EMPIRE OF THE ATOM. Chicago: Shasta Publishers, . Octavo, boards. First edition. Signed by van Vogt. A mutant boy rises to power in a barbaric post-nuclear war "culture where radioactive elements are worshiped as gods and scientist-priests monopolize atomic power" (Brians). "A space opera of courtly intrigue which is modeled on Robert Graves's historical novels about the emperor Claudius" (Pringle). A novelization of a series of five stories published in ASTOUNDING between May 1946 and December 1947. The sequel is THE WIZARD OF LINN (1950; 1962). Very mild bruise to lower front corner tip, a fine copy in fine dust jacket with just a touch of dust soiling to the rear panel. (#134690).
First edition so stated on copyright page.