SOMETIME, NEVER: THREE TALES OF IMAGINATION by William Golding, John Wyndham [and] Mervyn Peake. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1956. Octavo, boards. First edition. Original anthology collecting three novellas: "Envoy Extraordinary" by William Golding (science fiction set in the ancient world), "Consider Her Ways" by John Wyndham (feminist science fiction set in a dystopian future), and "Boy in Darkness" by Mervyn Peake (a fantastic tale set in the world of Titus Groan). Golding's story was adapted later as a play and published as THE BRASS BUTTERFLY (1958). According the Berger (Science Fiction and the New Dark Age, pp. 196-8), Wyndham's "haunting" novella in which "the preventable is not prevented," is "the quintessence of dystopian fiction." Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-78. Reginald 13447. Gekoski and Grogan B1a. Very slight spine lean, mild dust soiling to top edge of text block, else a fine copy in bright, very good plus dust jacket with light edge wear, light age-darkening to spine panel and extremities of flaps, mostly internal but with some show through on flaps, and dust soiling to rear panel. An elusive book. (#104891).
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