THE RING OF RITORNEL. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1968. Octavo, boards. First edition. "A fine space opera ... The themes echoed here from the earlier FLIGHT INTO YESTERDAY (1953) recur again in FIREBIRD (1981), and these three works are among the most stylish space operas of their respective eras." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-495. "His first two novels, FLIGHT INTO YESTERDAY (1953) and THE RING OF RITORNEL (1968), feature cycles in time and Heroes who undergo transcendental metamorphoses in order to manipulate their own destinies and that of the human race; both novels are shamelessly melodramatic, and have an obvious kinship with the work of A E van Vogt." - SFE (online). "This 'comeback' novel (its author's first book in fifteen years) is a rather old-fashioned but none the less impressive galactic empire story -- complexly plotted, with Harness's characteristic time themes thrown in." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), pp. 305-6. "Among the most stylish modern space operas." - Brian Stableford. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#159942).
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