Walter M. Miller Jr.’s birthday
Originally shared by The Cloberth
“Neither infinite power nor infinite wisdom could bestow godhood upon men. For that there would have to be infinite love as well.”
Born in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on this date in 1923, American author Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Educated at the Universities of Tennessee and Texas, Miller served in the Army Air Corp during World War II, suffering from traumatic stress disorder afterwards, the result of bombing raids he witnessed.
His writing career started in 1950 with the publication of a short story in The American Mercury magazine. Over the next half dozen years, he would publish over forty short stories, mostly science fiction, winning a Hugo Award in 1955 for “The Darfsteller”, a novelette about a down-on-his-luck actor trying to make a comeback in a show business environment run by robots and computers.
In 1959 he assembled three stories, previously published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and published the novel “A Canticle for Leibowitz”, a post apocalyptic tale of a southwestern U.S. monastery trying to preserve scientific knowledge following a devastating nuclear conflict. “A Canticle for Leibowitz” won Miller the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel; it has been reissued many times, never out of print, and is considered one of the all-time bests of science fiction.
Reclusive, suffering from depression, and following the death of his wife, Miller would eventually take his own life in 1996.
Walter M. Miller, Jr. at Project Gutenberg: