MODERAN. [New York]: Avon, . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Avon V2403. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Bunch to David G. Hartwell on the first page: "To David G. Hartwell, with / all best wishes -- / David R. Bunch / 10-10-71." Accompanied by a typewritten letter from Bunch to Hartwell discussing the critical reception of MODERAN. He notes that several parts of MODERAN were published in different form in literary magazines, including Hartwell and Beeler's THE LITTLE MAGAZINE. Insane man-machines wage war as a pastime and ultimately the winner destroys the world. "A collection of linked stories of a future world completely altered by the progressive cyborgization of its inhabitants and artificalization of its environments. Humanity is lost with the discarded 'flesh-strips,' and the nightmare progresses to its inevitable conclusion. A magnificent work full of striking imagery and fine prose." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-190. "One work which transcends categorization to deal in semi-allegorical fashion with the relationship between human and machine via the symbol of the cyborg is David R Bunch's MODERAN, an assemblage of vignettes about a world where machine-men gradually forsake their 'fleshstrips' and retire into mechanized "strongholds" to plot the destruction of their fellows." - Brian Stableford and David Langsford, SFE (online). Brians, p. 150. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 331. Rear cover just a bit tanned, a nearly fine copy. An important association copy. (#157954).
"First Avon Printing, May, 1971" on copyright page.