FOOL’S HARVEST. Melbourne: Robertson & Mullen Pty. Ltd., 1939. Octavo, pp. [1-7] 8-194 [195-196: blank], original pictorial buff wrappers printed in red and black. First edition. The intention of this awful warning tale of the future, first published as a 15-part serial in THE ARGUS in 1938 "was to awaken the people of Australia to the tragic possibilities of apathy towards adequate defense measures." Australia is turned into a giant prison camp and its natural resources are stolen by the ruthless Asian "Paramount Power," which controls the country by treaty after World War II. In 1966, after the loss of five million "white inhabitants" in the decades-long guerrilla war against the oppressors Australia is once again independent. This book edition adds two chapters. Blackford, et al., Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction, pp. 44-5. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Stone, Notes on Australian Science Fiction (2001), p. 58. Owner's name rubber-stamped on front cover and half title page. Spine lean, covers dusty and worn at edges, a good copy. Very scarce. (#159137).
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