About Norma K Hemming

The Life and Times of Norma K. Hemming

Norma Kathleen Hemming (1928-1960) was a British author who migrated to Australia in 1948 and wrote for local pulp magazine Thrills Incorporated and enthusiastically participated in the Australian fan scene.

She was a founding member of the femme fan group Vertical Horizons, and wrote and acted for the SF theatrical group The Arcturian Players.

Norma returned to international publishing in the late 1950s with stories in Nebula SF and New Worlds, but died at the age of 31 of breast cancer on 4 July 1960.

Before her death Norma wrote eight romance novels for Mills and Boon (for details please visit Wikipedia), and through these she had a long posthumous career under the pseudonym Nerina Hilliard. They were published from 1958 to 1977, returning royalties to her estate for three decades.

Dr Toby Burrows (Scholars Centre, University of Western Australia) has published an edition of Norma Hemming’s collected science fiction writing called Dwellers in Silence: Stories and Plays by Norma Hemming, published by The Hilliard Press in 2010, ISBN 978-1-4461-4001-7. It is also available for purchase online from Lulu.

The Matriarchy of Renok

Read the Staged reading from Norma Hemming’s ‘The Matriarchy of Renok’  performed at Aussiecon 4.

Norma K. Hemming in costume in 1956.