ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Zenna Henderson

Updated on August 19, 2014

Chronicler of The People

Zenna Henderson (1917-1983) was a science fiction writer who wrote short stories and novellas. She was born in Tucson, Arizona, and was also a schoolteacher. She is best known for her books Pilgrimage: the Book of the People, and The People: No Different Flesh. This was about a group of people who lived on a planet that was destroyed. They got away in spaceships, and some of them settled on Earth. They remind me a lot of, say, Mennonites. They had some extraordinary abilities.

Zenna Henderson was baptized as a Latter-Day Saint, although she was never active, and there is some information floating around that she was Methodist, although there is no evidence to support that she was active there, either.

I also regarded her as somewhat of a role model, because she was a woman of accomplishment, without having any known negative traits.

I am using the photo under the Fair Use Doctrine.

The People

Zenna Henderson wrote two collections of People stories. The People especially appealed to me because of their gentleness, their ethics, and the fact they had some very interesting abilities, which they used for good purposes. As a result of these extra abilities, the People often had problems with other people, who didn't want to accept them. At the time I read the stories, I was in high school, and I had a small collection of friends. I felt about them as one of The People might have felt about another. At one point, we all started "othering". This was a term I think came from the People stories. At least the idea came from there. "Others" were people who could relate to each other so completely they often felt they could read each other's minds. I used to talk to the other girls over the phone, and we would play at being able to read each other's thoughts. Now that I am older, I don't find that appealing at all, and understand what a burden this would be, and how it might affect me spiritually, but at the time, I was very much affected by the characteristics of The People,and wanting to be like them.

I got to talk to Zenna Henderson on the phone a couple of times. Her number was in the phone book. She was always gracious, but we never talked about anything of consequence. Still, it was nice to be noticed by someone I admired that much.

Some of Zenna Henderson's books are available on Amazon. Here are the titles of the books she wrote on the People:

Pilgrimage: the Book of the People

The People: No Different Flesh

Ingathering: The Complete People Stories of Zenna Henderson

Zenna Henderson's other collections

Zenna Henderson wrote two other collections of short stories:

The Anything Box

Holding Wonder

I didn't care for most of these stories, because they are rather dark. However, that didn't stop me from hoping she would publish another book about The People. I often wonder why she needed to write such dark stories, but I never asked her.

Trying to find The People

One geographical name I found in The People stories was Mount Baldy. I was intent on trying to find this place, hoping (in a sort of fantasy way) that I would be able to find The People there. It wasn't until much later that I learned that there are quite a few mountain peaks that are called Mount Baldy, but because Zenna Henderson lived in Tucson, I assumed she meant the Mount Baldy in the Santa Rita Mountains which are a little south of Tucson.

These are my own photographs of Mount Baldy. There are trails up to the peak from Madera Canyon. Nowadays, I go to Madera Canyon to bird. But I never forget the association, from a romantic time of my life, when my imagination could accept the possibility that The People were real and that perhaps I would find them someday.

The first photo was taken on one of my birding trips. The second one was from a greater distance, and I used my own proprietary technique to create a fantasy image.

If you want a good read, that will make you feel happy, I highly recommend the People stories.

Comments are welcome. Did you know about Zenna Henderson?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Pat Goltz profile imageAUTHOR

      Pat Goltz 

      5 years ago

      @yogendrachavda: You're welcome, and thank you for the comment!

    • profile image

      yogendrachavda 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for this creative lens..

    • lesliesinclair profile image

      lesliesinclair 

      5 years ago

      no, I never heard of her before. Thanks for the introduction.

    • Pat Goltz profile imageAUTHOR

      Pat Goltz 

      5 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: Thank you for your comment. Actually, I tend to think that the philosophical and ethical themes started before there were many women in the genre. Most likely, Andre Norton was one of the earliest female writers. It would be interesting to study this question.

    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      She is new name to me, but it is always good to learn something new, right? I noticed SF, genre for so many years reserved for men, got many great female writers and the whole focus shifted from science and its aspects on society to more philosophical and ethical themes.

    • ecogranny profile image

      Kathryn Grace 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Never heard of her, but you've inspired me to add her to my reading list.

    • tonybonura profile image

      Tony Bonura 

      5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Yes, I remember her from years back and her People books.

      TonyB

    • profile image

      RinchenChodron 

      5 years ago

      Wasn't familiar with this author.

    • Tennyhawk profile image

      Tennyhawk 

      5 years ago

      I love Zenna Henderson's work. I was introduced to it in college when we read her short story "Gilead". It was absolutely amazing. Thanks for spotlighting her.

    • texan203 lm profile image

      texan203 lm 

      5 years ago

      She is a new author to me.

    • profile image

      Ruthi 

      5 years ago

      I had never heard of Zenna Henderson before now. She sounds like an interesting author and woman.

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      *I must admit, I never knew the author, however after reading this info about her- I am encouraged to learn along with advancing my own pursuits as an author.

    • LaraineRoses profile image

      Laraine Sims 

      5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I never knew about Zenna Henderson. The book sounds interesting and I love your photos and memories of the area. Angel blessings!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)