THE LAST LEGENDS OF EARTH. New York, London, Toronto, Sydney, Auckland: Doubleday, . Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First edition. The fourth novel in the Radix Tetrad sequence that "works as a complex meditation on metamorphosis elaborated within a space opera frame, so that densely ambitious moments of poetic aspiration alternate with episodes out of the rag-and-bone shop of pulp magazine fiction; this early use of space opera as frame or arena for baroque exfoliations of story immediately prefigures the similarly exorbitant work of Iain M. Banks and Dan Simmons ... By the time THE LAST LEGENDS OF EARTH has come to a close, long after Earth itself has become an inordinately complicated memory, human beings are strange creatures, resurrected out of dream, half-persona, half-godling. At the same time, however, a protagonist engages in a revenge fight with spiderlike Aliens." -John Clute, SFE (online). Literary agency stamp on front free endpaper. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#145423).
"September 1989 / First Edition / FG" on copyright page.