LUNAR DESCENT. New York: Ace Books, [1991.]. Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Ace Books 50485-X. Steele's third novel and the third book in his "Near Space" sequence, preceded by ORBITAL DECAY (1988) and CLARKE COUNTY, SPACE (1990). "LUNAR DESCENT (1991), set on and above the Moon, replays the grit and clangor of the first novel with a lighter touch. Though Steele displayed a damagingly lazy attitude towards characterization in these early books, and tended to export unchanged into space, decades hence, the tastes and habits of 1970s humanity, he managed all the same to convey a verisimilitudinous sense of the daily round of those men and women who would be patching together the ferries, ships, space stations and space habitats necessary for the next steps into space: if, that is, the long project is not betrayed." - SFE (online). Mild rubs to cover edges, a nearly fine, unread copy. (#156802).
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