FORBIDDEN PLANET. New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, . Octavo, boards. First edition. Novelization of the 1956 MGM film starring Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, and Robby the Robot. "The film's lasting importance as science fiction ... derives in great part from the fact that its story is the stuff of written SF of the period -- a fact underscored by W. J. Stuart's novelization, which treats the film's theme in greater depth and with the seriousness it deserves." - Gunn (ed), The New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, p. 178. The film's plot, an updated version of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," is "very sophisticated for the time -- astonishingly so for a film originally designed for a juvenile audience ... The visual treatment of 'Forbidden Planet' was unsurpassed until '2001: A Space Odyssey,' made 12 years later. Despite its flaws, it remains one of the few masterpieces of SF cinema." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 437. Small abrasion to boards at lower left front corner, a very good plus copy in very good plus dust jacket with mild rubbing to corners, light rubbing to spine ends, small closed tear at lower edge of rear panel, and several small rub marks to spine folds. (#126436).