What happens when . . .
An all-powerful killing machine is equipped with a human brain on the brink of madness
A group of apes are injected with human intelligence and build their own strange empire
A child with an other-worldly intellect is locked in mortal combat with his own down-to-earth father
A hand-picked space team convenes at a countdown that can mean the start of a new era - or the end of mankind
You'll find out when you enter . . . THE DOWNSTAIRS ROOM.
Kate Wilhelm (1928-2018)
Working name of the US writer Katie Gertrude Meridith Wilhelm Knight, born in Ohio in 1928. She started publishing SF in 1956 with 'The Pint-Sized Genie' for Fantastic, and continued for some time with relatively straightforward genre stories; it was not until the late 1960s that she began to release the mature stories which have made her reputation as one of the 20th century's finest SF writers. She was married to noted author and critic Damon Knight and together they have had a profound influence beyond their writing, through the Milford Science Fiction Writers' Conference and its offshoot, in which she was directly involved, the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop. She won the Hugo Award for Best Novel with Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, and has won the Nebula Award three times. Kate Wilhelm died in 2018, aged 89.