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Judgment Night: A Selection of Science Fiction

C.L. Moore

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Golden Age Masterworks, Fiction, Science fiction

Five dramatic novellas from the Golden Age of Science Fiction, in a striking new edition!

Released in 1952, Judgment Night collects five Moore novellas from the pages of editor John W. Campbell, Jr.'s Astounding Science Fiction magazine:

''JUDGMENT NIGHT'' (first published in August and September, 1943) balances a lush rendering of a future galactic empire with a sober meditation on the nature of power and its inevitable loss;

''THE CODE'' (July, 1945) pays homage to the classic Faust with modern theories and Lovecraftian dread;

''PROMISED LAND'' (February, 1950) and ''HEIR APPARENT'' (July, 1950) both document the grim twisting that mankind must undergo in order to spread into the solar system;

''PARADISE STREET'' (September, 1950) shows a futuristic take on the old western conflict between lone hunter and wilderness-taming settlers.

Chosen by the author herself as the best of her longer-form writing, these stories show a gifted wordsmith working at the height of her talents.

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C.L. Moore

C L Moore (1911 - 1987)
Catherine Lucille Moore was born in Indianapolis in 1911. Prolonged illness when young meant she spent much of her time as a child reading the fantastic tales of the day, a background that no doubt spurred her on to become a writer of science fiction and fantasy herself. Moore made her first professional sale to Weird Tales while still in her early 20's: the planetary romance 'Shambleau', which introduced one of her best-known heroes Northwest Smith. She went on to produce a highly respected body of work, initially solo for Weird Tales and then, in collaboration with her husband, fellow SF writer Henry Kuttner, whom she married in 1940, for John W. Campbell's Astounding Science Fiction. Moore was one of the first women to rise to prominence in the male-dominated world of early SF, and paved the way for others to follow in her footsteps. Moore ceased to write fiction after Kuttner's death in 1958, concentrating instead on writing for television. She died in April 1987 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

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