THE PUPPET MASTERS. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1951. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Parasitic slug "masters" from outer space "attach themselves to human hosts and control their every thought and action ... Speaking through a host, a master offers mankind a life of contentment, peace, and security of surrender, and the offer appears genuine ... [The novel] allegorizes modern anxiety about the preservation of freedom ... Heinlein anticipates that moment when a man must make the fateful choice between security and freedom." - Berger, Science Fiction and the New Dark Age, p. 106. "Fast-moving tale of paranoid (anti-Communist?) fears run wild. Well handled, a classic of it type." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 291. Filmed in 1994 with Donald Sutherland. Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-205. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 4. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1730-34. Page edges a bit tanned, a very good or better copy in good dust jacket with two small tape ghosts on front panel, one with wear along top and bottom edges with mild loss at spine ends and corner tips. (#150342).
First edition so stated on copyright page.