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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.
A Trace of MemoryThe Great Time Machine HoaxA Plague of DemonsCatastrophe Planet
EarthbloodThe MonitorsGalactic OdysseyThe Day Before Forever
The Long TwilightThe House in NovemberFat ChanceThe Star Treasure
Dinosaur BeachThe Infinite CageNight Of DelusionsThe Glory Game
The Ultimax ManThe Breaking EarthStar ColonyEnd as a Hero
The Stars Must WaitJudson's Eden
Envoy to New Worlds / Flight from YesterdayThe Other Sky / The House in NovemberWorks of Keith Laumer (5 Books)Earth Quarter / Envoy to New Worlds
A Hoax in Time / Inside EarthA God Named Smith / Worlds of the Imperium
Nine by LaumerPlanet RunGreylornIt's a Mad, Mad, Mad Galaxy
The Day Before Forever and ThunderheadOnce There Was a GiantThe Big ShowTimetracks
The UndefeatedThe Best of Keith LaumerKnight of DelusionsChrestomathy
Alien MindsOdysseyThe Lighter SideA Plague of Demons and Other Stories
Future ImperfectLegions of SpaceThe Long Twilight: and Other StoriesEarthblood: And Other Stories
Gambler's World and Other WorksBeyond the Moons of NeptuneThe Keith Laumer SciFi Collection: Greylorn / It Could Be Anything / Gambler's World / Retief: The Yillian Way
It Could Be Anything
Series contributed to
The InvadersEnemies From Beyond
The Afrit AffairThe Drowned QueenThe Gold Bomb
The Omega Rebellion: In the world of Keith Laumer's Star Colony
Anthology series
Honor of the RegimentThe UnconquerableThe TriumphantLast Stand
Old GuardCold Steel
Anthologies edited
Five FatesDangerous Vegetables
Non fiction
How to Design and Build Flying Models
Anthologies containing stories by Keith Laumer
Analog 6Dangerous Visions 3Partners in WonderThe Infinite Arena
100 Great Science Fiction Short Short StoriesMachines That KillTime WarsMy Favorite Science Fiction Story
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 (nominee)
Once There Was a Giant [short story] (1968)Nebula (nominee)
Street Scene (1968) (with Harlan Ellison)
The Timesweepers (1969)
In the Queue (1970)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula (nominee)
The Wonderful Secret (1977)Hugo (nominee)

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