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Knight, Norman L

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1895-1972) US author and pesticide chemist for the Department of Agriculture until his retirement in 1963. He was not a prolific writer, publishing only 11 stories altogether, the first of which was the serialized novella "Frontier of the Unknown" for Astounding in July and August 1937. He made his main contribution by collaborating with James Blish on A Torrent of Faces (1967). This novel – whose Under-the-Sea sequences and amphibious Tritons (genetically engineered humans; see Genetic Engineering) are taken from Knight's first story and from "Crisis in Utopia" (July-August 1940 Astounding) – depicts an ambiguously Utopian Earth whose trillion people (see Overpopulation), already subject to various lesser crises, must face up to the potential Disaster when an approaching Asteroid impacts upon the planet. [JC]

Norman Louis Knight

born St Joseph, Missouri: 21 September 1895

died Takoma Park, Maryland: 19 April 1972



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