STAR SCIENCE FICTION STORIES NO. 2. New York: Ballantine Books, . Octavo, boards. First edition. The pioneer SF original anthology series. Collects fourteen stories by Alfred Bester, Hal Clement, Lester del Rey, C. M. Kornbluth, and others. Includes Jerome Bixby's "It's a Good Life," a story Bleiler (1983) terms "a modern classic." Also, "The Purple Fields," Robert Crane's first published story, a tale of a post-World War III future in which the United States is an authoritarian dystopia controlled by the "Program." Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1398. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1319. Some offsetting to endpapers, a near fine copy in very good plus dust jacket with some mild rubbing to corners and spine ends and along front flap fold, mild fading to spine panel. (#126394).
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