PEOPLE MINUS X. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1957. Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First edition. Part of the "Dawn of the Demi-Gods" sequence, preceded by "Passport to Jupiter" (STARTLING, January 1951), a "future history in which the population of Earth vicariously experiences the exploration of the solar system via weekly virtual reality broadcasts featuring the intrepid Hartwell family, climaxing in the invention of vitaplasm, which governs the plot of the sequel by making Androids possible. The sequence reflects Gallun's many years of writing in a four-square idea-oriented style for the Pulp magazines, and unsurprisingly derives its energy from the concepts which flood it, including body-miniaturization, body-recording, the transfiguration of human volunteers into denizens of space, and much more ... Gallun is the best of those pre-1939 SF writers who failed to remain well known into the current nostalgic period." - John Clute, SFE (online). The author's first novel to be published as a book, preceded by pamphlet published circa 1942 printing a short story, "The Machine That Thought," under the pseudonym William Callahan. Some darkening to edges of text paper, else a fine copy in very good dust jacket with general dust soiling to white background. (#145200).

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