“That Only a Mother,” Judith Merril, 1948

That Only a Mother,” Judith Merril, 1948 – A woman proudly presents her new baby to its father, who has recently returned from a tour in WW III, a protracted war that has led to substantial radiation poisoning in the populace.  What the mother sees as a human child worthy of love, the father sees as a grotesque mutant—and proof that his wife has gone mad.

Comments:  Told initially through a series of letters to the husband.  Read in Women of Wonder.

Author: Wikipedia: “Judith Josephine Grossman (January 21, 1923 – September 12, 1997), who took the pen-name Judith Merril about 1945, was an American and then Canadian science fiction writer, editor and political activist.”


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