If you’re one of GFR’s younger readers, you can be forgiven for not knowing the works of Henry Kuttner. After all, the writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror passed away in 1958, aged only 42. He might not be as well known as Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, or Robert Heinlein, but his legacy traces through the works of Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, and Roger Zelazny. In fact, writers Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore are such fans of Kuttner’s work that they’re lending their names to a Kickstarter project that will collect five of Kuttner’s stories.
The published book will be called The Hogben Chronicles, and it will gather under one cover five of Kuttner’s stories about a very peculiar family. You can watch Neil Gaiman’s introduction up above if you haven’t already, and here are Alan Moore’s thoughts:
Henry Kuttner was one of fantasy and science fiction’s most accomplished and intelligent voices, as well as one of its least celebrated. His Hogben family stories are among the most original and certainly the funniest works in the genre, and to have them all finally collected in one volume is nothing short of a dream come true for genuine devotees of imaginative literature. Read this at once, and if you’ve read it already, then read it again. A masterpiece.
This project popped up on our radar rather late in the game: there are only three days left before it wraps up. Thankfully, it’s already hit and surpassed its $30,000 goal, so if you choose to contribute, you know it will actually go forward. A mere ten bucks will get you an e-book copy of the finished product, so in my opinion there’s not really anything to lose. That’s cheaper than some paperbacks at Barnes & Noble. If you’ve got deep pockets, you can pledge $750 or more and get a signed, personalized, leather-bound copy of the book, amongst other goodies.
I’ve already donated to the cause simply because I’m intrigued. Would Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore steer you wrong?