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Just a Little Rain

Shadow on the Hearth

By Judith Merril  

21 Feb, 2021

Because My Tears Are Delicious To You


Judith Merril’s 1950 Shadow on the Hearth is a standalone post-apocalyptic novel. 

When her maid Veda calls in sick, harried Westchester housewife Gladys Mitchell waves goodbye to her commuter husband and tackles the household chores alone. There is so much to do that it is not until well after the fact that she learns that the US has been attacked with atomic bombs. 

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A Faithful Soldier, Without Fear

Gunner Cade

By C. M. Kornbluth & Judith Merril  

26 Mar, 2017

Because My Tears Are Delicious To You


Gunner Cade is an SF adventure novel 1byCyril Kornbluth and Judith Merril, originally published under the pen-name Cyril Judd.

Wow,am I slow on the uptake … it’s just now I see how they came up with the pen-name.

It is fitting that the Emperor rules. It is fitting that the Armsmen serve the Emperor through the PowerMaster and our particular Stars. While this is so all will be well,to the end of time.

Gunner Cade believes this with every atom of his well-conditioned body. If not for the emperor and the unbending rules Cade and his fellow warriors serve, the world might fall back into the clutches of the Beetu-Nine, the Beefai-voh, and Beethrie-Six. Thanks to the selfless sacrifice of the Emperor, the world has been secure for ten thousand years.

Cadei s loyal to a fault and nobody can fault his determination to adhere to the rules. His imagination is sadly deficient, which is why it ever occurs to him he should distrust the elderly commoner. So he quaffs the drugged drink she offers him.

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Canadian Content

Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril

By Judith Merril & Emily Pohl-Weary  

29 Jun, 2015

Miscellaneous Reviews


2002’s Hugo-nominated Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril is the posthumous autobiography of noted writer/editor Judith Merril. Merril having passed away in 1997, the work of turning Merril’s notes into a book fell to her granddaughter Emily Pohl-Weary. Better to Have Loved is also a forthright and frank reply to a few sanitized histories of science fiction published in recent years.

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