ARSLAN. New York: Arbor House, . Octavo, boards. First hardcover edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Engh to her editor, David G. Hartwell, on the title page: "To David --- / You saved it! / Mary Jane." The author's first SF novel. First published in 1976 by Warner Books as a paperback original. A major work of political SF, in which the world is conquered and ruled by a Middle Eastern dictator. "Arslan, the ruthless young leader of Turkestan, seizes power from the bureaucrats of the Soviet Union. Then, using their laser weapons, he forces the whole world to submit to him. A magnetic but deranged personality, like a combined Alexander the Great and Pol Pot, he sets out to free the Earth from the pressures of human civilization. This extraordinary first novel is narrated by two male inhabitants of an American midwest town, where Arslan sets up his temporary headquarters. Lyrical, brilliantly characterized, shocking, psychologically astute -- it is a masterpiece." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), pp. 19-20. Published later in the UK by Grafton Books as A WIND FROM BUKHARA (1989). Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-381. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 374. Reginald 22677. Review slip and publisher's publicity material laid in. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#158646).
First printing has code "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on copyright page.