London: New English Library, 1980. British first edition. Hardcover. This is the British first edition, a better than near fine copy in a fine dust jacket. The black binding is square, clean, bright, and tight with sharp corners, bright spine gilt, and no appreciable wear. The contents remain bright with a crisp, unread feel and show neither spotting nor previous ownership marks. The lightest suggestion of trivial soiling and age-toning to the page edges is all that prevents our grading this copy as truly "fine". The dust jacket remains bright, clean, crisp, and unfaded with only a hint of trivial wear to a few points at the extremities. The dust jacket is protected beneath a removable, clear, archival cover.
From the publisher: "A mad scientist and his beautiful daughter; a penal colony on a Mars where the British Empire and Imperial Russia are at war; a universe with no letter 'J'; Multiperson Pantheistic Solipsism; a remarkable space/time machine and the Beast of Revelations are just some of the ingredients of the long-awaited new novel by a writer who has been at the forefront of the field for the past forty years."
Robert Anson Heinlein (1907-1988) was one of the “Big Three” mid-twentieth century “Golden Age” science fiction writers, along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. A prolific writer with a career spanning half a century, Heinlein published more than 30 novels, along with numerous short stories and collections. He was already an established and successful author in the genre when he won his first Hugo Award for Double Star in 1956. He would be recognized thus three more times – for Starship Troopers in 1960, for Stranger in a Strange Land in 1961, and for The Moon is a Harsh Mistress in 1966.
Noticeable in his early writing but particularly prevalent after Starship Troopers, Heinlein used his novels to provoke thought and limn his own perspectives about the role, limitations, and confining structures of society, the obligations of citizenship, and the prerogatives of freedom. Heinlein was lauded not just for individual stories, but also for weaving coherent speculative futures with themes and characters that spanned swathes of his writing over decades. Heinlein’s “Future History” series was nominated for a Best All-Time Series Hugo Award in a very strong field in 1966, losing (along with fellow nominee The Lord of the Rings) to Asimov’s Foundation series. Fittingly, Heinlein’s name accompanies his imagination into space; an asteroid and a crater on Mars are named after him. Item #006167