THE FALL OF THE SHELL. New York: Ballantine Books, . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Ballantine Books 30595. Book four of The Pelbar Cycle, set 1100 years from now in a barbaric America after a meteor shower triggers a catastrophic worldwide nuclear war. The author, who won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1983, concentrates on the psychological and sociological, rather than technological, implications of his premise, and presents a matriarchal society that emerges along the Mississippi River as the best hope for unifying a fragmented America. However, some of the male characters in the story, finding the subservient status of males oppressive and dystopian, choose to rebel. Reginald 36961. Faint bookstore stamp on inside of front cover, several faint, shallow scratches to front cover, else a fine, unread copy. (#146543).
"First Edition: October, 1982" on copyright page.