Catherine Lucille Moore (1911 1987), who wrote under the name "C. L. Moore", was one of the pioneering female writers of science fiction and fantasy in the United States.
Her first professional publication, "Shambleau", appeared in Weird Tales in 1933, and was the first of many stories featuring the space adventurer Northwest Smith. "Black God's Kiss" in 1935 began a series of heroic fantasy stories featuring the heroine Jirel of Joiry.
She was married for nearly twenty years (until his death) to fellow genre writer Henry Kuttner, whom she met after he wrote her a letter (addressed to "Mr C. L. Moore", as he was unaware of her true identity) expressing his admiration for her writing. They became a Creator Couple, writing many works together that were published under their own names or under pseudonyms such as "Lewis Padgett".
Works by C. L. Moore include:
- The Best Of CL Moore edited by Lester del Rey, includes Autobiographic afterword
- Beyond Earths Gates
- "The Code"
- Earths Last Citadel (with Henry Kuttner)
- The Jirel of Joiry series
- "Heir Apparent"
- "Judgment Night"
- The Mask Of Circe (with Henry Kuttner)
- The Northwest Smith series
- "No Woman Born"
- "Paradise Street"
- "Promised Land"
- "Vintage Season" (as Lawrence O'Donnell) adapted to film as Timescape