Judith Merril

From Fancyclopedia 3
(Redirected from Judith Merrill)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

(January 21, 1923 – September 12, 1997)

Judith Merril (born Josephine Juliet Grossman, later Judith Zissman, then Pohl), was the pen-name of an American / Canadian fan and pro editor. She was a member of the Futurians, and was accounted the first woman to join that famous club in her own right rather than as another member's girlfriend or wife.

Her pseudonym, adopted about 1945, was taken from the first name of her eldest daughter, Merril Zissman. She changed her name legally on immigrating to Canada in 1973. Judith Merril wrote three novels (the last two co-authored with C. M. Kornbluth under the pseudonym Cyril Judd) and some stories. She was a co-founder of the Hydra Club and the Milford conferences.

She published the fanzine Temper. She was a member of VAPA.

She is probably best known for the anthologies she started editing in 1950 — especially a popular "Year's Best" story-anthology series that ran from 1956 to 1967. Later, in Canada, she initiated the long-running Tesseract series of anthologies of Canadian sf. She was a judge of the International Fantasy Award.

In 1970, she began an endowment at the Toronto Public Library for the collection of all science fiction published in the English language. She donated all of the books and magazines in her possession to the library, which set up the Spaced-Out Library, with Merril as curator. It was renamed in Merril's last decade as the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation, and Fantasy.

She was married to Dan Zissman, then, after a romance with Futurian John B. Michel, she married Frederik Pohl; when their marriage fell apart, she spent time living with Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Fanzines and Apazines:

Awards, Honors and GoHships:

Person 19231997
This is a biography page. Please extend it by adding more information about the person, such as fanzines and apazines published, awards, clubs, conventions worked on, GoHships, impact on fandom, external links, anecdotes, etc. See Standards for People and The Naming of Names.