Short works

Books : reviews

Judith Merril, ed.
The Best of the Best Part One.


Richard McKenna. Casey Agonistes. 1958
Cordwainer Smith. No, No, Not Rogov!. 1958
Clifford D. Simak. A Death in the House. 1959
Damon Knight. Stranger Station. 1956
Theodore L Thomas. Satellite Passage. 1958
Mack Reynolds. Compounded Interest. 1956
Walter M. Miller Jr. The Hoofer. 1955
Fritz Leiber. Space-Time for Springers. 1958
Theodore Sturgeon. Bulkhead. 1955
Carol Emshwiller. Pelt. 1958
J. G. Ballard. Prima Belladonna. 1956
Robert Abernathy. Junior. 1955

Judith Merril.
The Tomorrow People.
Pyramid. 1960

Judith Merril, Emily Pohl-Weary.
Better to Have Loved: the life of Judith Merril.
Between the Lines. 2002

What was it like for a gender-bender who made it in a man's world fifty years ago?

Known as the little mother of science fiction, Judith Merril burst onto the New York literary scene in 1948 with a disturbing story about nuclear radiation. Find out how Merril and other early science fiction writers lived, argued, dated, mimeoed their manifestos, and learned step by step how to write stories and (in some cases) how to get paid for them.

Better to Have Loved journeys amongst the people, places, and things Merril loved. Her life was a microcosm of alternative cultural and political movements. Born into early Zionist circles, she ventured as a teenager into the Trotskyism of the l930s and ’40s. From there she became involved with emergent science fiction, resistance to the war in Vietnam, the free university movement, and tuning-in and turning-on. In 1968, Merril moved to Canada to live and work in Rochdale, Toronto’s student-run university.

When Merril died in 1997, she left her granddaughter Emily Pohl-Weary with a partially-completed manuscript, a dozen tapes of interviews they had conducted during her last year, and complete instructions about everything she wanted included in the book. Better to Have Loved is the result.

Judith Merril, ed.
The Best of Sci-Fi 5.


Carol Emshwiller. Day at the Beach. 1959
Daniel Keyes. Flowers for Algernon. 1959
Theodore Sturgeon. The Man Who Lost the Sea. 1959
Hilbert Schenk. Me. 1959
Mark Clifton. What Now, Little Man?. 1959
Gordon R. Dickson. The Dreamsman. 1959
Lawrence Block. Make a Prison. 1958
Jack Sharkey. Multum in Parvo. 1959
Cordwainer Smith. No, No, Not Rogov!. 1958
John W. Campbell Jr. "What Do You Mean ... Human?". 1959
Ralph Dighton. Sierra Sam. 1960
Ray Bradbury. The Shoreline at Sunset. 1959
Clifford D. Simak. A Death in the House. 1959
Avram Davidson. No Fire Burns. 1959
Roger Price. An Inquiry Concerning the Curvature of the Earth's Surface and Divers Investigations of a Metaphysical Nature. 1958
Jack Finney. The Other Wife. 1960
Damon Knight. The Handler. 1960
Randall Garrett. Hot Argument. 1959
Fritz Leiber. Mariana. 1960
J. G. Ballard. The Sound Sweep. 1960
Darrel T. Langart. What the Left Hand Was Doing. 1960
Will Worthington. Plenitude. 1959