Canadian Report - May 2002
Better to Have Loved:
The Life of Judith Merril by Judith
Merril and Emily Pohl-Weary
I caught up with Emily at a reading she did in NYC for the book and was surprised that some of the people paying tribute were prominent SF personalities that I recognized including Ellen Datlow, Gordon VanGelder, Brian Cholfin, Kelly Link and David Hartwell. After the reading, Emily asked if anyone wanted to say a few words. David Hartwell got up, and told of a woman introducing herself to him as Judith Merril at a con. “That’s nice, dear,” he replied blithely. Well, Judith, instead of being offended, was thrilled that her time in Canada had made her slip below the radar of New York City.
Below the 49th: SF books by Canadian authors that are available in Canada but published by US houses.
by Robert Sawyer (Tor/0312876920/C$35.95/$25.95)
by Karl Schroder (Tor/076530371X/C$35.95/$27.95)
by Phyllis Gotlieb (Tor/0312878761/C$34.95/$24.95)
Having two important Canadian SF women writers come out with books in the same month, one must draw parallels. I think Phyllis, being the first Canadian member of SFWA, is more like Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon. (One small step for SF – one giant leap for Canadian women writers.) Of course, I’d have Judith Merril play the astronaut and statesman role of John Glenn – in her case, writer, editor and anthologist.
Just a side note, there’s been a minor commotion at GDS (they must have just found those “extra” expenses I put in for when I worked there in 1999). As a result, the fate of Stoddart as well as its subsidiary and related imprints, are in jeopardy. I am sure a number of Canadian published SF titles will be affected. First among the casualties is West of January, a reprint of David Duncan’s classic, formerly due out this month from Bakka Books. Sources are optimistic that it will be a short delay. In the meantime, you could check out Hugo's New Home Brew, Edited by Don Bassie and Karen Bennett, which is on sale through the Made in Canada website www.geocities.com/canadian_sf. Proceeds benefit their quest for a new domain name.
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© 2002 Ernest Lilley / SFRevu