FALSE NIGHT. Algis Budrys.

FALSE NIGHT. New York: Lion Books, Inc., [1954]. Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Lion Books 230. The author's first book. This story about the survivors of a world wide plague, carries forward one of the major themes of twentieth-century science-fiction, from M. P. Shiel's THE PURPLE CLOUD and Jack London's THE SCARLET PLAGUE through George R. Stewart's EARTH ABIDES to the 1950s and 60s, when the sub-genre proliferated. A year after SOME WILL NOT DIE, the whole tradition was transformed by the baroque disaster novels of J. G. Ballard, THE DROUGHT and THE WIND FROM NOWHERE. But the earlier realist tradition still persisted into the 1980s in such novels as Kim Stanley Robinson's THE WILD SHORE. Though Budrys wrote only nine novels in his long career, he is generally considered one of the finest realistic stylists of modern science fiction. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 250. Merest touch of wear to fore-edge of rear cover (from trimming, not abuse), a fine copy. A bright, very sharp copy. (#160706).

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"Lion edition published December, 1954" on copyright page.