THE CALL OF THE COSMOS. Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, n.d. . Octavo, illustrations, cloth. First edition in English. A collection of fiction and articles by the "grandfather" of Russian rocketry edited by V. Dutt. Includes Tsiolkovsky's short novel, OUTSIDE THE EARTH (published separately in English as BEYOND THE PLANET EARTH ), written at the turn of the twentieth century and first published in Russian in 1920. Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935) "Russian scientist and writer ... began investigating the possibility of space flight in 1878 ... [He] was the first great pioneer of space research and the first real prophet of the myth of the conquest of space which has played such a vital role in modern SF." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 1242. Still the definitive collection of Tsiolkovsky's writings in English translation. Suvin, Russian SF, p. 29. See Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 2-120 and (2004) II-1142. Reginald 14257. Not in Ciancone. A fine copy in very good dust jacket with light wear at edges and 35 mm closed tear along lower rear spine fold. Still the definitive collection of Tsiolkovsky's writings in English translation. (#158507).
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