THE BEST OF THOMAS N. SCORTIA. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1981. Octavo, boards. First edition. Collects eleven stories and an essay published between 1954 and 1974 with introduction by Frank Herbert and afterword by Robert A. W. Lowndes. Edited by George Zebrowski. Includes "The Weariest River," a novella depicting a corporate dystopia in which everyone is immortal but the immortality did not arrest the aging process. The Company controls the Heinholtz formula, sells immortality policies, and has come to own the world. Weak oldsters, rebels and malcontents suffer endless imprisonment in the Kraals, coffin-like cells with liquid nutriments pumping food and oxygen through dreamless bodies. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 354. Publisher's review slip laid in. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#140208).
First edition so stated on copyright page.