THE ENGINES OF THE NIGHT: SCIENCE FICTION IN THE EIGHTIES. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1982. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii [ix-xi] xii [xiii-xiv] [1] 2-198 [199] [200-202: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], boards. First edition. Thirty-six essays focusing on the current state of the genre with analyses of the factors that caused its decline. Malzberg argues that the decade of the 1950s was the "golden age" of American SF and its decline during the last two decades was largely due to restricted market, lazy authors, and commercial practices of editors and publishers. Many of Malzberg's charges were and are still on target. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 8-83. Remainder spray along bottom edge of text block, else a fine copy in near fine dust jacket with light wear at edges and mild dust soiling to rear panel. (#131099).

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