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The Hydra Club was a social organization of science fiction professionals and fans. It met in New York City during the 1940s and 1950s.


It was founded October 25, 1947 in the apartment of Judith Merril and Frederik Pohl on Grove Street in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York. As nine founders were present, the club took its name from the legendary nine-headed monster, the Hydra.

Among its members were Lester del Rey, David A. Kyle, Frederik Pohl, Judith Merril, Martin Greenberg, Robert W. Lowndes, Philip Klass, Jack Gillespie, David Reiner, L. Jerome Stanton, Fletcher and Inga Pratt, Willy Ley, George O. Smith, Basil Davenport,[1] Sam Merwin, Harry Harrison, Jerome Bixby, Groff Conklin, Bea Mahaffey, Murray Leinster, Jack Coggins, Avram Davidson[2] and J. Harry Dockweiler.[3]

An article by Merril about the club in the November 1951 Marvel Science Fiction was accompanied by Harry Harrison's drawing caricaturing 41 members: [4]

Harrison's caption adds, "The remaining twenty-odd members showed up too late at the meeting."


  1. ^ Basil Davenport
  2. ^ Davidson 2006, Adventures in Unhistory, in the essay "The Great Rough Beast", originally published in 1989
  3. ^ David A. Kyle. "The Legendary Hydra Club". Mimosa 25. Rich and Nikki Lynch. Retrieved 7 August 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  4. ^ Judith Merril. "The Hydra Club". Marvel Science Fiction November 1951, p. 126-129. Blogger user "Sleestak". Retrieved 7 August 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)

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