Saturday, May 3, 2008

** Judith Merril's "That Only a Mother" (short story, science fiction)

Moving story of a post nuclear apocalypse where normal child births are very rare; nearly all children born are grossly deformed. Story tracks a woman's pregnancy, birth of a daughter, & first few years (or months?) of the daughter. Mother so badly wants her child to be normal that she hasn't even noticed that her daughter lacks all limbs - even several years after birth!!

See also.

  1. Wilmar H Shiras' "In Hiding": Another story that features a very fearful maternal grandmother. Her daughter & son-in-law died in the after effects of nuclear accident, & their surviving baby is might be a mutant.

Collected in.

  1. Robert Silverberg (Ed)'s "The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume One, 1929-1964".

Fact sheet.

First published: Astounding, June 1948.
Rating: A

Note: Why is this post so short?