Katie Gertrude Meredith was born in Toledo, Ohio, daughter of Jesse and Ann Meredith. She graduated high school in Louisville, Kentucky, and worked as a model, telephone operator, sales clerk, switchboard operator, and underwriter for an insurance company.
She married first in 1947 to Joseph Wilhelm, and had two sons. The couple divorced in 1962, and Wilhelm married again to Damon Knight in 1963. She and her husband lived in Eugene, Oregon, until 2002, the time of his death, and she continues living there.
Her first published short fiction was "The Pint-Size Genie" in the October 1956 issue of Fantastic, edited by Paul W. Fairman (assisted by Cele Goldsmith, who was responsible for looking at unsolicited submissions to the magazine). The next year, her first accepted story, "The Mile-Long Spaceship", was published in John W. Campbell's Astounding Science Fiction, and ten of her speculative fiction stories were published during 1958 and 1959. Her debut novel was a murder mystery, More Bitter Than Death (Simon & Schuster, 1963), and her science fiction novel debut, The Clone (1965) by Wilhelm and Theodore L. Thomas, was a finalist for the annual Nebula Award.
Her work has been published in Quark/, Orbit, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Locus, Amazing Stories, Asimov's Science Fiction, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Fantastic, Omni, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Cosmopolitan.
She and her second husband, Damon Knight, mentored many authors and helped to establish the Clarion Writers Workshop and the Milford Writer's Workshop. Since his death in 2002, Wilhelm has continued to host monthly workshops, as well as lecturing at other events.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame inducted Wilhelm in 2003, its eighth class of two deceased and two living writers.
In 2009, she received one of three inaugural Solstice Awards from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (founded by Knight in 1965), which recognize "significant impact on the science fiction or fantasy landscape".
The Nebula Award trophy was designed for the first awards by J. A. Lawrence, based on a sketch by Wilhelm.
She also won a few annual genre awards for particular works:Nebula Award for Best Short Story, 1968, "The Planners"
Hugo Award for Best Novel and Locus Award for Best Novel, both 1977, Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
Nebula Award for Best Novelette, 1986, "The Girl Who Fell into the Sky"
Nebula Award for Best Short Story, 1987, "Forever Yours, Anna"
Hugo Award (best related book) and Locus Award (best nonfiction), both 2006, Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop (Small Beer Press, 2005; ISBN 0-7394-5613-X)
The Hugo- and Locus Award-winning novel Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang was also a finalist for the Nebula Award, winner of the short-lived Jupiter Award from science fiction instructors, and third place for the academic John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.
In 2016, the SFWA renamed the Solstice Award to the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award.
Holloway is an attorney in Eugene, Oregon. She and her semi-retired lawyer father, Frank Holloway, solve mysteries that combine detective fiction with courtroom drama.Death Qualified: A Mystery of Chaos (1991)
The Best Defense (1994)
For the Defense also named Malice Prepense in hardbound editions (1996)
Defense for the Devil (1999)
No Defense (2000)
Desperate Measures (2001)
Clear and Convincing Proof (2003)
The Unbidden Truth (2004)
Sleight Of Hand (2006)
A Wrongful Death (2007)
Cold Case (2008)
Heaven is High (2011)
By Stone, By Blade, By Fire (2012)
Mirror, Mirror (2017)
Meiklejohn is a former arson detective turned private investigator. His wife, Leidl, is a professional psychologist. Together they solve cases.The Hamlet Trap (1987)
The Dark Door (1988)
Smart House (1989)
Sweet, Sweet Poison (1990)
Seven Kinds of Death (1992)
Whisper Her Name (2012)
A Flush of Shadows: Five Short Novels (1995) – includes "With Thimbles, With Forks, and Hope", "Torch Song", "All for One", "Sister Alice", and "Gorgon Fields"
The Casebook of Constance and Charlie Volume 1 (1999) – includes "The Hamlet Trap", "Smart House", and "Seven Kinds of Death"
The Casebook of Constance and Charlie Volume 2 (2000) – includes "Sweet, Sweet Poison" and "The Dark Door", plus shorter stories "Christ's Tears", "Torch Song", and "An Imperfect Gift"
"Christ's Tears" April 1996
"An Imperfect Gift" Aug 1999
"His Deadliest Enemy" Mar/Apr2004
More Bitter Than Death (1962)
The Clewiston Test (1976)
Fault Lines (1977)
Oh, Susannah! (1982)
Justice for Some (1993)
The Good Children (1998)
The Deepest Water (2000)
Skeletons: A Novel of Suspense (2002)
The Price of Silence (2005)
Death of an Artist (2012)
Storyteller: Writing Lessons & More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop (2005)
Four Seasons (1980)
No One Listens (1980)
The Eagle (1980)
Clarion SF – anthology of 15 short stories by authors such as Damon Knight, Robert Crais, and Vonda N. McIntyre
Nebula Award Stories 9 - anthology of Nebula Award winning and nominated stories