DESTINATION MOON. Boston: Gregg Press, 1979. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Heinlein to the introducer and coeditor of the Gregg Press Science Fiction series. Includes Heinlein's novelette, "Destination Moon," his essay on the making of the George Pal film, reproduction of a 24-page illustrated promotional booklet, FACTS ABOUT DESTINATION MOON, and 13 full-page stills. George Pal's 1950 film Destination Moon is loosely based on this novel. Heinlein co-authored the screenplay and served as a technical advisor to the production, along with German rocket expert Hermann Oberth. Destination Moon, the first of Pal's many SF films, "has great historical importance: its commercial success initiated the SF film boom of the 1950s, after a decade that had contained almost no SF cinema at all. It has interest in hindsight, too, in the partial accuracy with which it anticipated the actual Moon landing of 1969. To this day, Destination Moon stands as a film obvious made by people who knew about science ..." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Science Fiction Encyclopedia (1993), p. 324. A fine copy without dust jacket as issued. Copies of this book signed or inscribed by Heinlein are rare. (#140134).
"First Printing, September 1979" on copyright page.