C.L. Moore (1911-1987) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer. She was one of the first women to write in the genre, and paved the way for many other female writers in speculative fiction.
Her first stories appeared in pulp magazines in the 1930s, including two significant series in Weird Tales.
One series concerns the rogue and adventurer, Northwest Smith, and his wanderings through the Solar System; the other is a short fantasy series about Jirel of Joiry (one of the first female protagonists in sword-and-sorcery fiction).
The most famous of the Northwest Smith stories is
Shambleau, which marked Moore’s first professional sale.