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Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril

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Judith Merril was a pioneer of twentieth-century science fiction, a prolific author, and editor. She was also a passionate social and political activist. In fact, her life was a constant adventure within the alternative and experimental worlds of science fiction, left politics, and Canadian literature. Better to Have Loved is illustrated with original art works, covers ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 19th 2002 by Between the Lines(CA)
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Jim Smith
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who has ever read a word of science fiction; anyone who ever knew, met, spoke with or was challenged by Judith Merril; anyone who wants to understand a beautiful, difficult, maddening and brilliant woman like Judy; anyone who wants to know fascinating dirt from the heyday of the science fiction world - every single one should buy this book, read it, and tell ten friends to. I am so happy that Judy's grand-daughter Emily achieved the impossible and brought this book to completion.
Brian Gaston
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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If you are someone (like me) that wants to understand how science fiction got its roots and became popular by understanding the people that wrote it, it doesn't get much better than this. (However, if not, don't bother with this book!)
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]"Then some of my (male) friends and compeers began publishing politely laundered autobiographies of their successes and I was snowblinded by the detergent. Here were lists of stories sold, banquets attended, speeches given, editors lunched, even wives married and divorced, with never a shriek of tear or tremor or orgasm, and hardly a belly laugh anywhere... Somebody, I thought, should tell it like it was."[return][return]Well, she certainly ...more
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Also read for research for Apollo Quartet 4 All That Outer Space Allows. This is sort of Merrils autobiography it was compiled by Pohl-Weary from an aborted attempt by Merril to write an autobiography, her letters to various well-known sf names, and the introductions to some of her books (her collections and the anthologies she edited). Merril started out in the Futurians, an influential New-York-based group of fans in the 1940s, writing pulp fiction for hire, chiefly crime and westerns. They ...more
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it
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A fascinating and frustrating book - excellent for another take on the NYC SF scene of the 30s and 40s, or what Toronto was like in 1970, but I'm still waiting for the definitive biography of Judith Merril. Where are her daughters, other than as the subject of custody disputes? What about the London SF scene - she alludes to Michael Moorcock, Hilary Bailey and J.G. Ballard, but doesn't have much to say about them.
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Judith Josephine Grossman (Boston, Massachusetts, January 21, 1923 - Toronto, Ontario, September 12, 1997), who took the pen-name Judith Merril about 1945, was an American and then Canadian science fiction writer, editor and political activist.

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