Kay Eaton was a Human science fiction writer who wrote under the pseudonym of "K.C. Hunter" during the 1950s in order to conceal the truth, from the more conservative elements of that era, that she was in fact a woman. She is best known for her work from the New York based Incredible Tales of Scientific Wonder magazine.

Kay often worked in conjunction with her husband Julius Eaton and the two had something of a reputation among the magazine staff for turning out slightly sentimental stories, particularly by Herbert Rossoff. Because she was a woman, and consequently discriminated against, Kay felt some solidarity with Benny Russell, the staff's only African-American writer.


In 1953, when Benny submitted Deep Space Nine, his story about a space station, Kay was particularly impressed with the character of Major Kira Nerys, saying science fiction needed more strong women. (DS9 episode & novelization: Far Beyond the Stars)

Benny had based Major Kira on Kay. (DS9 novelization: Far Beyond the Stars)

After Benny was removed from the asylum and sent to jail in 1955, his girlfriend Cassie Johnson enlisted Kay's aid in getting him out. Eaton also bailed out Eli Underwood.

By 1955, Kay had begun to hate Incredible Tales' editor Douglas Pabst and publisher Mister Stone because of their sexism. (ST - Typhon Pact novel: Plagues of Night)



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