SMALLCREEP'S DAY. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1965. Octavo, boards. First edition. Brown's only novel, a surreal, sometimes comic, sometimes macabre, satire on modern industrial life. The protagonist, Pinquean Smallcreep (Works Number 1644/254), "is a slotter in a factory. His job is to slot a certain type of slot in a certain type of pulley. He has been doing this, day in and day out, for sixteen years when the time comes that he feels he must know the purpose and function of this particular pulley. So one morning he abandons his machine and his fixed routine, and sets out to search the factory until he has found the answer." - jacket copy. "... set in an indeterminate future ... an extremely effective absurdist quest, into the heart of a vast, palpably allegorical factory." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Science Fiction Encyclopedia (1993), p. 165. A classic novel of the 1960s, virtually unknown due to the scarcity of the first edition and the equally scarce 1973 trade paperback reprint. Out-of-print since the mid-1970s, the book was reissued in 2008. In the February 2009 issue of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, SF writer and critic Lawrence Person calls it "a bitter, didactic, bracing novel." Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Slight spine lean, top edge of pages a bit darkened, a nearly fine copy in very good first state dust jacket (no BBC quote on front panel) with light wear and some general dust soiling. (#154635).
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