THE DAY THEY H-BOMBED LOS ANGELES. New York: Ace Books, Inc., . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Ace Books D530. "Hydrogen bombs destroy most of Los Angeles but survivors discover they were dropped by their own government in order to contain some horrible danger. Zombies roaming the ruins of L.A. turn out to be the cause of the bombing, not the result of it. Biological science fiction: a 'protein molecule' (i.e., a virus) mutated in the Pacific by atomic testing washes ashore in L.A. and turns people into semi-animalistic 'zombies' -- but only as a first stage until they recover from this and look just like normal humans, except for a certain fearlessness and passion to kill humans, or 'convert' them via blood bonding to their own kind, which is essentially a new species." - Robert Eldridge. Brians, Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, 1895-1984, p. 339. Reginald 15397. Text paper tanned, a fine copy. (#157969).
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