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Kidd, Virginia

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1921-2003) US literary agent, editor and author, married to James Blish 1947-1963, who began to publish professionally in the early 1950s, publishing at least one story, "On the Wall of the Lodge" (June 1962 Galaxy) as Virginia Blish with James Blish; her first solo sf story, "Kangaroo Court", did not appear until much later, in Orbit 1 (anth 1966) edited by Damon Knight. Among other work, she edited three strong Original Anthologies: Millennial Women (anth 1978; vt The Eye of the Heron, and Other Stories 1980), Interfaces (anth 1980) with Ursula K Le Guin, and Edges: Thirteen New Tales from the Borderland of the Imagination (anth 1980), also with Le Guin. As a literary agent from 1965, she became known for her Feminist views and – although she did not exclusively handle Women SF Writers – for representing a highly capable range of feminist authors, including Carol Emshwiller, Le Guin, Josephine Saxton and James Tiptree Jr. [JC]

Mildred Virginia Kidd

born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 2 June 1921

died Milford, Pennsylvania: 11 January 2003


collections and stories

  • Suburban Harvest (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Gafia Press, 1952) as Virginia Blish [poetry: coll: chap: in the publisher's Gafia Poetry Leaflet series: pb/]

works as editor


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