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Keith Laumer

(John Keith Laumer)
USA (1925 - 1993)

Keith Laumer was an extremely successful man, an author who kept fit, always. It was therefore more difficult for him when he suffered a massive stroke in 1971 that paralyzed one side of his body and part of his brain and therefore his mind. He was unable to exercise as before and gained weight, resembling the Red Bull in one of his stories. The photo above hardly resembles Keith before his stroke. He was embarrassed by his weight gain but was able to get along well enough. Keith tried to whip, to control, to overcome the stroke. He spent an enormous amount of time in physical therapy and other exercises in a futile effort to gain full use of his body. He could walk and get around, with a limp but he was never to gain full access of his body. Like a character in one of his stories, his crippled body would not comply, would not work correctly. This drove Keith Laumer to anger and the anger turned easily to uncontrolled rage, apathy, and total disappointment. He was a master of his mind but he could no longer write. He tried, over and again but the paralysis took control of his mind and the rage drove everyone away.



Great Imperium
Beyond the Imperium (omnibus) (1981)


Series contributed to
Anthology series

Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Keith Laumer

Short stories
End as a Hero [short story]
The Long-Remembered Thunder
Placement Test
A Trip to the City
The Walls
Combat Unit (1960)
The Body Builders (1966)
Prototaph (1966)
The Last Command (1967)
Spaceman! (concluding part) (1967)
Test to Destruction (1967)
The Day Beyond Forever (1968)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Once There Was a Giant [short story] (1968)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Street Scene (1968) (with Harlan Ellison)
The Timesweepers (1969)
In the Queue (1970)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula Awards (nominee)
The Wonderful Secret (1977)Hugo (nominee)

Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1966) : A Plague of Demons
Nebula Awards Best Novella nominee (1969) : The Day Beyond Forever
Nebula Awards Best Novellette nominee (1969) : Once There Was a Giant [short story]
Hugo Best Short Story nominee (1971) : In the Queue
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1971) : In the Queue
Hugo Best Novella nominee (1978) : The Wonderful Secret

Books about Keith Laumer
Keith Laumer: Ambassador to Space, A Working Bibliography (1990) by Gordon Benson and Phil Stephensen-Payne

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