A great Science Fiction and Fantasy writer whose shortened life would have been even more tragic had he not been so prolific and intelligent. Kuttner moved from his native California to New York in 1940 after his marriage to Catherine Moore, an established SF writer, so that both could be nearer the markets of New York City.
The Kuttners were noted for collections like Line to Tomorrow, Ahead of Time, and Tomorrow and Tomorrow; and for shorter works, at which the team excelled, "The Twonky," "Don't Look Now," "A Gnome There Was," and "Mimsy Were the Borogoves."
With the exception of Henry's service in WW II, the Kuttners wrote continuously for nearly two decades before becoming burned out. Henry took that opportunity to use the GI Bill and acquire a college education at the University of California. Catherine went along too, but her classes were privately funded and she required an extra 2 years to graduate. The Kuttner's move from New York back to California was motivated primarily by an irresistable urge Henry had to return home, gain an education, and to be near movie and emerging television markets. Both Kuttners were actively engaged in radio scripting and screen-writing when Henry died. C. L. Moore would continue alone but she wrote no more science fiction.
Kuttner had a psychic vision of his death and wrote about it 10 years prior to the event in which he called the name "enri utner" and year. Henry had another vision of impending death the night before he died of a heart attack.