Better to Have Loved

By Judith Merril, Emily Pohl-Weary,

Book cover of Better to Have Loved: the Life of Judith Merril

Book description

Judith merril was a pioneer of twentieth-century science fiction, a proflific 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.

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

1 author picked Better to Have Loved as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Merrill, a brilliant editor and writer in her own right, was a rare woman to cut through the chauvinistic world of the Golden Age writers.

The book recounts her journey as a writer (she wrote the classic SF story “That Only a Mother”), editor (as in the ground-breaking 60s anthology England Swings SF), her short-lived marriage to Fred Pohl and her fascination with socialism. It certainly gives you a different view of the male-dominated world of science fiction at the time, and an insight into one of SF’s important practitioners.

From Lavie's list on science fiction’s golden age.

Want books like Better to Have Loved?

Our community of 11,000+ authors has personally recommended 100 books like Better to Have Loved.

Browse books like Better to Have Loved

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in socialism, the patriarchy, and presidential biography?

11,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about socialism, the patriarchy, and presidential biography.

Socialism Explore 50 books about socialism
The Patriarchy Explore 82 books about the patriarchy
Presidential Biography Explore 19 books about presidential biography