THE STEEL CROCODILE. New York: Ace Publishing Corporation, . Folio, loose sheets, printed on rectos only. Unpaged galleys of the first edition. "The Colindale Institute functions ostensibly to anticipate new developments in research so as to be in a position to encourage or suppress them. A major special project aims to generate a new messiah to better control the masses. The work is aided by a computer system capable of highly sophisticated, associative retrieval, and naturally, the computer nominate itself for the role of messiah." - Mowshowitz, p. 303. Issued as part of the highly-regarded Ace "Specials" series. Published later the same year in Britain as THE ELECTRIC CROCODILE. 1970 Nebula nominee. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-273. A fine copy. Rare in this format. Enclosed in a custom cloth slipcase with leather spine labels. (#140294).