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4th Dec '13 12:44:00 AM PaulA
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'''Henry Kuttner''' was the author of many sci-fi and fantasy short stories in TheThirties, [[TheForties Forties]], and [[TheFifties Fifties]].

He was one of the "[[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]] Circle", and contributed a number of elements to the Franchise/CthulhuMythos.

Kuttner liked the writing of fellow science-fiction writer C. L. Moore, so a mutual acquaintance, H. P. Lovecraft, gave him Moore's address. Lovecraft failed to mention that 'C. L.' stood for 'Catherine Lucille', so Kuttner addressed his fan letter to 'Mr. C. L. Moore'. Even so, Kuttner and Moore fell in love and eventually married, frequently working as a CreatorCouple thereafter.

Among his works are the comedic Galloway Gallegher stories, which concern an inventor who reaches unimaginable heights of genius while drunk, which invariably causes trouble when he wakes up the day after with a hangover and no idea what his latest creation is supposed to do.

!!Tropes
* AfterTheEnd: ''The Black Sun Rises'' is set in the dark age following a nuclear war.
* TheAlcoholic: Gallegher has a severe and probably hereditary drinking problem, which the stories [[ValuesDissonance play for comedy]].
* AlternativeNumberSystem: In ''The Iron Standard'', the six-fingered Venusians use base-12.
* AssholeVictim: Virtually all the characters in Kuttner's comedy stories are completely self-interested and come to some misfortune, sometimes consequently but also sometimes merely subsequently. See also SadistShow below.
* BrownNote: ''Nothing But Gingerbread Left''
* ConspiracyTheorist: Satirized in ''Don't Look Now''
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Vanning]] in ''Time Locker''
* DrunkenMaster: Gallegher's genius is activated only when drunk.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: [[spoiler:[=MacDuff=]]] in ''The Voice of the Lobster''
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Galloway/Gallegher in ''Time Locker'', when he realizes [[spoiler:that Vanning had reached into the future and crushed ''himself''.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: The Furies are programmed to enforce this in ''Two-Handed Engine''.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: ''The Iron Standard''
* OffWithHisHead: Done posthumously by the headhunters in ''Home Is the Hunter''.
* PhysicalGod: Horrifyingly, one of the main characters in "Ex Machina" is revealed to be a ''de facto'' god.
* RoboticPsychopath: Although he's frequently likened to Narcissus and is definitely autosexual (in the sense of being sexually attracted to oneself), Gallegher's robot Joe is more of a psychopath than a narcissist. The extent of his autocracy extends ''far'' beyond SecondLawMyAss.
* SadistShow: The default tactic of Kuttner's comedy stories is to make the protagonist suffer and suffer without surcease.
* SocietyMarchesOn: The distant future that Gallegher inhabits is distinctly similar to 1940s urban America.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Get knocked for a loop by ''Nothing But Gingerbread Left''
* WasOnceAMan: Gnomes in ''A Gnome There Was''
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The neo-Viking leader in ''The Black Sun Rises'' started out this way.
* {{Zeerust}}: Inevitable.

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'''Henry Kuttner''' was the author of many sci-fi and fantasy short stories in TheThirties, [[TheForties Forties]], and [[TheFifties Fifties]].

He was one of the "[[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]] Circle", and contributed a number of elements to the Franchise/CthulhuMythos.

Kuttner liked the writing of fellow science-fiction writer C. L. Moore, so a mutual acquaintance, H. P. Lovecraft, gave him Moore's address. Lovecraft failed to mention that 'C. L.' stood for 'Catherine Lucille', so Kuttner addressed his fan letter to 'Mr. C. L. Moore'. Even so, Kuttner and Moore fell in love and eventually married, frequently working as a CreatorCouple thereafter.

Among his works are the comedic Galloway Gallegher stories, which concern an inventor who reaches unimaginable heights of genius while drunk, which invariably causes trouble when he wakes up the day after with a hangover and no idea what his latest creation is supposed to do.

!!Tropes
* AfterTheEnd: ''The Black Sun Rises'' is set in the dark age following a nuclear war.
* TheAlcoholic: Gallegher has a severe and probably hereditary drinking problem, which the stories [[ValuesDissonance play for comedy]].
* AlternativeNumberSystem: In ''The Iron Standard'', the six-fingered Venusians use base-12.
* AssholeVictim: Virtually all the characters in Kuttner's comedy stories are completely self-interested and come to some misfortune, sometimes consequently but also sometimes merely subsequently. See also SadistShow below.
* BrownNote: ''Nothing But Gingerbread Left''
* ConspiracyTheorist: Satirized in ''Don't Look Now''
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Vanning]] in ''Time Locker''
* DrunkenMaster: Gallegher's genius is activated only when drunk.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: [[spoiler:[=MacDuff=]]] in ''The Voice of the Lobster''
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Galloway/Gallegher in ''Time Locker'', when he realizes [[spoiler:that Vanning had reached into the future and crushed ''himself''.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: The Furies are programmed to enforce this in ''Two-Handed Engine''.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: ''The Iron Standard''
* OffWithHisHead: Done posthumously by the headhunters in ''Home Is the Hunter''.
* PhysicalGod: Horrifyingly, one of the main characters in "Ex Machina" is revealed to be a ''de facto'' god.
* RoboticPsychopath: Although he's frequently likened to Narcissus and is definitely autosexual (in the sense of being sexually attracted to oneself), Gallegher's robot Joe is more of a psychopath than a narcissist. The extent of his autocracy extends ''far'' beyond SecondLawMyAss.
* SadistShow: The default tactic of Kuttner's comedy stories is to make the protagonist suffer and suffer without surcease.
* SocietyMarchesOn: The distant future that Gallegher inhabits is distinctly similar to 1940s urban America.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Get knocked for a loop by ''Nothing But Gingerbread Left''
* WasOnceAMan: Gnomes in ''A Gnome There Was''
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The neo-Viking leader in ''The Black Sun Rises'' started out this way.
* {{Zeerust}}: Inevitable.
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4th Dec '13 12:41:56 AM PaulA
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Among his works are the comedic Galloway Gallegher stories, which concern an inventor who reaches unimaginable heights of genius while drunk, which invariably causes trouble when he wakes up the day after with a hangover and no idea what his latest creation is supposed to do.
4th Dec '13 12:32:29 AM PaulA
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* AdOfWin: In the January 1943 issue of Astounding Science Fiction, ''Nothing but Gingerbread Left'' was followed by a note that:
-->''Until somebody figures out that rhyme--''\\
'''10% For War Bonds Every Pay Day'''\\
''is the next-best rhythm.''
4th Dec '13 12:31:30 AM PaulA
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!TropesHe was one of the "[[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]] Circle", and contributed a number of elements to the Franchise/CthulhuMythos.

Kuttner liked the writing of fellow science-fiction writer C. L. Moore, so a mutual acquaintance, H. P. Lovecraft, gave him Moore's address. Lovecraft failed to mention that 'C. L.' stood for 'Catherine Lucille', so Kuttner addressed his fan letter to 'Mr. C. L. Moore'. Even so, Kuttner and Moore fell in love and eventually married, frequently working as a CreatorCouple thereafter.

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* Franchise/CthulhuMythos: Was one of the "Lovecraft Circle", and contributed a number of elements to the mythos.
* CreatorCouple: With his wife, C. L. Moore.



* MeetCute: RealLife example. Kuttner liked the writing of fellow science-fiction writer C. L. Moore, so a mutual acquaintance, Creator/HPLovecraft, gave him Moore's address. Lovecraft failed to mention that 'C. L.' stood for 'Catherine Lucille', so Kuttner addressed his fan letter to 'Mr. C. L. Moore'. Even so, Kuttner and Moore fell in love and eventually married.
19th Sep '13 6:17:23 PM Slothbeetle
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* AssholeVictim: Virtually all the characters in Kuttner's comedy stories are completely self-interested and come to some misfortune, sometimes consequently but also sometimes merely subsequently. See also SadistShow below.
19th Sep '13 6:14:17 PM Slothbeetle
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* PhysicalGod: Horrifyingly, one of the main characters in "Ex Machina" is revealed to be a ''de facto'' god.
16th Sep '13 3:15:16 PM Slothbeetle
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* DrunkenMaster: Gallegher's genius is activated only when drunk

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* DrunkenMaster: Gallegher's genius is activated only when drunkdrunk.



* SadistShow: The default tactic of Kuttner's comedy stories is to make the protagonist suffer and suffer without surcease.



* {{Zeerust}}: Inevitable

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* {{Zeerust}}: Inevitable
Inevitable.
15th Sep '13 6:05:14 PM Slothbeetle
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* RoboticPsychopath: Although he's frequently likened to Narcissus and is definitely autosexual (in the sense of being sexually attracted to oneself), Gallegher's accidental robot Joe is more of a psychopath than a narcissist.
* SecondLawMyAss: The aforementioned Joe exemplifies disobedience, despite claiming to accept his subservience at the end of "The Proud Robot."

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* RoboticPsychopath: Although he's frequently likened to Narcissus and is definitely autosexual (in the sense of being sexually attracted to oneself), Gallegher's accidental robot Joe is more of a psychopath than a narcissist.
* SecondLawMyAss:
narcissist. The aforementioned Joe exemplifies disobedience, despite claiming to accept extent of his subservience at the end of "The Proud Robot."autocracy extends ''far'' beyond SecondLawMyAss.
9th Sep '13 5:07:16 PM Slothbeetle
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* SecondLawMyAss: Joe exemplifies robotic disobedience, despite claiming to accept his subservience at the end of "The Proud Robot."

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* RoboticPsychopath: Although he's frequently likened to Narcissus and is definitely autosexual (in the sense of being sexually attracted to oneself), Gallegher's accidental robot Joe is more of a psychopath than a narcissist.
* SecondLawMyAss: The aforementioned Joe exemplifies robotic disobedience, despite claiming to accept his subservience at the end of "The Proud Robot."
2nd Jul '13 8:44:44 PM Gatomon41
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* Franchise/CthulhuMythos: Was one of the "Lovecraft Circle", and contributed a number of elements to the mythos.
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