Better to Have Loved
The Life of Judith Merril
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 from classic science fiction magazines, period illustrations, and striking photography.
- Short-listed, Toronto Book Awards 2003
- Winner, Hugo Award 2003
I loved Judy…I didn't care a fig about her taste, but I loved her effect. She was an extraordinary catalyst, a perfect editor.- Michael Moorcock, author of Gloriana and The Condition of Muzak
Judith Merril was not only a vital member of the literary community, but a vital person, in the largest sense of that word. She lived her times and places thoroughly, and enriched us all.- Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin
The strongest woman in a genre for the most part created by timid and weak men.- J.G. Ballard, author of Crash and Empire of the Sun
Without Judith Merril, neither science fiction nor Canadian science fiction nor Canadian literature nor the world at large would exist in their present form. Better to Have Loved is essential reading for anyone who's interested in How Science Fcition Got That Way. In turning a jumbled heap of bright shards into this amazing book, Emily Pohl-Weary has accomplished a task I secretly thought impossible.- Spider Robinson, author of The Free Lunch