So I was on jury duty this week, apoplectic and the way they do it in my county is to pen up 300 people in a room for seven hours a day for a week straight, just in case some of them might be needed. Needless to say, I ran out of books the first day, and a copy of this (it’s from 1964, by the way) was sitting on a random end table. Judith Merril is apparently referred to as the mother of science fiction, and I assume that’s because of her anthology-editing. She wrote three books, two of which were under the pen name Cyril Judd, and numerous short stories, in addition to editing a few dozen anthologies. She was also instrumental in founding one of the first s-f cons, this one intended for the writers as a sort of business convention, and she was married to Frederik Pohl for many years.
The stories in this collection are all fairly hard science fiction; they generally deal with aliens, alien technology, space exploration, and the military applications of the above. The authors include many I’ve heard of and many that I hadn’t. Unfortunately, I forgot to write down the table of contents before I left the book on the table, and I can only find a few of them mentioned on the internet: Bernard Malamud, Fred Saberhagen, Andre Maurois, Walt & Leigh Richmond, Cordwainder Smith, Fritz Leiber, Richard Matheson, and Hal Clement. Continue reading The 9th Annual of the Year’s Best S-F, edited by Judith Merril