NINE TOMORROWS: TALES OF THE NEAR FUTURE. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1959. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Collects two verse satires and nine stories including several classics; "The Dying Night," "The Last Question," and "The Ugly Little Boy." Also present here is "Profession," in which "imprinting knowledge directly into the brain leads to an uncreative society." - Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, pp. 264-5. "All the Troubles of the World" features MULTIVAC, a giant computer which directs Earth's economy and is the central clearing house of all known facts about each individual inhabitant of the planet. Ultimately, it grows "so complicated, its reactions are no longer those of a machine, but those of a living thing" and what it wants more than anything else is "to die." See Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-50. Hairline crack along front inner hinge (a common problem with Doubleday books with pad-bound signatures glued into board cases), else a fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with some rubbing along folds and top edge and small chip from lower edge of rear panel. (#129312).
First edition so stated on copyright page.