (April 7, 1915 – February 3, 1958) was an American author of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Line to Tomorrow

Line to Tomorrow is a collection of science fiction and fantasy stories by American writers Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore, published by Bantam Books in 1954. The book carried the byline of their joint pseudonym Lewis Padgett; the title is sometimes reported as Line to Tomorrow and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Two of the stories were originally published under Kuttner's byline, but all are now generally considered joint efforts.

Mimsy Were the Borogoves

"Mimsy Were the Borogoves" is a science fiction short story by Lewis Padgett (a pseudonym of American writers Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore), originally published in the February 1943 issue of Astounding Science Fiction Magazine. It was judged by the Science Fiction Writers of America to be among the best science fiction stories written prior to 1965 and included in the anthology The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929–1964. In 2007, it was loosely adapted into a feature-length film titled The Last Mimzy. The title of the original short story was directly inspired by a verse from “Jabberwocky,” a poem found in the classic novel Through the Looking-Glass by author Lewis Carroll.

Mutant (short story collection)

Mutant is a 1953 collection of science fiction short stories by Lewis Padgett (pseudonym of American writer Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore). It was first published by Gnome Press in 1953 in an edition of 4,000 copies. The stories all originally appeared in the magazine Astounding.

The Last Mimzy

The Last Mimzy is a 2007 American science fiction adventure drama film directed by Robert Shaye and loosely adapted from the 1943 science fiction short story "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" by Lewis Padgett (the pseudonym of husband-and-wife team Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore). The film features Timothy Hutton, Joely Richardson, Rainn Wilson, Kathryn Hahn, Michael Clarke Duncan, and introducing Rhiannon Leigh Wryn as seven-year-old Emma Wilder and Chris O’Neil as ten-year-old Noah.

Time viewer

A time viewer is a fictional device that can display events occurring in another time, either the past or (less commonly) the future.In his short story "The Dead Past" (1956), Isaac Asimov called a similar device a chronoscope, but this is also the name that the Victorian-era scientist Charles Wheatstone gave to his invention for measuring small intervals of time.

Father François Brune, a French Catholic priest and author, related in his book Le nouveau mystère du Vatican (2002) that an Italian priest supposedly invented a time viewer in the 20th century. He called the machine the chronovisor.

Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Tomorrow and Tomorrow may refer to:

Tomorrow and Tomorrow (film), 1932 film based on a Broadway play

Tomorrow and Tomorrow (novel), 1997 science fiction novel by Charles Sheffield

What You Need (The Twilight Zone)

"What You Need" is episode 12 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It is based on the short story of the same name by Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore).

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