Judgment Night

Catherine Lucille Moore was the first woman to have a book published by Gnome. She would have two more collections of short stories issued under her name and two books of short works as by Lewis Padgett, one of the pen names she and her husband, Henry Kuttner, used. This collection consists of short stories all first published by Astounding, only one of them under her real name, the others under another collaborative pen name, Lawrence O’Donnell. The story of her writing partnership with Kuttner is given at length in Tomorrow and Tomorrow/The Fairy Chessmen. Her solo career is in Shambleau and Others. Since her collaborative work with Kuttner is consistently published by Gnome under the Padgett name, the obvious conclusion is that these Lawrence O’Donnell stories are hers alone. In fact, as far as is known today, these are the only Lawrence O’Donnell stories that are not in collaboration with Kuttner.

Contents and original publication:

• “Judgment Night” (Astounding Science Fiction,  August 1943 and September 1943)
• “Paradise Street” (Astounding Science Fiction, September 1950, as by Lawrence O’Donnell)
• “Promised Land” (Astounding Science Fiction, February 1950, as by Lawrence O’Donnell)
• “The Code” (Astounding Science Fiction, July 1945, as by Lawrence O’Donnell)
• “Heir Apparent” (Astounding Science Fiction, July 1950, as by Lawrence O’Donnell)

ESHBACH’s print runs are for true printings; he does not mention later bindings. So his plain listing of 4000 copies indicates a single printing only. The variant boards must come from a later binding of loose pages; CHALKER gives them as “c.1956” and KEMP follows.

Groff Conklin reviewed this for the May 1953 Galaxy:

A rich collection indeed – varied, imagination-stretching, written without cheapness or shallowness. I don’t think you should miss this one.

Judgment Night, by C. L. Moore, 1952, title #22, 344 pages, $3.50, 4000 copies printed, 2500 bound 1952, 1500 bound 1956?.

Hardback. Jacket design by Frank Kelly Frease [typo for Freas]. “a selection of science fiction” is on the title page; “Unusual and Exciting SCIENCE FICTION” on the dust jacket. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Printed and bound by H. Wolff. Back cover: 26 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

1) CURREY (A) Light teal blue cloth, spine lettered in red, 1952
2) CURREY (B) Darker teal blue boards, spine lettered in dark blue, 1956?

Judgment Night jacket front

Judgment Night jacket flapsJudgment Night blue-gray cloth2

Judgment Night blue-gray boards

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