Housed in a state-of-the-art library building, the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, is a non-circulating research collection of 72,000 items. A gift to our city from Judith Josephine Grossman (1923-1997), pen-name Judith Merril, this archive is one of the planet’s finest popular culture collections. Its focus is science fiction fantasy, speculative fiction, magic realism, experimental writing, parapsychology, UFO’s, etc.
“Judith Merril was not only a vital member of the literary community, but a vital person in the largest sense of the word. She lived her times and places thoroughly and enriched us all.” <MARGARET ATWOOD>
A founding resident of TORONTO’s Rochdale College, television broadcaster; magazine, book and short story writer; anthologist, activist – Judith Merril was all of these and much more.
American-born, she became a Canadian citizen in 1976, and spent 40 years writing and researching science fiction and the paranormal. Her collection, originally named the ‘Spaced Out Library’, moved from place to place until it eventually found a home in a brand new library at 239 College Street, adjacent to the University of Toronto.